Sunday 30 March 2014. Frost and Sun

At 6 this morning could see Venus through the kitchen window, the sky beginning to lighten. By departure time (6:20) there was plenty of light, but still did not miss the appearance of the sun-disc over Meadowbrook Park! The temperature was 27 degrees F and the air was mostly calm. The scenery outside was whitened by a light coating of frost.

Had to be careful on the way to Meadowbrook of the many potholes on Race Street, even in the bike lane!

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It was not hard to find examples!

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Must say it was obvious from the newer dollops of asphalt in them that the city was trying not to leave gaping holes in the streets.

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Still, it’s been hard to keep up. Looks like a lot of construction coming this summer.

At Meadowbrook, the grass and trees were lightly frosted. As I stopped at the open area near the “double sunrise” statue,” the actual sun-disc began to appear.

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Stopped at the rabbit-statue bridge over McCullough Creek to photograph the stick-(not log-) jam downstream.

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Also, looking upstream, got the sun coming up over the confluence of Davis and McCullough creeks.

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Heard the woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, song sparrows at what sounded to me like, or at least made me think of, joyful work.

The changing sunlight on the frosted prairie was compelling, really spring-like in its energy, despite the temperature.

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Was aware of being perched on an edge: knew that this elaborate display would very soon disappear with the quickly rising temperature.

The prairie with its frost did not make me think “prostrate” today; the frost drew attention to the tops of the surviving vertical stems.

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Saw quite a few deer in the middle of the prairie, moving around. They made more sound than usual; maybe frosted grass is noisier.

After the loop of Meadowbrook continued east on Windsor Road and south on Philo to Old Church Road and Yankee Ridge! Felt a strong urge to get some miles in, now that the time with light is increasing and the roads are snow- and ice-free.

Noticed once again how quiet it is going up Yankee Ridge on Old Church. Stopped at the top to get a photo of the frosted pre-planting landscape below with the sun rising above it.

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It was good to be back at this special place, this subtle vantage point. Felt like the gateway to spring and to longer rides!

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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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