24 July 2021
The weather came out of the northwest bringing cooler temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday and smoke from the Canadian wildfires more than 1,000 miles away. Even when the air quality was bad this week I went outdoors. Perhaps I was fooled that it was OK since it didn’t have that sulfur smell typical of Pittsburgh pollution.
This week I went further afield than Schenley Park. Here are highlights from Frick, Schenley, Aspinwall Riverfront Park and Moraine State Park. The captions tell the story.
Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) has small flowers that we rarely see up close because they bloom on a six foot spike.
We definitely notice the spike. And then the rest of the plant.
Meanwhile, my namesake plant is still blooming. This one was at Moraine State Park.
(photos by Kate St. John)