Monthly Archives: July 2013

Tuesday 30 July 2013. Birthday Mushrooms!

Really hate to publish posts out of order, but today is my birthday and I’m going to deliver this one today, in grateful celebration of my first breath. It was about 5:45 on the morning of this, my 58th birthday, … Continue reading

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Sunday 28 July 2013. Blankets of Monarda, and Other Sweet Bits of Summer

At least for the week of my birthday, I am determined to ride and keep up with Velo du Jour! When time passes between rides, must remember and keep remembering that this beautiful world is stuffed full of treasures I … Continue reading

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Sunday 21 July 2013. Spectacular Prairie Garden on Florida

The temperature was 68 degrees F with a southerly breeze and a layer of moving fog on the ground. Intended to visit the City of Champaign Prairie Restoration but only made it as far as Florida and Orchard. Knew there … Continue reading

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Friday 19 July 2013. No Photos. Ironweed and Swamp Mikweed

Succeeded in getting out of the house just about 5 am and without smart phone!! So this will be brief, just a sketch of a pink flower that caught my eye from a distance in the wet area near the … Continue reading

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Friday 11 July 2013. The Water at Meadowbrook and Lots of Blooming Milkweed

The morning, at just about 5, was delightfully cool (62 degrees F) and clear; the breeze was from the south. Even though I’m still behind on this blog, had to go to Meadowbrook and see what the prairie was like. … Continue reading

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Thursday 17 July 2013. A Rich Summer Bloom, with Mist

It’s getting to be a while already since I took this trip; don’t remember the temperature or wind conditions, nor what time I got out of the house. But I do know there was a layer of mist over Meadowbrook … Continue reading

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Sunday 14 July 2013. Velo Chicago

Was in Chicago this weekend to, among other things, celebrate my sister Lisa’s (number five of my parents’ seven children) fiftieth birthday! The weather was sunny and beautiful, and a highlight of the weekend was a bike ride along the … Continue reading

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Sunday 7 July 2013. Time Lapse: More Kinds of Flowers, Full-Bloom Lead Plant

Just back from a family vacation, where I took some pictures but rebelled against journaling: at the beginning of the trip my notes were again swallowed into the ether of cyberspace. 😦 So all of my vacation writing was devoted … Continue reading

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Friday 7 June 2013. Penstemon/Spiderwort from the Soft Path and the Big Loop: Clouds and Colors of Early June

Started hearing birds at 4:10 this morning. By 4:30 the lead robins were going at it, chirping insistently, and of course the cardinals were not far behind. The temperature was 59 degrees F; the sky was cloudy. Set off a … Continue reading

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