Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Among the last of the season
As I was away from the cabin while I was hawkwatching, now that my routine is returning to normal again, I am aware of how much has changed around the mountain in just a few days. The number of leaves that are yellow increased quite a bit, though the yellowing is still mostly in the smaller plants of the forest understory. The trees are still largely greenish, though more and more are starting to look, if not yet yellow, at least no longer summery green.
Even with this changing season, some plants are still flowering. The most profuse around Roundtop right now is the spotted touch me not, perhaps better known elsewhere as jewelweed. This is a plant that is native to North America, but has now also traveled elsewhere, notably England and Europe, which is somewhat novel, given the number of non-native European-based plants that now thrive here in North America.
Jewelweed is not the only flower I’m seeing right now, though every day I see fewer. Here and there I find a single daisy, a withering blue or white aster. Goldenrod blooms, as does Queen Anne’s Lace, but the season of flowers is passed and today’s equinox marks the start of new one.
So while I have a few flowers yet remaining around the mountain, I will enjoy them. Soon they will all be gone, and it will be six months before the new ones make their debut.