We arrived at the preserve around noon on Sunday April 16, 2017.
It was very warm, in the 80s. (some of the Mertensia was a bit wilted)
Nonetheless it was a glorious display of bluebells and Susquehanna Trillium. The blue Phlox was also putting on quite a show in the middle of the trail. We ate our lunch of Wawa sandwiches at the bench near what we call the Trout Lily trail. There were lots of people out which was adding to the social aspect of our experience.
We climbed a new trail we had never been on before, One that carried us all the way up to the top of the hill near the front of the main trail. We were afforded a fantastic view of the Susquehanna River and we also got to see lots of beautiful blooming bluebells up there. We also found some white Trout Lily.
We were very careful the whole day to not step on any wildflowers.
Most of these pictures were taken with a Lumix LX7 except the selfie which was taken with an iPhone 6 Plus.
IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GO AND WALK FOR MILES ALONG AN ENCHANTING WINDING PATH SURROUNDED BY WILDFLOWERS, HUMMINGBIRDS AND EAGLES, ALONG A WIDE BLUE RIVER ON A BALMY SPRING DAY. THE PATH HAS BUTTERFLIES AND A WIDE VARIETY OF BLOOMING FLOWERS AT EVERY TURN AND IT DOESNT END, JUST KEEPS GOING…
There were Eagles in the tall Oaks and Sycamores. We stumbled upon this one at a close range and we watched for some time.
What became an enchanting walk, a blur of eagles, bluebells, Trilliums, hummingbirds, Phlox, Spring Beauty, along with the rumbling blue waters of the wide and grand Susquehanna on its last miles before it becomes the magnificent Chesapeake Bay. The path we followed was intimate in scale, narrow and winding, occasionally affording us panoramic vistas of the vibrant Susquehannna River. As the hours passed, our botanizing, bird-watching, hiking, walking, strolling and long pauses metamorphosed into an elevated experience of awareness; this in the most humble sense was translated into altered mood, one of an exulted state!
As close as recently remembered, a feeling of grandeur, enlightenment and distance; watching the tender green hillsides across the river, and seeing the back-round of springtime clouds and blue skies full of birds there was a sense of timelessness. The hills, the species, the waterways are older than we can really comprehend, especially on this special day, it is now that we have become a part of its continued existence. The distance of time is stretched even further in our imaginations, further in its grandeur and vastness- the Earth is so old, we can barely begin to understand it all, all we have are a few charts and geological timelines, the history of species concealed overall, we are left with the snapshots we leave you with. But today is different than all of the worries of the world, today, these images and seemingly endless paths through the blooming Bluebells, Trilliums and Eagles, the grandeur and the vastness is crystallized into this moment. This is the epiphany. The epiphany for this Spring.
So we are going to leave you alone with this dream-like landscape of Bluebells, Eagles and Trilliums all against the backdrop of a timeless, vast river.