242/365 There’s This Prairie Meadow Hiding In the Suburbs….
Blink and you’ll miss it. You’ll probably miss it anyway because you are focused on driving. I’m glad. That means I get it all to myself, because you won’t see it to stop, unless you’re looking for it, it’s that inconspicuous.
Daubenspeck Community Nature Park is a gem. It is prairie meadows, wetlands, and forest all hugged together on 22 acres. I go there to walk and to meditate and to enjoy the meadow. It is lovely and secluded even though it is surrounded by roads and cars and houses. But once in the park, you forget everything else.
Mounds of prairie wildflowers cluster together, rolling into the woods beyond.
Every now and then a pocket of color peaks through the green leaves and stalks.
The petals look wild and messy, not smooth like other petals. And, yet, they are structured. I do so love structured chaos!!
Pick ME! A single beauty.
Dotted throughout the landscape are these beautiful, dark, rich stalks. I tried to capture the contrast between their lovely darkness and the vibrant greens surrounding them but fell short. They add a subtle elegance to the wild colors of the rest of the meadow.
Coming in for a Landing! This was the first bee photo I took in the meadow that day. I took many others, but when I got home and saw this little guy coming in for a landing, I knew this was it. The flower is pretty, too.
On hot days, I like going into the woods to cool off until I’m ready to return to the meadow.
Nude Sun Bathers. The late evening sun bathes these nearly spent wildflowers.
I almost missed this. As I left, I looked back at the meadow and saw the late sun kissing the tops of just this patch of wild growth.