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FROM READERS: Spring petals in autumn

September 30, 2012 | 8:00 a.m. CDT
Reader John Hall shared this picture of a magnolia soulangeana.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

In the last couple of days, I have enjoyed a rare fall sighting — Iris (flags to others) in bloom. I took some photos on Wednesday and, after making some "Famous" John Hall cornbread and a few gallons of vegetable soup, I needed a respite and went back outside to find the Iris blooming more profusely than earlier in the week.

To put that soup together took nearly two days. Yesterday was spent slow cooking a beef loin until it fell apart. Then, today I added five pounds of fresh tomatoes and worked in every conceivable vegetable and slow cooked it until edible. There will be enough vegetable/beef soup to get me through many a cold winter day.

Another species is trying to produce another generation — the Magnolia Soulangeana put out some seeds for the first time in a number of years. The irascible Morning Glory vine is blooming and trying to conquer the world.  It might yet succeed in its attempt of conquest, but I will fight it with all my limited energy.

But I have digressed. The reason for this set of photos was to share a bumble bee enjoying the nectar of an Iris blooming in the fall.

If you can't see the slideshow embedded below, view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor Joy Mayer.