Sunshine On My Shoulder (Wing Patches) Makes Me Happy

Widow Skimmer warms in morning sun.

The morning’s light builds heat in the goldenrod field, a thicket of last year’s woody stems and this year’s giant St. John’s wort, morning glory, and lanced leaf goldenrod flowers.  A Widow Skimmer extends his wings, warming his night-chilled blood.  Soon he will bob and weave his way onward.

 

Fall Color: Brown is a color, too!

Goldenrod stalks salute the autumn sun.

Goldenrod stalks salute the autumn sun.

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

By Dawn’s Early Light

Stemswear crystalJack Frost Visit

 

Dawn revealed the beautiful crystal, gifts of a winter night -