Asters blooming

The asters are in bloom:

blooming asters

(photo by L. Heineman)

That’s in our backyard. I saw a bunch out along the bosque trail this morning while out riding. If any of you know more about the natural history of our New Mexico version(s) of this plant, drop me a line. I only know ’em as “asters,” but this is an enormous family. There seem to be at least three found in and around Bernalillo County.