"The great pulsation of nature beats too in my breast, and when I carol aloud, I am answered by a thousand-fold echo. I hear a thousand nightingales. Spring hath sent them to awaken Earth from her morning slumber, and Earth trembles with ecstasy, her flowers are hymns, which she sings in inspiration to the sun... "
- Heinrich Heine
Mama Gaia is finally getting serious about Spring in these parts. The daylight temperatures seem to have settled into the mid 60s to mid 70s (18º - 24º C), with no more freezing or sub-freezing nights. And the non-domestic, native flowering trees have finally started to bloom, most notably Redbud and Dogwood. And as yesterday was Earth Day, the timing was perfect. Unfortunately I was working yesterday, so today's walk through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park is my annual post to celebrate the glory of our planet. Enjoy!
|Branch Creek by McLean House; note the Dogwood to the right|
|Entering the park on the Dykeman Walking Trail|
|A view of the Dykeman Walking Trail|
|The newly lush forest floor along the Dykeman Walking Trail|
|A view across part of the Dykeman Spring wetland, with blooming Redbud|
|A Gray Catbird merrily nattering away in the Dykeman Spring wetland|
|The creek in the Dykeman Spring wetland|
|My favorite corner of the north duck pond, with some visiting Canada Geese|
|A forest floor scene in the woods by the upland meadow|
© 2016 by A. Roy Hilbinger