Brown-Eyed Susan

We have a number of these flowers – brown-eyed susans, black-eyed susans, and the prairie coneflower – all along the runoff pond by the Tom Taylor trail.

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Sweet Goldenrod

The bees – a whole variety of them – were swarming the goldenrod, which itself is prolific along the riverbank now.  There’s a period where the yellow flowers are just emerging and then you can see a sea of yellow …

Bird Bath

It was pouring down rain and cold yesterday so we gave the river side a miss.  The sun came out today and we found this American goldfinch enjoying it as much as we were.  You can just see the ripple …

Resting Grasshopper

This grasshopper was on the asphalt one hot day as I walked home.  Unfortunately, the cyclists whizzing along the path often crush the living things that venture onto it.  I’ve seen squashed frogs, caterpillars, and snails.  The red tibia of …

Touch-me-not Spotted

This jewelweed, also known as Spotted Touch-me-not, has sprung up in all the marshy areas.  It’s delicate and often the blossom seems to dissolve after a rainstorm.  It appears with less frequency than the Himalayan Balsam – Indian Touch-me-not – …

Underappreciated Clover

Most suburbanites mow their clover down without a second thought.  It’s an interesting flower, though, and each little part of the flower is quite delicate.  This low pink clover is quite pretty and is quite a contrast to the tall …