The first fall Aster I have seen, Aster azurius, in the sunflower family (now called the Aster family, take your pick) is in flower along Bloom Road, as is turtle head, Chelone glabra, in the figwort family. Tall woodland Phlox, mostly pink or blue, are blooming in gardens. Phlox are mostly North American species in the Jacob’s ladder family, but do not reach this far north in their natural range as far as I know, but all are cultivated and hybridized and intruduced in gardens. Wild carrot, or Queen Anne’s lace, Daucus carrota, in the parsley family, has been blooming along road sides for several weeks. Of European origin, it has been a field weed ever since white settlement. It had many herbal uses in the past, and still is used as a gout remedy. As with all members of the parsley family, it should be approached or used with caution unless one is familiar with it. Another English common name is birds nests, which the unfolding inflorescences resemble.
I don’t think the bear is goining to come around as long as the trap is here; he’s probably been in one before.