A Golden Morning

A Rose flower in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."The air was cool and gentle. The sky was bright blue. The birdsong melodies were woven together in an ever-changing tapestry. It was a golden morning.

I had been watching the weather all week. I knew last Friday was going to be a beautiful day. I set the alarm for an hour earlier than its usual early hour. I woke up 8 minutes before the alarm was due to sound and left the soft pillow without a second’s regret.

I started the visit to the Arboretum at the Rose bushes on the northern end of the gardens. I made my way south past the Peony flowers to the Tree Lilac. While I was taking photos of the Tree Lilac flowers, I heard a Northern Cardinal. He was perched on a branch in a nearby tree. I crossed the road to the Restored Prairie just north of the Woodland Paths. The song of a Field Sparrow drifted across the prairie. He was sitting on a branch near the top of a very tall tree on the northern edge. When he sang, his head tilted up and his tail feathers moved. Wild Indigo flowers towered over the grasses.

Unopened Tree Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

Unopened Tree Lilac flowers.

Tree Lilac flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

Tree Lilac flowers.

A Northern Cardinal in a tree next to the Tree Lilac in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

A Northern Cardinal.

Peony flowers in the gardens at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

Peony flowers.

A Field Sparrow perched high in a tree at the edge of the restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

A Field Sparrow perched high in a tree at the edge of the Restored Prairie.

A Field Sparrow perched high in a tree at the edge of the restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

A Field Sparrow perched high in a tree at the edge of the Restored Prairie.

Wild Indigo flowers in the restored Prairie at the Iowa Arboretum, June 13, 2014, "A Golden Morning."

Wild Indigo flowers in the Restored Prairie.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

About Sarah

nature, outdoor, and health enthusiast, book reader, and runner
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2 Responses to A Golden Morning

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    Very nice pictures. I *almost* like summer after reading this blog. 🙂

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady 🙂
      I am happy you like the pictures 🙂 Technically, we are still hanging on to spring for a few more days. The next post will be last Saturday’s photos called A Spring Sunrise. There is a lot to love about summer. 🙂

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