Sunrise 91: Ault Park (Summer Flower Garden, Ailanthus Webworm Moth)
This morning I felt it was definitely a time to recollect and enjoy a cool morning summer in the park. The last two mornings I skipped the sunrise. I tell myself it was mostly due to overcast conditions but in reality I think there are several different reasons. I almost feel as though these late sunrises, happening at 7:05am, are no longer a “challenge”! The 6:15am sunrises, which came up before rush hour and when the city was still asleep, had more of an air of secrecy to them. I’m either going to have to find a new challenge (like getting to the park by a half hour before sunrise, and then leaving as soon as the sun crests) or search for more motivation. Time will tell! It’s just depressing to me how deep into the morning my routine is taking me if I wish to take my time at the overlook or in the gardens. That’s life, though, I suppose.
The atmosphere this morning was cloudy so I took the time to check out the flower gardens. By this time, late into the summer, the bushes and flowers have grown up healthy and lush. There is an opening that reveals a grassy aisle into the center of the flower garden that is in the center lawn. The last time I really explored this area, the ground was bare and I was left wondering “hmm, what’s going to grow here?”. The black-eyed-susans, cosmos, and other flowers are now towering over my head and full of beetles, bumblebees, spiders, and ladybugs. I was surprised to find how thick the isolation felt once I walked into the flower garden. On several occasions, while I was stooped in observation taking pictures of the flowers, a jogger would glide by only a few feet from me but on the other side of the flower wall. It reminded me of just how private a forest or meadow can become during the late summer months. I need some time to rebalance and sunrise in the garden was a perfect fit :). I got a bit carried away with the pictures, mostly just having fun with the color and finding all the insect life hidden under the pedals.
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I wanted to see what time it was, so I pointed the camera down and took a picture. I liked the picture, so I took a more careful version of it. And here it is. Mostly gray and black, with the red water bottle.
A local moth! I know it’s a moth because I looked it up one other time. It hangs out with the beetles, but don’t let the appearance fool you. The orange and white pattern is a telltale sign of the Ailanthus Webworm! Interestingly enough, this moth is native to Florida and the tropical Americas. The Cincinnati climate is actually a humid sub-tropic so I find it fascinating to find this moth all around these parts. It reminds me of just how lush and wet our little micro-climate is. I think that I’ve actually seen these caterpillars hanging around, it might even be the one that I found on Sunrise 24 although all I can find on the Internet is a single picture that only resembles it…