Meet the Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum), which is growing in random places along the Mon River rail trail between Little Falls and Opekiska L&D.
According to Wikipedia and other sources, the Blue Mistflower is a native North American wildflower and a member of the aster family.
I've been reading The Digital Photography Book, by Scott Kelby, and it reminds me to get down low among the flowers while photographing them. Artistically, the side-on view is a lot more interesting than the top-down view. Something that Kelby does not mention, however, is to be careful of where you are laying on the ground. I paid for this shot and a few others like it with poison ivy on both legs.