Thursday 29 May 2014. Abundance: Spiderwort and First Penstemon

It was 64 degrees F this morning at 5:25 under cloudy skies, part of which settled low as a thin, diffuse fog.

Headed on Rhododendron for another trip to Meadowbrook Park, without the iPhone but with the “dedicated” camera that was almost out of battery charge. So at least I wouldn’t be tempted to stop for photos quite so frequently as I would with the phone. [Note: the strange appearance of these photos is the result of photographing the image on the camera’s viewfinder–I had a problem uploading the photos from the camera.]

At Meadowbrook, soon after crossing the rabbit-statue bridge

20140529-170035.jpgand rounding the corner of the path to the east, saw my first Penstemon of the year!

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Because of the slight fog, the rising sun was an orange-red disc that was easy to look at directly as it came up over the inside of the prairie.

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The fog also created a soft effect over the ground.

The bloom of the lone blue flag iris I saw last time was spent, though there still was a bud on the plant. The patch back through the wet ground a ways from the path was coming into bloom!

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Teva sandals were the ticket for braving the slight barrier of water.

And then of course there was the spiderwort, both both it and the Penstemon quite abundant already. Their beauty was so comforting: it exactly fulfilled the achy longing for them before they came as well as ausuaging a bit of other current life discomfort…. What a gift they are!

Did not see any deer today, though I’m sure they were around nearby.

Almost missed the possum remains in the bike lane in the way home. Except for the teeth and a clawed hand, they blended right in with all the piles of spent tree-flower debris.

Stopped to use the last bit of charge in the battery to get a shot of these splendid poppies, in honor of a friend who is crazy about them but unable to see them just now. For you, Nancy.

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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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