No leaves turning yet, but the late summer flowers are here. It's been really dry, and some of the flowers are starting to shrivel before they've finished their cycle. Species in the shadier parts of the holler and the ones near the creek are doing better.
Today as I was counting flowers on jewelweed2, I found this awesome orb weaver:
Arrowshaped Micrathena (Micrathena sagittata), 30 August 2011 [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
American Beech1 has many nuts in the making but they are so high up that I'm having a hard time seeing if any of the burs are splitting open yet. Another beech in the neighborhood dropped a bunch of nuts on the lane recently. I picked up several and brought them inside to watch and photograph:
Now that my Echinaceas are going to seed I'm seeing a pair of American goldfinches every day. I got a few photos through the window -- too blurry to upload, especially after I caught a much better image of the male taking a break in the tobacco weed:
American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), 28 August 2011 [Photo credit: Cathie Bird]
Here are a few of the flowers that are blooming:
Goldenrod is on its way; wingstems are out, too, but it seems they are having a hard time this year...not as many blooming, it seems.
Today I found some chicory in bloom -- I posted a photo at View from Frog Pond Holler.