The Aster Project

Aster Foxes 131

My most contrived project of the year begins to grow in April and eventually reaches fruition by the end of October….basically I let Asters overtake the whole of my doorstep wilderness and then patiently wait for a few sunny days when hoverflies, bees, butterflies and the occasional damselfly descend on the flowers for the abundance of nectar before the chill of autumn kicks in… πŸ˜‰

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39 responses

  1. Wow great picture, I love the colours. Please check out my blog at

    November 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    • Thank you Daniel! πŸ™‚

      November 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  2. They seem to have been popular with a wide variety of visitors… Success of project! RH

    November 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    • Yes, definitely! :D…Thank you! ☺

      November 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm

  3. Sue

    WOW!! Gorgeous shots of flowers and insects.

    November 26, 2013 at 1:41 am

    • Thank you Sue! πŸ™‚

      November 26, 2013 at 3:52 am

  4. positivethinking13

    What a shot! Amazing bee! πŸ˜‰

    November 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

  5. Gorgeous pictures.

    November 29, 2013 at 12:45 am

    • Thank you Rachael! πŸ™‚

      November 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

  6. Wonderful captures! Love the colors.

    November 30, 2013 at 1:43 am

  7. Beautiful captures of your many visitors and the flowers. Very nice clarity and details of wings of these insects.

    December 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

    • Thank you Beth! πŸ™‚

      December 2, 2013 at 2:16 am

  8. Stunning set of pictures !!!

    December 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    • Thank you Dick! πŸ™‚

      December 4, 2013 at 8:18 am

  9. Lovely post covering several of my favorite topics! A former colleague once referred to the practice of wildlife management around the home as “managed neglect”, and I have embraced the idea for decades. I encourage asters whenever possible, in open natural areas as well as edges and patches around the yard.

    December 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    • Thanks Nick! πŸ™‚ The asters are most likely the last stop for the year for these insects before they hunker down for the winter, so it’s always good to see a sunny day or two in the short period that they flower. ☺

      December 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  10. Simply awesome!

    December 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Thank you Shail! πŸ™‚

      December 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm

  11. Wonderful !

    December 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

  12. Beautiful nature, wonderful pictures! Best greetings from Vienna, Austria.

    December 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Greetings from Friesland. ☺

      December 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

  13. Absolutely gorgeous photographs. Each and every shot is just delightful!

    December 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    • Thank you Preeti! πŸ™‚

      December 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  14. Emy Will

    Your photos are a such a pleasure to look at. I’m looking forward to seeing some more. All the best

    January 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  15. Carol Donaldson

    love the beautiful colours in these photographs and the excellent macro shots of the hoverflies

    January 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    • Thank you Carol! πŸ™‚

      January 23, 2014 at 2:21 am

  16. magic!

    January 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

  17. some superb macro! I find it very inspiring πŸ™‚

    February 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    • Thank you Charles! πŸ™‚

      February 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  18. Cassie Bouska


    February 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    • Thank you Cassie! πŸ™‚

      February 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  19. Fantastic closeups! You really got your camera savvy down. Thanx for sharing. Peace.

    February 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    • Thanks Arthur! πŸ™‚

      February 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

  20. Reblogged this on in the life and mind of an artist… and commented:
    This wondrous images by my a man I believe has a pure sight… hope these shots will show you all why we need to reclaim our earth and what that means and what it will take. Without these flowers, these bees, hover flies, the grass, the trees, all of it, the rain, the clean beautiful rain, my dear dear friends, we won’t be here much longer. Please let my beloved friend inspire you to do better, go greener, go vegetarian or vegan immediately, and stop the poisoning of our Earth and our Animals. Just stop it. ❀

    April 17, 2014 at 2:30 am

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