At 7:23 this morning it was 6 degrees F and clear with minimal wind.
Dressed warmly and unlocked Rhododendron—Shadow’s brakes still were pretty frozen–for a minimal ride in the cold. The streets were salty but clear and dry, which was favorable both for safety and for the condition of the bike.
Heading south on Race Street, noticed (just hadn’t looked for a while) some lingering apples on “my” apple tree.
Then continued west on Florida and south on Lincoln to the Japan House garden, technically part of the U of I Arboretum.
The sun (already launched for a while) was rising above the frozen pond.
Checked the hellebores under the bald cypresses, the ones with the “Winter’s Ghost” marker)
and found stiff but green leaves.,
apparently reading to resume photosynthesis as soon as the temperature goes above freezing. Wondered whether the bloom (often underway by early February) would be much later this year.
Got a photo of bare cherry trees ,
The frozen pond,
and the sculptural evergreen shrubs accented with a stone architectural feature
of which I may have heard the name but don’t remember it, alas.
As I looped around the pond thought about spring and bringing friends here when the weather is more hospitable. But for completeness was glad to have been here in the cold.
And that was today’s little ride!