It was 72 degrees F at 5:55 this morning under skies with large, spread-out clouds.
All I wanted to do was go for a quick ride to Meadowbrook Park before devoting a good hour and a half to yoga practice.
But it just didn’t seem possible not to stop, first for the clouds.
Then stopped for the rabbit-statue bridge, after speeding over which, hitting the brakes lightly on the turn, getting this shot first,
then returning to get a shot of McCullough Creek from the bridge
and on, trying hard not to stop for every beckoning image.
But this was mid-July, about the peak time for beckoning images.
Like this one of the ever-photogenic compass plant framed by clouds, walnut leaves, Monarda and purple coneflowers,
With soft mist in the distance.
Found the spot between the little trees where I’ve seen Liatris blooms every year since I started observing the Meadowbrook Prairie.
The Liatris (not obvious in this photo) were just starting to bloom. Here, too, were compass plants. It really is a good year for them.
Here are more, under the clouds, with mist.
The mist slowly dispersed as I watched.
Bouquet shots abounded, here featuring purple coneflowers, Monarda, and false sunflowers.
Saw Culver’s root,
the sky with delicate and varied clouds and masses of flowers below,
royal catchfly(!), but not up close,
the patch in front of the observation deck, the one that blooms earlier than the ones in the middle of the prairie near the unpaved path, more swirling, expanding clouds,
ironweed and yellow coneflower,
yet more dramatic compass plants,
the sky and a bouquet shot,
a dense bouquet,
and yellow coneflowers and Monarda,
the signature of July!
How fortunate to be here, however briefly, to pass through and take them all in!