I decided to try a hike on a trail in Kitchener I haven't set foot on since late spring. I wasn't really prepared for the metamorphosis that had occurred since my last visit. The path was overgrown in some areas by plants that were seven feet tall. I trudged through this vegetation and was rewarded with a field of goldenrod leading down to the Grand River. A monarch butterfly landed close by and I took this picture. For some people the goldenrod is a lovely late summer flower that offers a beautiful bright yellow accent to the meadows it flourishes in. I have heard it frequently referred to as as a weed or pest. I am not sure why we are conditioned to think of plants like goldenrod and dandelion as a nuisance or something to remove from a property or lawn. I can say one thing, the amount of life I saw utilizing the plant was impressive. As I walked swarms of dragonflies took off like miniature helicopters, as moths, bees, bugs and small birds moved among the thousands of flowering heads.