Milkweed, Asters, and Bees

On my walk today I had a chance to look at unusual shapes and textures, as seen on these milkweed plants.  I love the design of the seed-filled milkweed pods – with their prickly-looking outer shells – in their elongated, elliptical form. And then when I see the milkweed plants without pods (as in the third photo), I wonder why its flowers did not get pollinated.  But then I am glad that a few monarchs did make it this far north to collect some of the milkweed nectar earlier in the summer, and thus help some of the plants to create new seeds.

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In among the wildflowers of the roadsides, it’s a joy to discover the purple asters blooming in large clusters, providing colour in the waning summer landscape.

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So many of these aster blooms are past their yellow-centred phase, and yet…..

There are still those hardy, determined bumble bees who continue to look for those still producing flowers to collect their supply of pollen for their hives in preparation for the approaching winter time.

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It’s fun to watch them as they go about their important business, totally focused and not even perturbed that I am standing nearby.

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