Here in mid-September Summer is wrapping up and Autumn is starting to move in; it's a time of transition between the two seasons. The Summer birds are restless and getting ready to head south; in fact the male Hummingbirds have already headed out and just the hardy females remain here to feed some more before they, too, head south for the Winter. The Goldenrod is at its peak and some Fall flowers are starting to appear, like the Calico Asters. The butterflies are still here but thinning out, but grasshoppers are all over the place; as I walked through the meadow in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on the way to the grocery store the grasshoppers were bouncing off me all the way. So here are some views from the walk through the park this morning to illustrate the transitional nature of the season.
|Spotted Touch-me-not (aka Jewelweed) in the Dykeman Spring wetland|
|A Cabbage White butterfly along the Dykeman Walking Trail|
|Multiflora Rose hips in the Dykeman Spring wetland|
|The Purple Martin house in the Dykeman Spring wetland, covered in Virginia Creeper|
|Calico Aster in the wetland|
|A Monarch butterfly on Goldenrod in the upland meadow|
© 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger