I don’t like putting my blog into summer dormancy, but I haven’t found much in the past month to photograph and write about. But I’ve been itching to start shooting again, so last week, instead of hunting for wildflowers, I decided to spend time photographing flowers a little closer to home – that is, in my own front yard, since a lot of showy native plants are flowering there now. These include both typical and oddball members of the Asteraceae: goldenrod, New York aster, New York ironweed, joe-pye weed, blue mistflower, and the somewhat weedy Carolina elephant’s foot.
Aster family flowers are interesting in many ways, including their ability to attract bees and butterflies. I’ve taken over 700 photos in the past few days; once I’ve finished processing those and doing a bit of research, I’ll finally have more to post about. Stay tuned!
Those who are familiar with Joe Pye weed seem to be very fond of it. I really want to see one now, just to see what all they hype is about.
The ones pictured above are about six and a half feet tall. They are pretty spectacular. One of my upcoming posts will be about them.
Oh, that is bigger than they look, and bigger than I thought they got. I know nothing about them though.