Tag Archives: Baptisia

Sunday 2 July 2017. A Perfect Ride to Windsor Road to Homer Lake Road

This morning at 5:30 it was 65 degrees and clear, with a 2 mph breeze from the WSW, calm enough to head in pretty much any direction. So headed Rhododendron in toward Windsor Road (which I was pretty sure was … Continue reading

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Sunday 25 June 2017. North on High Cross to Ford Harris, with a Glimpse of Weaver’s Early Summer Bloom

At 6:12 this morning it was 56 degrees under clear skies as I pointed Rhododendron to the east and north to check out High Cross Road. Did not expect a Meadowbrook-like flower display, but on the way, Weaver Park was … Continue reading

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Wednesday 21 June 2017. Sunrise on the Solstice at Meadowbrook

It was 64 degrees F at 5:15 this morning of the first day of summer and the longest day of the year! Was thrilled (and amazed) to have gotten myself going early enough to be heading to Meadowbrook Park on … Continue reading

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Saturday 17 June 2017. Lots of New Flowers at Meadowbrook but No Visible Queen of the Prairie

It was 72 degrees under progressively more cloudy skies at 6:05 this morning as I pointed Rhododendron down the driveway, toward the street and Meadowbrook Park. First, looked at wild roses in my own back yard, which were attracting lots … Continue reading

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Sunday 29 January 2017. Meadowbrook with a Tiny Amount of Snow

It was 28 degrees F and cloudy at about 7:40 this morning as I rolled Shadow down the driveway toward Meadowbrook Park, for a change by way of Vine Street. There were scattered snowflakes descending. And blowing; had some understanding … Continue reading

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Saturday 18 June 2016. This Year’s Queen of the Prairie

It was 62 degrees F under thinly cloudy skies this morning at 6:30. 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!) … Continue reading

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Friday 26 June 2015. Crystal Lake and Meadowbrook Park with a Little Fog

It was 70 degrees F under a uniformly grey sky this morning at 5:30 as I took Discovery II for a ride before an early swim. There was a bit of an east wind.  Thought about going to Weaver Park … Continue reading

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Monday 15 June 2015. To the Little Prairie on the Book Bindery and a Little Beyond

At 5:20 this morning it was 72 degrees F and cloudy but with big gaps in some of the clouds. Was glad the forecast had been revised and the storms that were predicted for this morning were delayed. The goal … Continue reading

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Thursday 11 June 2015. Oriole and Baptisia

It was 70 degrees F this morning at 5:30, the sky spread with a thin layer of cloud. Went for a quick spin to Meadowbrook Park on Discovery II. Observed the abundant yellow and the few pink cabbage roses and … Continue reading

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Saturday 23 August 2014. Treasures in the August Fog

This morning at 6:20 there was fog all around and already 73 degrees F. Finally the summer seems to have arrived, as if brought by the returning U of I students. Since my arrival in Urbana as an undergraduate 40 … Continue reading

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