Wednesday 9 April 2014. First Signs of Shooting Stars

63 degrees F and sunshine at 3 pm.

Meadowbrook Park was crowded with people like me, wanting to be in nature in the beautiful (spring, at last!) weather. Being typically an early-morning visitor has spoiled me with expecting calm and solitude. It’s a different thing, also good, to enjoy nature among others doing likewise.

Sped across the rabbit-statue bridge over McCullough Creek (wheee!)
and did not go back for photos.

A little farther down the path noticed a willow tree just beginning to show hints of light green.

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Ah, the sweet, so temporary, edge of spring!

What I really wanted to see on this trip was any sign of shooting stars (the flower), for which I had to go on the “soft”–it is now–path where the prairie was edged with some trees, where bikes are forbidden.

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Well, I claimed the spirit of the law and carefully walked Rhododendron in toward where the shooting stars had been in previous springs.

Took a while to look among last year’s flattened, dry vegetation and finally spotted leaves I suspected were those of shooting stars.

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Was happy to see them, happy to catch them at the beginning of their appearance for the year, happy to linger close to the ground for a little while and inhabit the just-waking prairie.

Retraced my path and headed back over the rabbit-statue bridge over McCullough Creek

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And home.

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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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