A pond bluet (Azure bluet, I think) taken at a pond I’ve visited a lot this summer:
I wish there were more depth of field, but there’s a quality to this image I like. The pond meadow just was mowed, so it’s not going to be an interesting place to visit for a while. All the flowers and many bugs are gone, though a number of these bluets remain. There’s still a flock of visiting cedar waxwings in residence, though there are fewer berries to eat now.
Mowing has benefits – the area stays in early succession, doesn’t get grown over, there is more diversity. If only they had waited until fall!