The colors changing more quickly now. This tree was changing from the outer edge to the inside, with reds and golds slowly turning to green, all on the same branch. It reminded me of a rainbow.
We have always called this bittersweet – the green leaves, when eaten, have a tangy citrus flavor – and it is a frequent visitor to our lawn. This flower appeared in a cluster of other green along the river and I was surprised to see that it was bittersweet, or yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta ). We often see it in large patches and this was relatively small.
The St. John’s Wort, like most summer wildflowers, are long gone along the river bank. They have been replaced by clouds of white and blue asters. This one poked out amidst a low, shady green mass and seems to just be a late bloomer.
One of the things I’ve learned since starting this blog is that I’ve applied the term dandelion rather loosely. There is a flower known as a dandelion but every yellow-topped weed sometimes gets the same label. The tendrils on top are quite interesting.
This appears to be a perennial sowthistle. Or it could be a dandelion! The point being, my inexactness aside, that just because something looks like one plant, it may be something else. I need to do a better job of recording more of the plant so that identification is easier!
The toadflax – also known as “butter and eggs” – has grown quite tall. There are even large clusters of the flower, which I only recall reaching a very low stage last year. I must not have been watching carefully.
The goldenrod is already starting to fade. We have had a few very cold mornings, and frost. The yellow is turning to a light brown as the flowers become seed.
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 all around.
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 where, the moment before, it had been giving itself quite a vigorous bath.
These sunflowers have emerged along a marshy ditch and small creek that is separated from the main river by a large – man made, apparently – earthworks. Their centers are yellow, different from other sunflowers and coneflowers.