Such a bittersweet time of the year.  I talk to myself a lot in August, reminders whispered aloud as I walk the trails and paths with my dog, Peggy Sue.  Reminders to savor the colors of late summer--deep purples, scarlet reds, brilliant yellows, and dark greens.  Cautioning my thoughts not to stray to the near future months when colors will disappear and I will long for these very colors of late summer months. 

Ironweed and wingstem
terrior on a walk
red wildflower, wv, greenbrier, cardinal
Pastel drawing by Elaine Maxham Diller

I heard this flower (too pretty to be called a weed) called "Farewell Summer" when I first moved to Pocahontas County; that's how I've thought of iron weed ever since.  It grows in abundance in late August into September, usually in fields or close to creeks and rivers. I found this bouquet with yellow "sneezeweed" all around by the Greenbrier River at Stillwell Park in Marlinton.

I just added this pastel and ink drawing of the ironweed and autumn sneezeweed to the gallery. 

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