It was 64 degrees F and mostly clear at 5:30 this morning as I headed out on Discovery II. There was time for a quick spin to Meadowbrook Park to see today’s manifestation of the summer prairie bloom before morning swim, so there I went.
Entered the park at Vine Street and stopped to look at McCullough Creek from the Windsor/Vine bridge.
Wound near the creek on the “short loop” path, and saw a deer to the right in the prairie vegetation.
Next to it seemed to be another, smaller deer-like head, not visible here, that bobbed up and down, in and out of view. Perhaps a fawn.
Saw lots of purple coneflowers and the first yellow coneflowers, but didn’t get great photos of them here.
Heading toward the big loop saw the sun disc just above the organic garden plots.
Got the customary shot of McCullough Creek from the rabbit-statue bridge
Down the path a little way saw another deer, so close, didn’t use any zoom at all to get the photo.
The Common milkweed (Asclepius syriaca ) was widespread, all abloom and fragrant.
Near the wet, willowy area on the south side of the path saw one little spike of pale pink obedient plant (Physostegia Virginiana)
Was happy to see compass plant (Sylphium lacineatum) stalks rising above the prairie
The leadplant (so it’s one word) (Amorpha canescens) bloomed.
Like many other plants I’ve been noticing lately, it hosted Japanese beetles. Alas. At least, while they seem to eat any leaf or flower they land on, they tend not to destroy whole plants, at least from what I’ve seen.
Along Windsor Road were new yellow coneflowers (Ratibida pinata)
There were lots of purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpuria)
Loved the light on the flowers, stems, and leaves just then. The rosinweed leaves especially reminded me of paintings by Henri Rousseau.
Welcome, summer prairie flowers!