This is one of the last Daylilies for this year. Lucky me, it is also a double (twice the number of petals or more). I managed to catch this one with the sun setting in the background.
I honestly have no clue what this is, but it sort of looks like a stunning, massive golden threaded dandelion seed head. I loved the feathery look of this and I didn’t see another one the entire trip.
This was well worth taking the time to swap out my lenses so I could get the details from a macro shot.
After a little poking around, I’ve discovered my mysterious “dandelion” is in fact a sow thistle. Now those little differences I saw make sense. I love learning something new through taking pictures!
There were several of these outside of the place we were staying. I didn’t get many flower photos while I was gone as I felt pressured to “move along” and not take the time to swap out my lenses. I took the time to get this one, though because it was just so similar, yet different.
I say it is potentially some form of dandelion only because the flower looks like one. But, these were probably close to 3 foot tall and I’ve never seen a dandelion that is more than a few inches, unless it is the fluffy seed head that grows taller. Even that isn’t much more than maybe a foot or so.
There were so many really similar features, but on this they seem exaggerated, longer and ganglier than what I’m used to seeing in a dandelion. Even those fun little curls seemed to be so tall they couldn’t hold themselves up. The loops seem longer and don’t have the same clean, smooth curl a traditional dandelion seems to have (see image below).
I have no idea if this is in fact a dandelion, but it has to be some kind of very close relation.
This is another one of those flowers that looks like it was painted in watercolors. I love how the colors blend so softly together.
These things have done so much damage to my Rose of Sharons and the leaves on a lot of my trees. Thankfully they aren’t nearly as bad this year as they were a couple of years ago.
Had to slip this in here… MC got his AP stats score back, got another 5!! For those keeping track, that is now a 4 (last year’s AP Lang) and 2 – 5s. Mr. Smartypants is hitting every single one of his high school goals. I can’t be more proud of this kid!