Draper Summer Flowers

Just a few flower shots from Draper Lake today. It was highly humid even during the morning hours of my early ride. Oddly enough, if you could have seen the tall grass in high spots, you would see it starting to sunburn and lose color.

The bikeway is coming along slowly and there was nothing new to shoot, so I just went after the flowers. Most of the spring crop is gone now and these are the midsummer blossoms. This second image is a collection of tiny little things that grow in shady areas. The spot was cool and damp, yet right next to the sunny hot road.

These tiny blues also appeared only in shaded areas, but in soil that was less sandy, more red clay. I noted previously that the bikeway crews are building up the low sandy spots with deep layers of packed red clay because it’s slightly more stable. Our sand here by the lake is mostly brown dusty silt.

These lavender stalks were visible only on the eastern side of the lake. The west side is higher and drier, while the east has far more wooded areas.

I caught this tiny yellow puff on the west side. It grows on a vine and the blossoms are spread out. There were some purple ones, too, but they were too far out in the wild foliage where I would have been eaten by ticks. This time of year is really bad for ticks and they carry diseases. I was dressed for riding, not tromping in the brush.

It was a hot ride and I emptied all four of my water bottles before I got home.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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