This morning’s mission was once again to seek and hopefully find queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra) at Meadowbrook Park.
Tried not to chastise myself for doing laundry (it’s insidious!) instead of being present to witness the sun disc breaking from the horizon as I headed south on Discovery II.
The temperature was perfectly comfortable, the light was bright but slightly softened, the air fresh, as they say.
Some linden trees had almost finished blooming; others were in full fragrant bloom. The perfume of linden did not fill the block, but close to a blooming tree the fragrance was sweet and uplifting.
Made me think of Samadhi, or spiritual absorption. Not the same as pleasure, I understand. But I think it’s hard to imagine without a reference to something pleasant.
Away from Samadhi, observed irritation arise at the stop light at Windsor and Race, again.
Entered Meadowbrook Park near the garden plots and Sensory Garden and walked Discovery II toward the Art and Billie Spomer Prairie.
The sound of McCullough Creek babbling at the the little wooden bridge provoked from me a sigh. Calm!
Stopped for a quick look upstream
The path into the prairie was nicely worn, and comfortably proceeded to walk in and search for the prized flowers. On the way saw remaining foxglove Penstemon,
Scanned the area toward the middle of the prairie where I’d seen it last year and at first saw nothing like queen-of-the-prairie except a bare-looking stalk that rose a little above the other plants, next to a blooming common milkweed. Had it finished blooming and I’d missed it?
Decided to walk in just in case, and to my delight discovered that the tall stalk was full of tight pink buds!
On the way back to the bike saw some lovely later-bloom spiderwort
Maneuvering the bike, noticed a hole pretty much flush with the ground
Onward to the little bridge, spotted a black-winged (ebony jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata) damselfly resting on a leaf near the creek,
Was glad to be able to witness the bloom of queen-of-the-prairie for another season.