Fall Color: Brown is a color, too!

Goldenrod stalks salute the autumn sun.

Goldenrod stalks salute the autumn sun.

Fall Color Crystals

Sugar Maple Crystals, first frost 2013

Sugar Maple Crystals, first frost 2013

Fall Colors Podcast

Frosted Lupine Seed Pods, Pennsylvania meadow

Frosted Lupine Seed Pods, Pennsylvania meadow

Fall Color Breaking Out

Sugar Maple, though stressed by a dry summer, nonetheless gifts us with dazzling fall color.

Sugar Maple, though stressed by a dry summer, nonetheless gifts us with dazzling fall color.

Fall Color: Field of Gold

Let’s just clear the air, so to speak.  What follows does not make you sneeze.  No.  The culprit behind fall sneezing and wheezing is ragweed.  This beautiful specimen of Salidago rugosa, Rough Stem Goldenrod, is loving our cool, dry early fall.  Its downy stems are reaching heights of up to five and six feet, and its buttery rays buzz with honey and bumble bees way into the dusk, when I slip into the field of gold.

Goldenrod September Goldenrod jungle