My ninth a final day of biking with my friend Andrew last Thursday was a big one, in fact my longest bike ride ever: 82 miles from Soissons to the 13th arrondissement of Paris. There were busy highways, quiet back country roads, and a very nice bike path along a canal the last few miles that took us directly into the heart of Paris, "the city of light and poodleshit" as Andrew calls his temporary home some 30 years ago. But there was also some nice habitat along the way with lots of birds (such as Greater Whitethroats). In one such area I took a photo of what looked a lot like an elderberry, but wasn't really woody and shrub-like. It turns out to be Dwarf Elder, Sambucus ebulus, the last of the photos above.
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