It was 64 degrees F under cloudy skies at
7:00 this morning (just before which spotted this perfect exoskeleton of a nymphal cicada) as I went to the garage expecting to take Rhododendron to the KRT to St. Joseph.
But Rhododendron was not in the garage; after a very brief moment of panic remembered that my husband picked me up from my job assignment at Clark-Lindsey yesterday and I’d forgotten to load the bike in the car.
So the plan changed from the KRT to a circle of Meadowbrook and maybe a ride south on Race Street. l drove to CL and parked in the lot: unlocked my bike, and headed east along Windsor Road for a counter-clockwise circle of the park.
The spiderwort still were plenty evident, but they bore lots of brown seed heads, indicating that more of their bloom was behind rather than ahead of them.
But false sunflowers,
purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans
and compass plants
were just beginning their bloom.
Farther down the path, at the viewing platform, the apparently expanding (compared to previous recent years) patch of lead plant was in mid-bloom,
as was the Baptisia.
Framed by lead plant blooms was this new inflorescence of rattlesnake master.
Decided that lead plant is much more spectacular in detail than from a distance.
Noticed that wild quinine, also in mi-bloom,
was more abundant than I remember from previous years.
Noticed a patch of pasture rose already full of green hips.
All along through the prairie, the common milkweed still was full of fragrant pink spheres of flowers, but didn’t stop to photograph them till I saw this one next to an early Monarda bloom.
Noticed that the wet place where the irises and cardinal flowers appear (in their respective times) was quite grown up with willows.
Tree swallows (there were three, all flew at my approach,and one returned) perched on a bird house.
Continued on and crossed McCullough Creek (which was quite full) at the rabbit statue bridge,
opposite my usual direction of travel.
Did not go straight out to Race Street but continued north on the path and exited near the “wonky Christmas tree,”
which looked like it had been trimmed (or had grown) since I observed it last.
Turned south on Race Street toward the open farm fields, where there was incredible corn!
Light rain began to fall before I reached Old Church so turned back
Was surprised by two deer, right next to the road.
They were completely unperturbed by my stopping to photograph them.
Then returned to the CL lot, packed the bike into the car and headed home, somewhat better synchronized with the season.