The late summer afternoon sun glares intensely into the mountains as the big blue truck and I cruise a back road. The marbled sky has begun to show those deep blue pools that draw the eye into an echo of eternity. Such a sky recalls the days of lying in a freshly cut hay field and watching for the objects of fantasy to manifest in the canvas above my mountains. As I gently wind my way along the old route my attention to the heavens shifts back to road in time for a rolling cloud to cast a sunbeam into the margin of wildlife beyond the gravel berm. Awakened by seasonal rain and the shift in the light the Blue Mistflower announces an end to intense heat and humidity left behind by the Dog Days. The oncoming Equinox is only a few weeks away and with it the cooler days and turning leaves will change the world once more. I’ve always liked the little Mistflower with its arrays of frilly blue disks. They remind me of something from classic science fiction and today nature provides an alien life form in the form of a longhorn beetle. The little beetle is nearly as busy as a honeybees as it constantly wanders from flower to flowe. The longhorn has been pollenator for as long as the honeybee. It even dresses like the bees in the uniform of an official pollenator in black and yellow. The Mistflower itself is an important late season food for the native pollenators and without them then we may not have as many happy little wings in the Spring.
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2 thoughts on “The Wanderer In The Mist”
Exceptional photo! ❤
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Thank you Frances ❤.
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