Thursday, August 22, 2013


I have fall allergies. I've had them since I was in college, and the worst is usually right around Labor Day. It is a challenge to get to the fall fairs and see the livestock in barns and all the cool stuff submitted by neighbors. I sneeze the entire time. 

Last few years have not been too bad. Maybe I've finally outgrown it. 

Many times this plant, goldenrod, is blamed for fall sneezes. 

But it is not usually the plant that causes allergies. Usually it is ragweed. Which is hard to believe, because ragweed has teeny tiny flowers that are barely noticeable, and the plant is generally nondescript. 

Not certain which arrived first at this spot, the cow flop or the goldenrod. That is a very clean flower and a very fresh flop. Amazing that they are in the same spot at the same time. 

All those holes in the flop part? Probably flies. Or earth worms. Too small to be dung beetles. There is a nest of bald faced hornets not far from this spot, and if it is flies, they will be there over the next few days, harvesting larvae. 

Some jobs, not so great. 

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