It wasn’t intentional, but it has been very enjoyable. We have managed to experience spring flowers several times over this year! Clearly our recent passion for photography has peaked our interest in wildflowers, and our antennae go up each time we spot color on the roadside.
Our first taste was on our Upper Mississippi River Cycling Tour. Snow had barely receded from the roadsides in Duluth when we set off for our trip in mid-May. Cycling south along the Mississippi River, we jumped into spring weather that we only dreamed of up north. Sprays of wildflowers grew up along the train tracks that bordered the river. The Root River bicycle trail provided a tunnel of blooming apple trees. Colorful carpets of lavender flowers carpeted the banks of a driveway, and we glimpsed our first lilacs in bloom.
Fourth of July week was spent at the cabin. By then spring had advanced to northern Minnesota, and the warm sunny days brought out new blossoms every day. I had just learned “macro photography” in my photography class, so I practiced taking close-ups of wildflowers on our bike rides. They made for rewarding subjects, with their bright colors and intricate patterns. As long as the wind wasn’t blowing.
Lake Superior exerted her usual chilling influence on the North Shore. This week the same flowers we saw at the cabin finally repeated themselves along the shoreline, as well as some new varieties. And the lilacs bloomed on our street, with their intoxicating scent. It’s mid-July and spring has finally made its way to Duluth. Round three and we’re still enjoying it.