Sunrise 45: Ault Park (Adopt-a-Garden Blooms, Young Roses, and Harvestmen)
A beautiful lily in the adopt-a-garden
Waking up this morning was difficult. My body felt beat up even with 7.5 full hours of sleep. Last night I went on the group ride with Element Cycles. The route we chose was a new one, going down into Kentucky and over to Devou Park through downtown. It was absolutely beautiful, and really hilly. The climb up to Devou Park is no joke – about 2 miles at a 3.5% grade. Even with the uphill climbs (both at Devou Park and back up through Mt. Lookout) we did the 26 miles in 2 hours – averaging 13mph and peaking at probably 30mph on the downhills. It was an excellent workout and I probably only had about 5% left in the tank when we got back. Needless to say, it was a bit hard getting out of bed this morning.
As I left our apartment I looked up into the sky and saw mostly overcast clouds. But there were spots light where the layer was thin, exposing the dark blue morning atmosphere. I took my time getting to the park, figuring that the sun would be non-existent this morning, but was pleasantly surprised to see that just above the horizon there was a familiar break in the clouds. The sun shone through the open sky for a few minutes after sunrise, casting a moving shadow across the cloud ceiling. The sun was a bright orange but the light was quickly absorbed by the patchy sky.
I took the opportunity to simply sit and enjoy my coffee. I wasn’t in the most chipper of moods. Getting up early with fatigued muscles isn’t the most fun thing to do, but I was thankful that I wasn’t actually sore. I have the last 44 morning rides to thank for that 🙂
A view of the adopt-a-plot garden, very similar in shape to the garden of old roses
Too bad I couldn’t get a clear shot! Before they bloom they look like little packs of chicklet gum.
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To be completely honest, after enjoying my coffee and watching the sun disappear into the clouds, I packed up my bike and started to head home. I took a last minute turn and rode into the arboretum, realizing I hadn’t checked out the new spring blooms in about a week. I was pleasantly surprised (as always) at the new flowers that were in bloom around the center piece of the entrance to the “Adopt-a-Garden” plot. The lighting was a bit dark at first, but by the time I headed home at 7:30am, it was light enough to get some crisp pictures at 80ISO (something I now know much more about thanks to the unpredictable lighting conditions of the sunrise mornings).
A daddy longlegs! Did you know they’re not a spider? Also known as “harvestmen” or Opiliones, they’re arachnids but won’t hurt you. They mostly prefer to eat old leaves and dead bugs, but occasionally will hunt small insects. None of the harvestmen are known to pack venom, despite the urban legend that they are actually highly poisonous but their fangs are too small to bite humans
I continued out of the park, stopping to admire the beautiful young rose bush that was in partial bloom. There were several lighter colored lilys as well that had that fresh flower look to them. They were smelling incredible, too, a very powerful fragrance that no doubt was attracting all kinds of insects.
As always, thank you for reading and enjoy the weekend!