Sunrise 47: Ault Park (More Spring Blooms & Scented Geranium Garden)
This morning was another beautiful sunrise in the Cincinnati Valley. The sun seemed to come up about 10 minutes late from the scheduled time, something that bothers me when I think too hard about it but I know can’t be possible. In fact I didn’t even see the sun until about 6:25 due to the haze in the sky. By the time it made itself visible it wasn’t even that far above the horizon. Weird…
I decided to stay in Ault Park this morning and enjoy the clear sunrise. With my recent bouts of wanderlust I haven’t had a great chance to get pictures in that small window that occurs after the sun is above the horizon but before it gets so bright that you can’t stare directly into it.
There is a small period of time, maybe 3 minutes, where the sky sheds the red/orange hue and takes on a brilliant orange gradient. Soon the sun light becomes strong enough to hurt the eyes and any pictures featuring the sun will be washed out. It is hard to guess when this window will occur, but that’s half the fun. On morning like today when the sky is clear but the humidity is high, the window occurred about 25 minutes after sunrise. On an overcast or foggy day, that window might not be for 45 minutes to an hour after the sunrise. On a low humidity day with no clouds, the window could be as early as 8 minutes after sunrise.
As I was standing at the overlook taking a final picture before the sun became too bright, two things happened in a row that provided perfect picture opportunities. The first thing was that a crew of canadian geese flew right into the sunrise as I happened to have the camera on and ready to go. About 10 seconds behind them came the familiar jet that took off from Lunken also into the sunrise. I’ve seen this jet probably 5 times now, sometimes I refer to it as the jet “with the wing tips folded up or down”. I think it is an old WWII jet but I’m not certain. I wonder where it has traveled to since I saw it last week.
Once the sun light started to become more intense I realized that it was another perfect morning for checking out the spring flowers. This time I ventured down into the arboretum along the tree-lined sidewalk.
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The first thing that caught my eye was a family of aphids on a nearby bush.
I know of the aphid herding ants after finding them by the overlook a few weeks ago, but I haven’t seen these larger winged creatures. They’re probably adult aphids.
There were several small flowers that were looking fresh and radiant. Species unknown! These are the same flowers from the beginning of the post but without the neutral color filter.
I spent the remainder of my time in the garden looking into this beautiful purple bush. There were ants, katydids, beatles, and spiders hanging out in the foliage. The sun had opened up to bathe the arboretum in a strong orange light that allowed the camera to take some great pictures.
A white speckled harvestman. A different variety from the one I saw a couple days ago
On the way out of the park I stopped and looked at one of the adopt-a-gardens that looked recently planted. There were probably 43 plants all with individual names. It seemed like an herb garden, given how unique the naming was, but upon further inspection it appears to be a scented geranium garden. The names were unique and all over the place. I can’t wait to check this out in a few months when they’re all in bloom. I guess geraniums are bred like roses and have all kinds of hybrid versions and sub-species. Some of the names:
- Candy Dance
- Chicago Rose
- Concolor Lace
- Peacock Fair
- Silver Edge Rose
- Lady Plymouth
- Variated Mint Rose
- Mrs. Taylor
- Dr. Livingston
- Roger’s Delight
- Oak Scented
- Maple Gray
- Scarlet Unique
- Atomic Snowflake (my favorite name haha)