Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fields Of Gold

These days uncultivated, open areas are awash with gold. Goldenrod flowers.

Although scorned by dairy and cash crop farmers as a weed, this showy perennial is cherished by beekeepers as a late season nectar and pollen bonanza.


A late summer banquet for pollinators.
  
Plumes more lovely than nuggets of gold.


Honey bees harvesting the bounty.


A young honey bee drinking up nectar.


This flat-topped specimen is a Lance-leaved goldenrod.






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