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.
*Identified with help from Butterflies and Moths of North America website: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Tolype-velleda
Dapple Gray with Unknown Rider
This photograph was found between pieces of sheet music, collected by my grandfather, Donald C. Minor, in the first half of the 20th century. It appears to be a poor copy of either a Carte De Visite or an early Cabinet card. The hat, sideburns and shirt will likely provide clues for dating. At this point, however, I am only able to surmise that this portrait is of a Minor, proudly showing off a favorite horse.