Last weekend we walked by a reservoir on the grounds of the local university looking for water birds. (At least that is what I was looking for). Yellow Coneflowers were blooming along the banks of the little lake and had grown so high and thick as to obliterate the foot path to the water's edge. My husband is not one to stand in a field of flowers but I couldn't resist this shot which looks like a scene from the movie Across the Universe. (We were never hippies or flower children but that was our generation)
Many grasshoppers and butterflies were flitting about, few staying still long enough for a picture. I have Purple Coneflowers in my garden but none of these lovely yellow cousins. (They may also be known as Sneezeweed but I did not analyze the leaves well enough to make a definite identification.)
We finally made it to the water's edge and found what we were looking for. Great Egrets are passing through again this year and a single bird stood gracefully in the shallow water watching for fish. Once again, wildflowers and birds won the day's prize for the image of beauty and serenity.