This morning at about 6:15 it was 70 degrees F and cloudy, but not, according to the phone weather app, threatening rain.
So hopped on Rhododendron and made for the KRT to St. Joseph.
Stopped on the way at the edge of Weaver Park, which sported a variety of summer prairie flowers:
purple coneflower and Black-eyed Susan,
common milkweed, some still in bloom,
some already making pods,
and butterfly milkweed.
There were false sunflower,
and even a few remaining Penstemon.
On the KRT right away saw lots of soapwort.
Noticed near the beginning of the trail a hole on the ground that looked like it had not been constructed by human hands (or tools).
I’m guessing it was a groundhog.
Farther along stopped to look out at the corn plants, dark with vigor, which really seem to have made up for lost time!
Saw a stately mullein in bloom against a cornfield.
Soon came to Full’s Siding, east of which the prairie plant diversity seems to increase.
There were quite a few thick patches of spiderwort
and a couple of compass plant, though they were rather stunted.
And then came the lovely bridge over the Salt Fork,
not much farther from which was St. Joe and the Geschenk coffeehouse. Breakfast was their wondeful Florentine egg and cheese wrap. And the brewed coffee was not bad!
Before heading back, looked between the coffee house and the next building to see the St. Joe vultures, still claiming the grain elevator.
On the way back, stopped for a shot of some spade-shaped prairie dock leaves.
and for a nice patch of oft-overlooked (by me anyway) black-eyed Susans.