The monarch is back!

The monarchs are back. Well, at least one monarch. This one was trying to rest in the goldenrod this morning, but found himself being buffeted by breezes, honey bees, wasps and other pollinators. You can see the wear on his wings — appearing as scratches in some of his orange areas.

 

Fall colors.

Not your typical fall colors light up the afternoon on the mountain.

Gray butterfly
Gray butterfly basks in the autumn sun.
Green beetle on orange flower.
This green beetle with black polka dots contrasts with the bright orange petals of this cosmos.
Sunchoke flower
The bright yellow of this sunchoke flower contrast with the bright blue, cloudless fall sky in a shot composed by the wind.
Blue aster
Blue wildflower brightens the September garden.