This wildflower is past its prime. In the dead of winter, it is still hanging around to do it's job. It is a hitchhiker and also the reason we have VELCRO today. A Swiss inventor in the 1940’s studied the burdocks hook system under the microscope. The burdock had attached themselves to his clothes and his dog’s fur while walking in the woods. He realized that the same approach could be used to join other things together. The result of his studies was Velcro.
Quick moving clouds setting in and you can feel the chill of the temperature already falling. Flurries are on their way once again. I feel it in my bones as the golden last rays of the day are upon us.
The golden rays of the setting sun, light up every tree making them appear to glow. Perfect way to end a day. I also see I just missed a deer walking through this area since I ventured this path 20 minutes ago. They are sneaky!