Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hiking the Meadow Trail

Last week when I did a quick pass through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on the way to the grocery store I noticed that they'd put up a trail map. And in looking at the trail map I noticed I'd missed a good half of the Meadow Trail. So the plan for today was to go back up the hill and do the whole trail.

I took a lot of shots on this hike, and 22 of them passed quality control. I got a good mix of panoramic shots of the meadow with mountains in the distance and macros of the various  wildflowers (and two mushrooms!) in and surrounding the meadow. There were some critters there as well; I got usable shots of a young Eastern Cottontail rabbit and a Groundhog. And there was a bonus to today's hike - the Raspberries are ripening, and there were enough fully ripe ones to halt my progress for a while to pig out on some. Now if only the Blackberries would hurry up...

Obviously I'm not going to post all 22 shots here; after I post some of my favorites I'll include the Picasa slideshow, and you can also visit the Picasa web album of same.  Meanwhile, here are some of my favorite shots of the day.

Pale Jewelweed along the trail
Meadow and copses
A panoramic view of the meadow with Blue Mountain in the distance
Queen Anne's Lace with visitors
And here's the slideshow:

© 2013 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. They are beautiful and refreshing as all your photos are:) reminds me my village :)

  2. I wonder if jewelweed is part of the orchid family. It certainly has some of the characteristics, at least to my eye.

  3. weed shouldn't be any part of that lovely flower's name! :)

    looks like you had a nice day for a hike and photos...we finally had a day without rain after 15 straight rainy days!

    I wish we had mountains like that...


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