Goldenrod Fuzz

The goldenrod has dropped its color and is slowly sagging as the cold weather comes.  The ends look furry now, gray and seed loosening up.  The birds must be having a grand time filling themselves.

Horsefeathers

I think this is more coltsfoot, although I still immediately think “dandelion” when I see them.  These have already gone from yellow to white dandelion clocks.  I’m surprised at how early in the season they have gone from flower to seed.  It also surprised me how heavily dandelions existed where the grass was cut, but …

Dangling Seeds

I’ve mentioned before my lack of knowledge about trees.  It continues.  But I was struck by the filaments of the seeds that have merged from these trees.  They’re remarkably delicate and I’ll have to make note of where they are so that I can identify them later.  It’s irritating, like having a word on the …

Moo not Oink

This one has been nagging at me for awhile.  I saw it first a few weeks ago and couldn’t figure out what it was.  It looks a bit like a buckwheat seed on top of a Queen Anne’s lace.  I am going with Cow Parsnip ( Heracleum maximum ) but I haven’t seen the flowers, …

Curled Dock

I thought this was a dying or somehow sickly version of the common mullein.  Then I looked closely and saw that it is entirely brown seeds, and is something entirely different.  I think it’s the Curled Dock ( Rumex crispus )  It’s rust brown color is quite pretty against the green and yellowing backdrop of …

Going to Seed

It is becoming time for plants to shed.  The many thistles in the area around the river are browning up and starting to break apart.  I have seen a few milkweed pods opened but they seem premature, as if bugs or other critters have had a gnaw at them.  This Common Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) …