Well, I should have gone looking for Wild Bergamot last week. They looked pretty spent today, even though they still held onto a few of the raggedy flowers.
The Round-leaved Dogwood berries, however, were at their peak of beauty: pale blue, green, and white orbs held atop hot-pink pedicels. I think white is the color of the ripest berries, but I rarely see a cluster of all whites, since the birds devour them well before all ripen.
I know many people think of Pokeweed as a big coarse plant, but I find the curving berry stalks very attractive. I also like to see the progression of ripening as the berries form. When fully ripe, the berries will be a deep purple-black and the stalks a vivid knock-your-eye-out pink.
I kept searching the tops of Queen Anne's Lace, hoping to catch some Jagged Ambush Bugs in predatory action. No Ambush Bugs today, but I did find this Goldenrod Crab Spider poised for battle.
I was struck by how this spent flower head of Queen Anne's Lace formed a marvelously intricate basketwork. So lovely!
Every time I pass a patch of Common Milkweed, I search among its leaves, hoping to find an exquisite Monarch Butterfly chrysalis. No chrysalis today, but I did find an early instar of the caterpillar that will eventually turn into one.
This dragonfly with the big opalescent eyes kept returning to the same perch again and again, allowing me to inch closer each time and finally capture the color of those marvelous blue-green-purple eyes. I also was able to note that the stigmas on the fore and rear wings were of different colors. I haven't yet figured out which species of dragonfly this is. Maybe some of my readers will know.