This morning at 6:07 it was 59 degrees F under party cloudy skies, the air calm.
Just returned from several days in the Colorado mountains (yes, they were awesome!) and was eager to see what what the summer prairie bloom at Meadowbrook Park was doing.
Rode Rhododendron the road bike southward to Windsor Road and barely stopped before pushing the button and crossing. They seemed to have worked the bugs out of the system, hooray!
Then entered Meadowbrook at the Race Street entrance, passed by the Sensory Garden, and walked the bike toward the Art and Billie Spomer Prairie.
On the way, at the edge of the wooded area next to the pavilion were American bellflowers.
McCullough Creek under the little wooden bridge was low and pooled. Was there some kind of dam upstream? The water level seemed to have gone down quickly.
Out in the prairie, looked for queen-of-the-prairie where I’d seen it a couple years ago but couldn’t see any this morning. Did not walk out into the dew-drenched vegetation to look more carefully.
But saw the early sunlight coming through the thin layer of mist that still lay over the prairie
and through the condensation on the flowers and leaves of the prairie plants.
Saw spiderwebs finely beaded with dewdrops.
There was a gorgeous variety of prairie flowers blooming in synchrony, like a massive bouquet:
False sunflowers, Monarda,
yellow coneflowers, Liatris,
Compass plant, with its erect, finger-like leaves,
large, bursting-yellow radiating flower-discs
stacked on its outrageously tall stalk,
alone and in groups,
was compellingly photogenic.
There were abundant rattlesnake master and mountain mint
Best of all, the royal catchfly were newly in bloom! They were stunning in bunches,
and in combination with other flowers.
On the way out got pretty close to a buck who seemed to have planned to walk right to where I was.
Was not afraid he would charge me or something, but did have respect for his size, strength, and independence as “wild” creature. So I calmly stood where I was and tried to look at him in a way that conveyed: “No worries, dude, I’m not a threat,” and he veered off to the left.
Got a nice view of the sky over the prairie
and headed back, stopping first for a view of McCullough Creek from the rabbit-statue bridge.
Was glad to be there for the presentation!