September Meadows, 2019

September meadows showcase a lengthy sequence of bloom and the nectaring insects  attracted to the floral display. Goldenrods dominate early, followed by a beautiful palette of asters. This season, monarchs and red admirals were the most common butterfly visitors.

Monarch on goldenrod

Red Admiral on goldenrod

By mid September, the goldenrod bloom begins to fade as flowers go to seed and earth tones replace the golden yellow of fresh blossoms.

Sulphur on the fading bloom of goldenrod

The aster bloom seems to occur overnight, magically, in places where you didn’t even know there were asters. It is a fitting finale to the summer wildflower season and a timely food source for countless insects.

Aster, standing tall in a sea of goldenrod

Monarch approaching an aster to feed

Monarch on aster, with a background of goldenrods


Dew-covered aster on a chilly September morning

An anglewing on aster

Photos by NB Hunter. © All rights reserved.

13 thoughts on “September Meadows, 2019

  1. Your autumn is arriving before ours. One thing is for certain no matter where a person is, there will be something interesting to photograph! Your shots are beautiful. You must be a very patient man to capture butterflies images. 🙂

    • I wander around on paths through these meadow jungles almost daily and I think the creatures have come to accept me as a harmless soul who has lost his way. Rain and wind have changed everything, literally overnight, so leaving soon to set up in corn at the edge of a hay field in an attempt to capture a mature buck or two. Going with the flow. Thanks for the visit!

  2. Marvelous captures of the butterflies. We had comparatively few butterflies this year. Not sure why that might be other than a particularly dry summer perhaps? I did manage to get some milkweed growing, hoping they might bloom next year. Fingers crossed. 🙂

    • Thanks Gunta. Hope your milkweed project pays dividends. A friend was watching monarchs hatch as recently as yesterday. My milkweed patch got ugly with mildew this year but still supported a few monarch caterpillars. As my post describes, monarchs and red admirals have been common….but I haven’t seen an exciting variety of butterfly species in years. Enjoy the new season!

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