It is aster season. Around here that has meant particular interest in plants in the aster family. There have been at least a couple outings organized to look at them. So here we go, taking an extended look at asters in the broadest sense. We will look at the features that make an aster an aster, and along the way appreciate their remarkable beauty. The first thing that struck me is that I do not have an image of an Aster. Used to! Then they split up the genus and started calling most of our Asters Symphyotrichum. Today's image is perhaps the brightest of those - New England aster.