Yes, that title is spelled correctly. Our recent drive along New York's Interstate 86 was truly a golden journey.
This is a good year for Goldenrod (Solidago) in western New York.
Interstate 86 goes east/west, cutting through a rural and wild section of New York just north of the Pennsylvania border
All these photographs were taken from my position in the passenger seat of our car moving at 70 mph in and out of rain showers.
It is an area of recently deserted, overgrown farms, many of them now guarded by legions of Goldenrod blazing yellow like the sun
Obviously, though, it is not just the farms but the roadsides that are blanketed by the brilliant Solidago. Below is the overgrown, unplanted border of a very dirty McDonald's restaurant.
While the probably new employee who took our order was very confused, the day manager had several blackened or missing teeth and the parking lot smelled like garbage, there was this gorgeous, unmowed border that made it all worthwhile.
Teasel, Astor, Ironweed and Queen anne's lace were all there but the star of the show was Goldenrod.
We left the scene and were soon back on the highway, eastbound.