These days of progressively shorter daylight, goldenrod is along any trail which is exposed to the sun.
Some blooms are past their prime now, having grown to maturity last month. Others are mid bloom.
They fill fields as well,
like the fields near the top entrance of the Bonshaw Hills Park.
The yellow fields of goldenrod are alive. Crickets are busy courting as we walk to and from the parking lot. There must be millions of them in this area, a symphony of male voices demanding the attention of anyone who happens by. They only have eyes for the female crickets.
Goldenrod is a type of aster. Along the paths, traditional asters grow amid the gold, a beautiful mix of yellow with pale violet or white.
The plants are tall as well, in some places, waist high.
The golden girl amid the goldenrod
Some cultures consider goldenrod good luck. In other countries, the plant is considered an invasive species. In traditional medicine, it is used to treat kidney infections or stones. The flowers are edible and can be used to garnish salads, or dried or fresh can make tea. The leaves can be used like spinach.
For all its versatility, I like the esthetic value of the goldenrod best. Besides, where would the crickets go courting?