It was 73 degrees F under partly cloudy skies at 5:15 this morning as I headed south on Race Street on Rhododendron.
Wanted to, and did, catch the early summer sunrise!
Wondered about everything that was blooming at Meadowbrook but first headed to Old Church and East toward Yankee Ridge.
The corn was almost supernatural looking with its ears and tassels on this first day of July!
Stopped to see spiderwort along the Barnhart Prairie Restoration.
A spike of Desmodium (tick trefoil) rose above the purple and yellow coneflowers
Culver’s root blooms were sent off by the erect spade-shapes of prairie dock leaves.
Then continued east and got a view from the “summit ”
of the Yankee Ridge moraine. Almost as beautiful as looking out over the ocean. Perhaps.
Rode in to Meadowbrook as far as the garden plots and then dismounted and walked Rhododendron toward the Art and Billie Spomer prairie.
McCullough Creek was full and “babbling” under the little wooden bridge.
The path into the prairie was flanked by lush vegetation.
In the path of the rising sun were many dewy tall compass plants,
heralding the splendor of the emerging summer prairie bloom. (My, those compass plants were abundant!) So much to see, on another day.
I’ve gotten out of the routine of longish bike rides so was feeling some fatigue. So it goes.
Still, was extra glad to have been out communing with the landscape.