Pictures of the last day of Indian summer

The pods of asclepias (milkweed) are a favorite target of photographers. No wonder why.

A touch of Christmas in the asparagus patch. A red asparagus seed stands out against the green asparagus foliage, which is aparently impervious to frost. The red seed is not on the green part of the plant--it comes from a stem which was very dead and which had fallen on the green stems.

Still a glimmer of color from the fall asters.

Dead seed heads have visual interest, although they leave me a bit cold. This is a monarda (bee balm), a plant which is native to the prairies around here.