Now we can see the Grand Finale. These are New England Asters which will last till our first heavy frosts and snow.
There are a few remnants of earlier blooming asters and various types of goldenrod mixed in but as you can see the New England variety dominates.
It's also time for many of our song birds and raptors to begin moving south. I, as a fledgling birder, can identify some of the warblers in the spring as the males sport their gorgeous breeding colors. Not so easy in the fall, as the brighter colors fade. Still this "butter butt" (a.k.a. yellow rumped warbler) stands out on the prairie with his distinctive mark.
Trout, what a joy to see your post and photos in my news feed! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.ReplyDelete
That view with the asters is absolutely breathtaking! I imagine it would be quite stunning being there.ReplyDelete
Nice to see that two acres have been restored to nature....ReplyDelete
There was talk of more varitions in that warbler that they may be different someone had said on the radio. I am surprised you never tagged monarchs, I have been doing it for twenty years.Those asters are amazing, he must have spread hay perhaps in their glory time. I never have seen such a beautiful patchReplyDelete
Good on Mr Science for setting aside two acres for natural habitat.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the update Sr T. That was a good idea for a post. I love your photos of my beloved Midwestern prairie but I think I tend to look at one and think, 'that's the way it is,' when really it's, 'that's the way it is for the time being.'ReplyDelete
Don't you just love technical terms like "butter butt". The difference between that and the term "yellow rumped warbler" is like the difference between "Queen Elizabeth's royal crown" and "Queen Elizabeth's two million dollar hat."
The grand finale is sight to behold, and that's definite. I loved the pictures and I swear I caught a drift of perfume from those flowers.ReplyDelete
WOW that field of Asters is beautiful! We only see Butter butts in the spring...the Juncos are here now...saw a flake or two in the air yesterday...I am not ready:(ReplyDelete
What beautiful fields of flowers that look like bee heaven. Nature is so much better a landscaper than we are.ReplyDelete
Ah to have a cool name like "butter butt."
That is an impressive prairie field of blooms. Those asters should have drawn in a lot of monarch butterflies. The asters are beautiful.ReplyDelete
Hi Troutbirder, Those New England Asters are beautiful! And that is a great shot of the Yellow Rumped Warbler. I think "butter butt" will be easier for me to remember! :-) Re your question about the fall tree, yes, I do think that is a Maple. Thanks for your kind comment and stopping by my blog.ReplyDelete
Wonderful pictures. The one of the Asters made me want to go there and just sink down into their midst !ReplyDelete
It's beautiful! (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!ReplyDelete