Monday, September 1, 2014

The Mountain Roadsides in September

The mountains are calling and I must go.  John Muir

To celebrate Labor Day and the first day of September I've taken a couple of snap shots of the roadside flowers our Blue Ridge Mountain visitors are enjoying this weekend.  The wild flower colors have deepened from the pale white (with the exception of Queen Anne's Lace), pink and lavenders to deep autumn golden yellows.  Jewelweed (Impatiens biflora), Tall Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris) and Elm Leaf Goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia) are dominating the roadsides here in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Tall tickseed lines much of Aska area of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

On the low side wet side of my drive where my little creek flows the tall tickseed flowers dominate the roadside providing much needed food for pollinators in the area.

Just across the drive, north of the creek feed, is a different drier habitat hosting jewelweed also known as wild impatiens.  The little slipper shaped flowers attract humming birds, butterflies as well as bees.  It's so fun to see a "bumbly" (might be a new word) wood bee butt sticking out as they crawl inside to drink the nectar.

Pretty little slipper shaped flowers remind me of orchids.

The mountain side is previewing the colors of fall.

The pine trees are laden with fresh pine cones this year and the leaves on the dogwood are beginning to turn a muted crimson.  I think it's going to be a stunning fall!  What's blooming in your area?  Take a moment to reflect on the beautiful changes in nature and feed your soul.  Peace.