The Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden sits just off the National Mall in Washington DC in front of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. We visited in mid-October and I was delighted to find a number of single blooms to photograph.
Most of the Rose bushes and other greenery were kind of ragged, not helped by recent yo-yo weather and it being at least 80 degrees on this October day.
I darkened the backgrounds to focus on the Rose colors. I particularly liked this lilac:
I spotted what I now know is a frond of Powdery Alligator-flag (Thalia dealbata) on a walk around the swamp last week. I took a few photographs because of the interesting color and texture. If I had seen the green insect at the time, possibly a member of the katydid family, I would have maneuvered closer for some additional shots.
I had revisited this plant after my May post with a visiting bee and continued to find it unremarkable throughout the summer. Evidently insects find it more attractive.
There is not much going on at the marsh areas we visit. The summer heat if full force and nesting / family rearing season for the birds that breed here has ended.
A Sunflower and a Turkey Vulture were my best photographs of the day. The Sunflower in a field planted by the Wildlife Management Service was hosting a bee.
The Turkey Vulture had been working on road kill clean up duty and circled around as we passed by. Masters of wind currents they are beautiful in flight, if not at all glamorous close up. Even on this short flight his turning skill into the pine tree was impressive.
I don’t know the plant or the insect. Rather pretty up close, the insect has a furry looking yellow jacket, but is not what I think of as a “Yellow Jacket.” The small flowers are on tall stalks growing in standing water at the edge of a swampy area.
The insect must have been getting some nourishment satisfaction or good taste because he kept at it, going round and round the plant.
Except for the purple highlights on the leaves, the plant is not particularly attractive to look at. I should go back in a week or so and see what it might have transformed into.