As you fellow Madisonians may remember, last Friday was beautiful – warm, sunny, and almost Spring-like somehow. Knowing that we won’t have many more of these days before winter hits, Laurie Scheer and I grabbed some lunch at the Willy Street Co-Op and spent our lunch break reading Midwest Prairie Review submissions at Olbrich Gardens. In the photo above, I am balancing my work on my knee. And those are just the poetry entries!
So much pretty.
I could have happily wandered around these paths all afternoon.
Why, exactly, is burbling water so relaxing?
Laurie and I set off for separate corners of the Gardens. (So as not to influence the other’s judging.) I spent the bulk of my time on a bench by the water. I know the water looks kind of scummy from far away, but up-close was lovely, actually.
Tiny brilliant green dots floating on the nearly-black water.
I don’t know what these seed pods are, but they looked like black tulips. Very Morticia Addams.
I loved the mix of golden leaves and freshly-blooming flowers.
And you can never go wrong with a waterfall.
Ah, my little bench. It was hard to tear myself away and head back to the office. Do you think I could make a case to the Dean that I’m more productive outside?
Yeah. I don’t think so, either. Sigh.
Aren’t these guys something? Their Latin name is Gomphocarpus physocarpus.
A host plant for Monarch caterpillars, they are related to milkweed plants. Now you know.
Speaking of Monarchs…
This one let me watch for quite a while before fluttering away.
Just a few more hours until I flutter away for the weekend, too. Have a wonderful one, everybody.