Milkweed

Amelia and I took the prairie walk again today, and this time the prairie was in full flower. Woodland flowers are over, but the prairie is just getting geared up. I was happy to see that this is the year for milkweed, maybe my favorite wildflower.

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There was lots of it. Lots and LOTS of it. Whole fields of it.

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And sumac, showy rattlebox, clover, sunflowers, compass plant, coneflowers, and I don’t know what else. Tiny starry bright-pink flowers, something that blooms like morning glories but on different stems, and feathery white stuff and feathery yellow stuff…

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The black raspberries are still red and the blackberries are still green. A few of the mulberries were ripe, though, and I ate them–sweet as sugar, the tastiest berry I know when properly ripe.

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We found the shell of a robin’s mockingbird’s bluejay’s cardinal’s egg, perfectly intact except for the little hole where the baby cardinal escaped.

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And whole patches of grass covered in these spit bubbles. I don’t know if it’s frog or insect spawn… one of the two.

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It was a cool, overcast day, just perfect for walking and photographing.

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My girl was wide awake for the whole thing.

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4 thoughts on “Milkweed

  1. Oh I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be in a field of Milkweed—-where is it? Any where near northeast Tennessee? 😀 And look at the berries…yummmm!

  2. When I was a kid, we called that stuff snake spit and were certain that it was evidence of snakes in the area. However, if you do a Google search for spittlebugs, you see the culprit is an insect.

  3. You have a good eye for detail. I have been browsing through your blog yesturday all the way to your first posts. I think , if you have the time for it, that your photos would make great stock photos. Of course only if you want to sell them. Greets

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