My attempt to document 40 sunrises in Eastern Cincinnati. Spring 2011.

Sunrise 151: Ault Park (Signs of Spring; Overcast Twilight)

It may look barren, but this garden is packed full of flowering cosmos and other prairie flowers. The center stone pot will be all but covered by July.

I woke up this morning and peered out the window to see a dark gray/blue overcast sky. The warm weather had me excited so I decided to take my chances and see if there was going to be a sunrise this morning after all. I was hoping that maybe the light cloud layer that rolled in late last night was still around, but as it turned out the sky was filled with thick gray rain-filled clouds.

I left for the park with a light drizzle lapping the pavement around me. This morning the weather was so warm that I actually wore shorts and a sweatshirt – no hat, gloves, long pants, double socks, or facemask! In fact I’d say that this morning’s sunrise ride was one of the most pleasant trips up to the park if for no other reason than I was able to truly appreciate the ambient sounds with more novelty since I was not wearing my winter facemask.

The wet atmosphere held a steady 52F as I worked my way up to the overlook in Ault Park. The air was sweet and smelled like spring. With no sunrise in sight, I casually strolled through the gardens and took some pictures of the desolate ground that has already started to show signs of life. There are several pieces of the gardens that look barren right now, but in just two short months they will be exploding with garden life as the plants take advantage of the warm humid sub-tropic microclimate of Eastern Cincinnati.

The birds were loud and flirty this morning in the warm air. No doubt they too detect the first comings of spring. I found buds in the trees, especially the magnolias. Their buds are already the size of my thumb and will be bursting open in white and purple blooms in just 6 short weeks. Mentally I’m still prepared for winter, but in the back of my mind I know that spring is almost here. With spring comes green life, organic growth, colorful blossoms, and so many insects to find. I’m looking forward to Armleder Parks prairie and the 10′ high stalks of meadow grass & compass flowers.

Rolling into the park I find the central yard quiet and calm under a blue layer of twilight clouds.

Just think about how lush this walkway will be in just 8 weeks. The daffodils have broken ground and are already starting to bloom.

Here’s another shot of a spot where I know the plant life grows thick. In the heat of the summer this garden explodes with several generations of daffodils & flowering bushes.

A calm and blue/gray Heekin Overlook as the storm front rolls in from the west.

Looking South/West across Lunken Airfield.

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3 responses

  1. Great shots and descriptions to go along. I can actually visualize what it looks like in spring.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    • Thanks Max. It surely gets lush around here in the humid atmosphere above the Ohio & Little Miami River Valley. I’m convinced there’s a microclimate that’s fed by the fog.

      March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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