As so often happens, the HH ends up with both dogs while I pause to poke and peer and photograph whatever catches my eye.
At this time of year, there are not many forest-dwelling flowers in bloom.
Today, however, I did find this naked-flowered tick-trefoil, above, a member of the pea family. Can you see the dainty green pods forming where the blossoms have gone by?
There was also this white wood aster. I have read that its young leaves are edible when cooked.
Back out of the woods and into the sunlight, the pollinators were busy with the much more plentiful roadside wildflowers. This white admiral butterfly paused long enough to have his (her?) picture taken.
Midsummer is so filled with ripening and harvesting, glorious colors and scents, teeming insects and nodding flowers. But already, the nights are a little cooler, the darkness comes a little earlier. No, not yet, I think. There is still a month of summer to come.