Black mushroom and milkweed seeds

I went for a walk in the woods looking for colourful fungi, but there are none left that I can find.

I did find this black one, though.

Black mushroom
Black mushroom

Then I took some pictures of milkweed seeds.  Any monarch butterflies coming this far north next year should find plenty of plants to lay eggs on.

Milkweed seeds
Milkweed seeds
Milkweed seeds 2
Milkweed seeds 2
Milkweed seeds 3
Milkweed seeds 3

 

Monkshood – last garden flower of the season

Last garden flowers of the year

You can get aconitum that blooms in different seasons but my earlier-flowering versions have not survived.  This one has always done well and gets bigger each year.  It is the last plant to flower in my garden. Its genus is Aconitum and it has a deadly poisonous neurotoxin, especially the roots, so don’t let kids play near it.

Monkshood
Monkshood

Thanksgiving over: Turkeys return!

It’s the weekend after (Canadian) Thanksgiving, so the turkeys felt safe to come back.

Wild turkeys
Wild turkeys

In fact, our back garden is full of delicious birds, though this grouse was more cautious and wouldn’t come out from behind the bush.

Hidden grouse
Hidden ruffed grouse

Just incidentally, I liked this shot of the maples picked out by the last rays of the setting sun, with the rest of the garden in shade.

Maples at sunset
Maples at sunset

Frosty plants

Not quite our first frost, we had some earlier this week but it is amazing that it waited until a week into October.  But this was the first time I also had the time to take a couple of pictures before it melted.

I always get songs in my head on particular occasions, and in this case, it is Jumpin’ Jack Frost:

“♪ It’s all white now, in fact it’s a gas (err, crystalline solid)♫

Frosted Weed (unknown)
Frosted Weed (unknown)
Frosted Nigella flower
Frosted Nigella flower