It was 70 degrees F and cloudy at 7:07 this morning, with a bit of distant fog. Am behind in my posts and had intended to make yoga practice and not a bike ride the first item on the morning’s agenda, but the fog was fleeing and did not want to miss it.
So headed south on Rhododendron to Meadowbrook Park. Stopped to get a shot of a ginkgo tree with fog behind it.
At Meadowbrook, sped over the rabbit-statue bridge and around the bend (did use a bit of brake) and looked for fog images.
Besides the fog, the prairie bloom was muted with maturity (and perhaps disease?)
but so far there still were flowers, like these cup plants,
Noticed a swamp milkweed covered with aphids.
It was a picture of destruction, but not without its own strange beauty.
Saw early goldenrod with dew-beaded remains of a spiderweb nearby.
Knew there was not much time but did go as far as the “upland” cardinal flowers site and get a distant shot
as well as a shot of big bluestem flowers that were not quite fully in bloom.
Saw a beaded, mostly intact spiderweb
and knew there must be lots more of them, jewels of condensed fog out there in the rest of the prairie, but, alas, had to leave them undiscovered and make my way back to the day’s demands.
but did stop to see some nice clusters of wingstem
in front of the dense streameside growth
and, back at the rabbit-statue bridge, the glorious, if partly hidden, riparian cardinal flowers.
Was grateful to have made it for this visit, another example of how a short time of awareness is WAY better than none!