A Season For Sharing

 

As days grow shorter and plants increasingly transform their flowers into seed, it’s quite common to find groups of insects drawn to the flowers that remain.

Here, skippers have sought out the riches of a late-October Kansas thistle; at one point, seven skippers sipped at this single, still-substantial bloom.

 

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Arrivederci, Aster

 

Asters collectively linger through autumn as other, more sensitive plants succumb to lower temperatures and lessened light, but the life span of individual flowers is relatively short.

Seen against the glow of a Gulf Coast camphor daisy, this tiny, half-inch wide aster already has begun the transition to seed head. The tendency of its ray flowers to resemble curled ribbons on a special package brought to mind a different title for this post, but ‘curl up and die’ seemed unkind. An affectionate and alliterative ‘arrivederci’ seemed better, although it will be other asters arriving to decorate next year’s spring.

 

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Autumn Abstraction: The Salt Flats

Virginia glasswort (Salicornia depressa) ~ Christmas Bay, Brazoria County, Texas

Limited in Texas to coastal counties, this low-growing glasswort is a member of the goosefoot family (Chenopodiaceae), which includes mostly succulent herbs. In autumn, it provides a splash of color across the salt flats, turning from green to yellow, orange, and red as the season advances.

 

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