Saturday 29 October 2016. Mild Urbana Autumn

This morning at 7:30 it was 64 degrees F under mostly clear skies.

This would be a short ride on the more upright- sitting Discovery II, just to get out and connect with the light and the color of the gorgeous autumn morning.

It seemed that the leaves were turning one fiery tree at a time, but still surrounded with green.


Wondered what was happening at the mushroom site and stopped to check; found both the ravages of the meta-fungus


and the irrepressible life force that kept mushroom emerging from the ground.


Rode on only to the Idea Garden of the U of I Arboretum. But there was plenty to see!

It was breathtaking with its late blooms in the early morning (late sunrise!) sun:

a yellow milkweed,


second-bloom spiderwort,


glowing pink “flowering” kale,


popcorn Senna


Cosmos with nearby Nasturtium that looked like little lotus leaves,


and Cleome


Winter seems quite far away.


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