End of September
Frost free so far!
Looks like a monarch, but the butterfly in the largest square is actually a viceroy sipping sugar water at a hummingbird feeder. The hummingbirds have flown south leaving the feeder to the viceroy and a few yellow jacket wasps. FYI: Since taking the photo, the feeder has been taken down, cleaned, and stored away until next year.
Moving clockwise: the high bush cranberries (Viburnum trilobum) are red and very ripe (birds will eat them in late winter), white pines (Pinus strobus) are shedding their yellow needles (they do this twice a year), elecampane (Inula helenium) seed heads are dried and brown, a few milkweed (Aesclepias) pods are dried and releasing their seeds, and seed heads on grasses are maturing and drying.
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