Thursday 11 October 2013. Old Flowers Against the Sky

Didn’t plan on a trip today, but needed an accessory for the homecoming dance (for my son, that is) and was trying to decide between taking the car to Target or biking on Rhododendron to Meijer.

Don’t remember the temperature, but it was nice enough that I risked not finding what I was looking for to be out in it.

And also it would take me by Meadowbrook Park, of which I could at least get a wide, quick view.

Mostly there were no visible flowers, (yes, of course the bottle gentians were hidden out there somewhere, the object for a future expedition) but here and there were some late bloomers asserting their colors, like these Heliopsis.

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Noticed a plant with long curling ends that looked whimsical against the clouded sky and wondered what flowers had been on them.

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Later figured out it was a giant ragweed.

Really liked the shapes of the seed heads of what were the different prairie flowers, especially against the clouds.

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Monarda

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Yellow coneflower

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Mountain mint, Monarda, purple coneflower

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Baptisia

Noticed I wasn’t sad about the lack of flowers; the plants made interesting compositions in their present state. Was content with how things were, at least for these moments.

Them did succeed in getting the accessory, as well. It was a victory for cycling over driving!

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About Velo du Jour

I am a 61 year old mom/wife, former biologist, and presently certified Iyengar yoga teacher, and I love, besides biking (and other things), nature, swimming, drawing, photography, yarn, exploring adoption themes, and putting people at ease. In April 2012, I participated in "30 Days of Biking "http://30daysofbiking.com/ on Twitter, sponsored by a group of "joyful cyclists" in Minneapolis during the month of April. I loved tweeting about each day's ride so much I didn't want to stop! "Velo du Jour" is a continuation of recording and sharing my rides post-30 Days of Biking.
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