It was 46 degrees F at 7:30 this morning, the sky clear.
Wanted to get out and ride among fall leaves to the north but knew this was probably my last chance this year to see the Meadowbrook Park bottle gentians.
Remembered that It probably still was not possible to turn on to Windsor Road from Race Street, so took Vine. Had still not fully transitioned my awareness from yoga to cycling mode, but was able to behold and photograph a large, low-branching sugar maple I recalled from a previous trip.
Near the statue,
did not see any gentians at first; was ready to concede that they were done for this year. But then right in front and near the middle were two small clusters of flowers, somewhat faded but still blue.
Wondered if the garden spider I’d seen before in its web near some gentian plants would still be there, though figured without flowers there wouldn’t be much spider prey and probably no spider. Was surprised, though, to find its empty web.
Checked the place on the long fence to the south of the sidewalk where I’d seen thick vines of poison ivy–in previous years they showed some great fall colors. But it looked like someone was on to its luxuriant growth and had applied herbicide.