Lobelia

On a walk to find butterflies, I found this flower:

If I’m right, it’s Blue Lobelia or Great Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica). It that’s right, it’s a pretty good find, Lobelia siphilitica is a rare species in Massachusetts, but it may be common elsewhere.

Yellow Gaillardia

A lovely flower that is blooming now in a wildflower meadow I visit. I’m drawn to the details at the flower center:

After the bud opens, the center is greenish, surrounded by curly sepals and the emerging rays. Then the florets at the center become bright yellow and anthers pop out. The floret drops down, the anther disappears, and forms a darker star-shaped opening. It’s probably a hybrid, the site is a planted meadow with many natives as well as hybrids.

Blue curl

A tiny wildflower from a nearby upland meadow:

I found a patch of this flower (blue curl or forked blue curl, Trichostema dichotomum) recently and returned after a rain, hoping to find them covered in drops. Instead, I found dozens of flowers washed into the sandy soil. A few days later the patch was in full flower again and I took this closeup. The pollen grains on the ends of the anthers weren’t visible until I used high magnification.

On goldenrod

A nymph bug on goldenrod, now blooming profusely in sunny spots in my area:

It’s probably a green stink bug nymph. The adults are green, but the immature bug can be blackish with white or yellow stripes and red spots. This one is on its way to turning into a full green adult.

One spring day

A few flower images from a single day in late spring:

A single stem of forget-me-not. Last year, I found a huge patch of it in this spot, this year just a few pretty stems.

A white anemone – or perhaps some sort of Ranunculus.

When I started writing this post, I planned to find other white flowers to go with the anemone. In the same day’s images, I found this one of Tradescantia. I had forgotten how bold the colors are.

Mallow

A flower from my backyard meadow:

The only mallow in this year’s meadow, with a candy-striped pattern that I don’t remember from last year.

Chicory

The interior of this non-native flower has a few surprises:

I’m fond of the curling anthers and the blue/purple hues. This was taken at 2x or 3x magnification.

In the meadow

A few sights from a local meadow:

The first two are selective focus studies. The last is a small milkweed bug that strayed from its usual haunts to feed on boneset. These were taken at my favorite local wildflower meadow – the Rudbeckia are fading now, with a few second blooms, but not the profusion of a few weeks back. The boneset and the goldenrods are just starting to flower now.

Poppy

My backyard wildflower meadow had only a few poppies this year. I found this one just after a rain:

Blue dasher

A female Blue Dasher dragonfly hanging on a stem:

There was a light rain falling, and it was cool, so the dragonfly was cooperative. I did a series of images to explore different angles, and so I could stack for extra details. This is a stack of three images. As I watched, drops accumulated, and the dragonfly reached up and wiped its compound eye of some of the drops. Fascinating to watch!