i began seeing these beauties on the side of the road in mid-august and, of course, had to stop for a closer look and a photo shoot. turns out it is milkweed, an extremely important plant in the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. hooray for environmentally friendly family farms where weeds are allowed to thrive, nurture insects, and continue the circle of life.
these first photos were all taken on the same day as my previous post, but along another country road. the last six photos in this series were taken in the EXACT SAME SPOT as these milkweed photos, just three weeks later. nature is such an amazing quick change artist.