The Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea, formerly named Senecio aureus) has been an absolute pain in my ass. Yesterday, April 29, was the third time that I've tried to get a decent picture of it.
My first attempt to get a shot of this native plant was several weeks ago, near Little Falls, when I found a solitary specimen of this plant growing on a damp embankment along the Mon River rail trail. Unfortunately, I had no idea just how damp that embankment was! When I jumped across to what I had hoped would be somewhat dry ground, I instead managed to sink my foot into some deep muck that sucked the running shoe right off of my foot. I gave up on a picture, and I biked on for another 45 minutes with dampened spirits. Later, I was able to hose off the shoes, but I threw away my socks.
By the time I had gone biking again, I found more plants growing in somewhat drier areas. Unfortunately, however, it was breezy that day, and I didn't not get a single acceptable shot of this plant. The little buggers would not stop moving about.
As they say, the third time is the charm. Fool me twice; won't get fooled again.