Friday, October 4, 2013

Wildflower Meadow, Early Fall

Come take a walk with me as I meander my way slowly through the wildflower meadow that sits just inside the main entrance to Bernheim. It's still early in Fall, but who knows what we'll find.

Would you look at those beautiful tall grasses, such gorgeous browns and yellows. Don't you just love Fall?

Do you see what I see? It's a flock of Cedar Waxwings. This is a Life List bird for me if you can believe it. Hard to believe, but I've never seen one before. And not only do I see one for the first time, but I also get a photograph.

Now I see why the Cedar Waxwings are hanging out in the wildflower meadow . . . Crab Apple berries. Red, ripe and ready for the feasting.

Would you look at that? It's not only the Cedar Waxwings that are attracted to the Crab Apple berries, but there's a flock of Blue Grosbeaks flitting about too. And this one looks to be a female. Isn't she beautiful?

It appears some of the wildflowers along the edge of the meadow are still hanging on as though they can't quite let go of Summer. They'll figure it out soon enough.

Well, do you see what I see now? A second flock of Blue Grosbeaks. Those Crap Apple berries must be delicious. Did I mention that's a second Life List bird for me today.

We're almost around the circumference of the meadow and look what I see . . . a gorgeous Yellow Sulphur Butterfly flitting about the wildflowers. I need to pause here to mention that this image in particular is my favorite from my walk. The background and colors are so beautiful and the subtle color of the Sulphur is just perfect.

Well, our walk has come to an end, but look what I saw when I turned around for one last glance . . . the tall grasses touched by Fall's cool nights have turned gorgeous browns and golds. And a few more wildflowers whose days are surely numbered are hanging on. Such a beautiful time of year to take a walk around the wildflower meadow. I loved every moment of it. Did you? Have a fabulous weekend. There's to be some rain this weekend, but surely I'll find some sun somewhere. ENJOY!


  1. Beautiful photos. It's amazing what one will see in nature even in a meadow. We have cedar waxwings here a lot but I haven't seen any lately. Enjoy the weekend. Pamela

  2. Wow! A Pine Grosbeak. How cool is that?

    1. I discovered what I thought wre pine were actually blue grosbeaks.

  3. Your photos are beautiful!
    Greetings, RW & SK