Oy vey. That was a bike ride for the ages. It all began when I saw a flower that I wanted to take a picture of. This never happens to me, you know, but I thought, hey, why not. Do something unexpected. Unfortunately the plant — two of them, actually — were growing by the side of a busy highway. But the plant really struck me even at 65mph because of its light blue color. I thought it might be chicory, which I’ve never noticed around here before. I decided to return to the flowers some afternoon on bike and take their picture.
Today was that day. Unfortunately, like every other day in Minnesota since the beginning of time, it was terribly windy. Fortunately, the way there was a breeze — cross one highway, down a few dirt roads, to the little town bordered by the highway, which I carefully crossed and where I quickly located my prize. Unfortunately, the first thing I saw when I turned on my camera was that herald of doom, “No memory card.” Fortunately, I had my phone with me. Unfortunately, I can’t really focus my phone very well, especially when it is windy, as it was today, just like every other day in Minnesota since the beginning of time.
So I decided to just take a shoot with the prettiest flower with me, and take better pictures of it at home. Unfortunately, the way back home was a lot worse because I was biking directly into the wind most of the time and up slight inclines that I wasn’t expecting because I had not effortlessly coasted on the way in. Also the wind would catch the loose ends of my helmet’s straps and hit me below the ears with them at a rate of about 500 smacks a second. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FOR PRACTICING SAFETY, I imagined the wind cackling, hitting me with the strap on the other side of my face too for good measure. By the time I finally got home, the flowers petals were bruised and refused to perk back up in a glass of water, and so I didn’t take a picture after all.
After that I was just forced to take pictures in the front yard, like I usually am. I’m pretty drawn to the hostas these days, though, so that was alright.
I did take a picture at the farm today, though.