This was a banner season for the native black-eyed susans — especially after such a lackluster year in 2016. While last year there were only a few flowers, and not any until September 19, this year they started opening up on June 20, and dozens and dozens of them kept going for weeks.
One gorgeous Sunday afternoon, I waded in close to the cluster and crouched near the ground to look up at the blue sky.
Side-by-side comparison of one flower:
Here’s one more photo of the whole bunch for good measure, from the side.