Thursday, September 13, 2012

Season Transition

Fall is in the air at Welkinweir.  The mornings are cooler, and leaves are drifting down from the trees at a faster rate than before.

The fall crocus are happily displaying their delicate purple faces.

The honeybees were too busy investigating the sedum to pose for a photo.

Fall blooming lespedeza is brightening up the west estate lawn.

A new addition to our plant collection, Appalachian mountain mint, is all a-fuzz nearby.

Seven-son flower has been in bloom for weeks and is covered in a variety of insect life.

The east meadow glows with goldenrod blooms. If you look closely, there is also a monarch in this photo.

This beauty had just emerged from its cocoon. I saw it while mowing and was able to avoid shredding those perfect new wings.  I returned later to coax it to open up those wings...

Male or female?  Based on the width of the black veins, this monarch is a male.

Come visit Welkinweir! You never know what you'll find.

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