This week's Walking Wednesdays once again takes place around my neighborhood. It's interesting to notice the changes happening as we near the end of summer.
There are still wildflowers blooming, including the Prairie Sunflower
Butter-and-Eggs or Toadflax
Trailing Fleabane, also called Trailing Daisy or Whiplash Daisy
Rose hips are growing on the Wild Roses,
and berries are growing on the Creeping Oregon Grape.
The chokecherries are nearly ready to be picked and made into syrup.
The Mountain Mahogany are growing hairy fruits!
The Rocky Mountain Maple keys are maturing.
And the acorns on the Gambel Oaks are getting bigger and bigger.
This oak was named for William Gambel, a naturalist from Philadelphia.
I'm also noticing that some leaves and plants are beginning to turn yellow. In discussions with neighbors, we can't decide if we're having an early autumn or whether the drought conditions are causing the plants to turn yellow early.
What are the plants and trees doing in your neck of the woods? Inquiring minds want to know!
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post here.