I was too busy trying to avoid the water that flooded the path from the stream to see the beautifully strange balls hanging from the bush just over the Gulley Bridge. But I did see them on the way back when my feet were so wet I wasn’t paying attention to the puddles anymore.
I’m usually not in The Orphaned Woods this time of year because of the ticks. I don’t know why but there haven’t been any since the spring. So I’m seeing lots that I haven’t before. But I’m also seeing more because I’m paying more attention to what’s around me.
I used my Plantnet app to find out that this is the flower of a Button Bush. It’s about the size of a golf ball and attracts bees, birds, butterflies, and moths.
I took this picture with my macro lens. You can see it’s a bunch of tiny flowers with really long stamens.
Before they burst into flowers, they’re green bumpy ball.
I didn’t see a lot of insects on them, maybe because of the rain. But I did get a video, again using my macro lens, of this tiny bee gathering pollen.