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Date: 08/21/2020

Photo taken on August 21, but submitted on September 20. Many flower changes since August 20.

I took this photo of my woodland pond-side trail in August. I planted only 5 cardinal flowers a few years ago. They multiplied beautifully. Most of the cardinal flowers have become seeds now, obviously visited by our ruby-throated humming birds. The back drop of white bonset are a beautiful accent. They too are faded now. Two Swamp milkweed patches are in the background on either side of the trail. You can just barely make out the seed pods as they were in flower a few weeks earlier in July. I found two late monarch larva munching on the leaves around September 15.

This wetland open habitat never fails to wow me when I visit this area of our 8 acres of woodland. It changes weekly with a changing of dominant wild flowers. (It has been registered as a Monarch Watch Habitat! # 8511).

The only wildflowers I added were the cardinal flowers and swamp milkweed. The rest of the flowers popped up naturally such as, bonset, turtlehead, orange jewelweed, joe-pye-weed.

Golden rod and New England Asters,
and orange jewel weed are in show right now, September 20.

Not seen in the photo are the pink and white turtle head, most popular with my bumble bees. They too have become seed pods at this date of photo submission.

Arcade, NY

Latitude: 42.6 Longitude: -78.4

Observed by: Donna
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