Open Skies

The sunrise at the cross roads, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

The sunrise at the cross roads, September 14, 2014.

It was a quiet Sunday morning in the middle of September. I parked the car in the gravel driveway of the abandoned building at the cross roads and walked across the street to watch the sun rise.

A White-tailed deer doe and two fawns were grazing in the grasses next to the road as I arrived at the Arboretum. Cedar Waxwings gathered in the high branches of the trees at the edge of the woods.

The Rough Blazing-star flowers were in bloom. I saw the flower buds in August. There are two photos of the flower buds in The Dewdrops and the Moon. There were small Asters and Showy Sunflowers in the prairie. I had to look up to see the Tall Sunflowers. The Striped Gentian looked like closed tulips clustered close to the ground.

A White-tailed Deer doe and two fawns at the edge of the woods in the early morning, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

A White-tailed Deer doe and two fawns at the edge of the woods in the early morning, September 14, 2014.

A White-tailed deer fawn in the grasses at the edge of the road in the early morning, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

A White-tailed deer fawn in the grasses at the edge of the road in the early morning, September 14, 2014.

A video of the White-tailed Deer, September 14, 2014

A Cedar Waxwing in the early morning light, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

A Cedar Waxwing in the early morning light, September 14, 2014.

Two Cedar Waxwings in the early morning light, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Two Cedar Waxwings in the early morning light, September 14, 2014.

A video of the Cedar Waxwings, September 14, 2014

Rough Blazing Star flowers in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Rough Blazing Star flowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Rough Blazing Star flowers in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Rough Blazing Star flowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Aster flowers in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Aster flowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

A Showy Sunflower in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

A Showy Sunflower in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Tall Sunflowers in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Tall Sunflowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Butterfly-weed flowers in the Restored Prairie a the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Butterfly-weed flowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Striped Gentian flowers in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2014, "Open Skies."

Striped Gentian flowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Striped Gentian (2) September 14 2014

Striped Gentian flowers in the prairie, September 14, 2014.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Sarah

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2 Responses to Open Skies

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    I like the Blazing Star flowers. Maybe I will get those for my garden next year.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      The Rough Blazing-star flowers are exuberant 🙂 I hadn’t seen them before. Back in August when I saw the flower buds, I didn’t know what they were. I saw the buds in only one place in the prairie and I kept going by to check on them. One day, they had burst into the cluster of flowers seen in the photo. The wildflower guide lists 8 different varieties of Blazing-stars. I saw a different variety, the Dense Blazing-star, in both the gardens and the prairie. The photos from the gardens will appear in a post sometime in the winter.

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