Brown Eyed Susan

Brown Eyed Suasan at Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison Wisconsin

Brown Eyed Susan © 2010 Bo Mackison

The flowers that are faithful bloomers in September bloomed in August, and now the fall flowers are blooming in September. The trees are beginning to turn. As I look out my studio window, the leaves that were green only a week ago are fading into a yellow-green and some are already bright yellow.

What are we going to have for color in October?

This Brown Eyed Susan was photographed last week at Allen Centennial Gardens on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.

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  1. It’s the same here, Bo. Some folks think it means we’ll have an early winter but I see no sign of that just yet. It’s going to be downright hot here this week.

    Beautiful capture.

  2. Great colors, Bo. That’s one of the few flowers that are still blooming here. There were some pretty ones down by the river today.

  3. Wonderful photo, Bo. Not sure what we’ll have here (in WI) for a fall. The trees are turning fast, but many of the leaves are just turning brown in my neck of the woods. Hoping winter will be a long ways off, still.

  4. Gorgeous!! Nice to see these late bloomers still hanging on.

  5. Wendy B Burton says:

    Ah yes, the sadness of global warming. We, unfortunately in Sask, Canada, have already had a few frosts. The autumn colours will be very fleeting. There are some hanger-oners of flowers but the leaves will not last for long. Perhaps we need to start dreaming of the sparkle of winter. Sigh.
    Absolutely great capture.
    Thank you.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      We had a light frost a couple of nights ago. A new neighbor from Georgia was totally shocked. “I had to SCRAPE my windows before I could drive to work and it’s September!” she bemoaned. Those of us who have lived in Wisconsin through many winters, we were all very polite. We just nodded and tsk’d. Why make her feel badly so soon, hmm?

  6. One of my favorite flowers–old reliable. I like the bit of orange in the upper left corner.

  7. Very nice photo, but let’s not dis winter. It’s ski season.

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