Appalachian Wednesday–Fall’s Last Flower

Well, it’s October. I realize the first day of fall was back in September, but October is when I KNOW the seasons are changing in these Appalachian mountains. Leaves are just starting to color, the mornings require a jacket, and the sky is getting ever bluer. It’s the bittersweet time of year when the weather is perfect, nature is at her loveliest, and I know it will all soon turn to bare branches and ice.

But before we have the foliage, there are the last of the flowers to savor. Goldenrod, asters in blue and white, thistles, jewel weed, and all the lovely ditch flowers whose names I know not. Here’s a sampling from yesterday’s hike. You’ll find thistles of the flora and fauna variety mixed in there. Enjoy!

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Fall Flower

8 thoughts on “Appalachian Wednesday–Fall’s Last Flower

  1. Another vote for Thistle!

    Fall in New Mexico is interesting. Warm days, cold nights, really lovely – a bit like California ‘champagne weather’. And a lot of wildflowers, too!

    And the Flies of Summer finally die off. We live on open range…cows = flies. Yuck.

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