washington park was formed on the city’s west side back in the 1890s, and it’s still a gem. right in the middle of the urban landscape and bordered on one side by highway 175, it’s a fine mix of rolling park, open pond, and small wetland, with some gorgeous old trees and an art-deco ampitheatre. the city is celebrating the bucks’ championship win today w/ a parade, so we had to stay north of downtown, and glad we did.
a few great blue herons were flying about, and first id’s of cardinal flower and monkey flower! also, the spotted touch-me-nots are back.
thanks to my daughter for suggesting the walk, thanks to the urban ecology center for tending the site and providing programming in the park, and a couple photos here are credited to my wife.
cardinals and saffrons trumpet
a lance living and angled
the festive city surrounds
cardinal flower more impressive in person even than i had expected
spotted touch-me-not with insect friend
great blue heron taking a break from wading
monkey flower, arresting and unassuming
if you made it this far, it looks like these were cicada parts…