This has been one of those periods where I have been too busy to get out. I am preparing to leave on a long trip to South America. It will be wonderful, but I've had a lot on my plate trying to get ready and have started feeling the familiar, anxious pull. My favorite places that I haven't seen for what seems like weeks run like a newsfeed through my mind. Are the Kingfishers chattering on La Chua Trail? Can I see one more Harvester Butterfly at NATL before winter hits? Have all the Hummingbirds at Kanapaha Botanical gardens gone south on their migration? I'm headed for great and wonderful adventures in Argentina but I'm anticipating all the things will happen while I'm away. I won't hear the sound of the cranes as they come back to their winter home. I'll miss the migrating warblers. The Garberia is just starting to bloom in our yard. In an effort to check in one more time before December, I grabbed a morning and headed out to Morningside Nature Center to catch one last glimpse of the Fall wildflower colors. Although it's late in the season, I managed to find a few patches of flowers, but it appears that winter is soon upon us. Much of the brilliant color is done and mostly seed puffs and grasses remain.
|Fingergrass, Eustachys sp.|
|Foxtail and Crab Spider|
I did find some late bloomers--Euthamia and Salvia azuria. The butterflies found them, too.
|Blue Sage, Salvia azuria|
|Euthamia caroliniana and Butterflies|
I spied a couple of the last assorted Carphephorus. The crab spiders are taking advantage of tall perches.
|Carphephorus corymbosus and Crab Spider|
The Buckeye caterpillars have eaten almost all of the Agalinis.
|Buckeye Caterpillar eating Agalinis purpurea|
Dogs or coyotes running wild in the park left a treat for the dung beetles and I spied this one as he trundled along, working so hard.