Late September Flowers (Part 1)

Wrinkled Rose rosebuds in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, September 22, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

Wrinkled Rose rosebuds, September 22, 2014.

A light rain fell as I ran in the early morning yesterday. It has rained the first three days of winter. Sunday morning, a layer of ice still covered the pond. A flock of geese milled about on the ice and the grass. The cracking of the ice under their feet sounded like the chiming of tiny bells. Later today, the rain will turn into snow flurries.

I spent the mornings of the last week in September at the Arboretum. The leaves were showing their fall colors. The summer flowers were trying their best to hold on. Great Lobelias, Asters, and Tall Bellflowers gathered on the path in the woods. A small Woodland Sunflower hugged the ground at the edge of the prairie. The Wrinkled Rose bush held buds, blooms, and rose hips. A Dandelion flower peered out from the grass near the meadow.

Great Lobelia flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, September 21, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

Great Lobelia flowers in the woods, September 21, 2014.

A Woodland Sunflower in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 22, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Woodland Sunflower in the prairie, September 22, 2014.

A Tall Bellflower flower in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, September 22, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Tall Bellflower flower in the woods, September 22, 2014.

A Wrinkled Rose flower in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, September 23, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Wrinkled Rose flower in the gardens, September 23, 2014.

Great Lobelia flowers in the Restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, September 23, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

Great Lobelia flowers in the prairie, September 23, 2014.

A Dandelion flower next to the meadow at the Iowa Arboretum, September 23, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Dandelion flower next to the meadow, September 23, 2014.

A Wrinkled Rose flower in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, September 25, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Wrinkled Rose flower in the gardens, September 25, 2014.

Aster flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, September 25, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

Aster flowers in the woods, September 25, 2014.

Aster flowers in the woods at the Iowa Arboretum, September 25, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

Aster flowers in the woods, September 25, 2014.

A Wrinkled Rose flower in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, September 27, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Wrinkled Rose flower in the gardens, September 27, 2014.

A Wrinkled Rose rose hip and ladybug in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, September 27, 2014, "Late September Flowers (Part 1)."

A Wrinkled Rose rose hip and a ladybug in the gardens, September 27, 2014.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Sarah

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4 Responses to Late September Flowers (Part 1)

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    Hey! A new post! Whaddya know??!!! 🙂
    I like the rose hip picture. Have you changed cameras or something in how you take pictures? Or maybe it’s just the lighting.

    You have the geese too, huh? I hate those things. They won’t fly south. They are death to ponds. And they are very aggressive. Maybe if we can bring in some more hawks, falcons and foxes…

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂

      Thanks for the encouragement and for visiting! 🙂 It is the same camera. The lighting changes with the time of day, the season, the weather and the mood of my camera. I can only make so many adjustments with this camera. I also sometimes play around with the lighting after I have the photos on the computer. I had to smile when I saw the ladybug on the rose hip. 🙂 It is a good looking rose hip. Rose hips are full of vitamin C and other good nutrients.

      I like watching the geese take off and land and fly in their flocks overhead. There weren’t many geese in these ponds over the summer. I don’t know if the ones I have been seeing this month are from nearby or down from Canada or other places north of here. The water in the ponds was completely clear of ice this morning. If we have a usual winter, they will be frozen over soon and stay that way until March. I have been keeping an eye out for the muskrats, but I haven’t seen any swimming lately.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi 🙂
      Thanks for visiting! I love the colors of flowers. They manage to be bright and soft all at the same time. It snow here this weekend. Yesterday, the template was dark and light. I went out to watch the sparrows in the snow in the morning and was admiring the colors and patterns in their feathers: tiny patterns and changes of colors on tiny birds. 🙂

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