Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Blessing of an August Rain

The rainy August roadside is lush and green. 
Watered by unusually bountiful rains of late July, the verdant ditch bank is broken only by sporadic clumps of Solidago, a few eager goldenrods getting an early jump on fall. 

Then, suddenly, silently, a shower of orange sparks!

Our old friend, the yellow fringed orchid, Platanthera ciliaris.

A solitary plant this year on a roadside right-of-way populated by a dozen or more in the year just past. 
But a blessing nonetheless, on a dreary August morn. 

And just down the bank, mere meters away, a shout of boldest orange-almost-red.

Three wild lilies, at the peak of their blooming, reminding us again that the August rain, even (or especially) on a busy Saturday, is a most glorious blessing.


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