“This was my worst year ever for getting out with my camera,” I told a friend in October.
“It’s been the worst year for a lot of things,” she replied.
Most of the wildflower posts I’d planned for this fall never came together. Day after day, I kept finding reasons not to drive to a prairie or go for a bike ride on nearby wooded trails. So instead of closing out this year’s series with my own pictures of late bloomers like asters and goldenrods, I am sharing images of plants that finished flowering months ago. Katie Byerly, also known as the “Iowa Prairie Girl,” gave permission to publish the photographs enclosed below, which she took in Cerro Gordo County in early October.
Looking at these seeds, you can see why buttonweed is another common name for velvetleaf.
I’ve never seen feverwort in the wild.
Same goes for dark green bulrush:
One of the mountain mints:
Joe-Pye weed (I think this is “spotted” rather than the sweet variety):
A stunning image of common milkweed seeds from a pod that burst:
Without Katie’s ID, I would not have recognized this plant as swamp milkweed.
Some other goldenrod, with one still flowering in the background:
Tall cinquefoil, a striking sight when blooming on the prairie in July: