As earthquake chatter dies down, and we find ourselves in the possible path of Hurricane Irene (we wouldn't be struck by the hurricane but we might have wind gusts up to 70 mph), it is time for our thoughts to turn to....wildflowers.
Right now, although the sun still says "summer" our climate (zone 5, upstate NY on the edge of the Great Lakes snow belt) cries out "fall is almost here". The wind has a little chill, the sun has to fight harder to warm us, the angle of the sun is a little more subdued. And the wildflowers are transitioning into fall also. So besides flowers, we have berries, such as these white berries on this mystery plant. (it isn't poison ivy.)
Purple loosestrife, the bane of wetlands.