"Rich will be my life if I can keep my memories full and brimming, and record them on clear-eyed mornings…." – Roman Payne (Rooftop Soliloquy)
Along a Country Road
It couldn’t have been a much lovelier day for a drive than it was this past Sunday. We drove to my parents’ home, about an hour away from where I live, and all along the route were sure signs that Summer is, indeed, starting to wane. This field was just one of many that was aglow with a wash of Goldenrod.
I’ve never thought Goldenrod to be a particularly pretty plant, but when you see it in very large groupings, interspersed with the occasional white asters or chicory and splayed against a backdrop of emerald green, it really is quite striking.
Goldenrod and other late summer bloomers always make me slightly melancholy as they seem to signal Summer’s end.
These Flat-topped white and Calico asters are striking against the still-green foliage.
And this purple aster that saturates every roadside this time of year.
Another common wildflower that is considered a “noxious weed” in most circles is Knapweed. It looks like a thistle bloom and I think they’re quite pretty, though I might not like a bouquet of them!
Everywhere, there was Queen Anne’s Lace.
In various stages, from the delicate, just opened blooms…to the immature and tightly furled, waiting for their day in the sun.
Finally, two old apple trees, still producing fruit after decades of neglect. These trees were both discovered on the grounds of an old farm. They surely speak of Autumn.
I hope you enjoyed our drive along a country road. I did!