This single rose was sticking out of a mess of bushes and vines, a lovely beacon on a grey day.
I mentioned back in June that I haven’t seen many water lilies this summer. That remains true all these weeks later.
These were in a small brick-rimmed pond at the back of the plantation house on a National Wildlife Refuge property I recently visited.
The seeds are just starting to form in the outer edges of this sunflower head, while the individual disk florets in the center are still developing.
Not really ice, but the lighting on this pond made it look like a slick skating rink beneath the flowers and crushed ice around the edges.
I find unopened Magnolia Blossoms to be very appealing. The water drops added to the allure of this one.
The bees were very busy in the sunflower fields.
These flowers need little dressing up, but a bee adds a nice visual touch.
Sunflower faces are supposed to follow the sun but on occasion one doesn’t get the message.
One bloom stands above the rest in a field of sunny flower faces.
This moth looks a little worse for the wear but found a great spot to gather some sustenance. The bee was working his way around the sunflower’s perimeter.
Then zip, the bee made a bee line to the next flower with some of that hard gained pollen dropping behind him. The moth didn’t miss a beat and continued his methodical probing.
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A single bloom remained on this plant on a shady path near the swamp. The newer Daylily varieties are flashy but I still like the old fashioned traditional orange.