I love taking daily walks, not only for the physical exercise, but also for the learning experience. Just the other day, I went into the woodland that surrounds our home with my camera in hand and I glimpsed at some of the first signs of spring. To my surprise, I discovered some plant material and trees that even I didn't know we had. Perhaps it's part of my curiosity, but I like to know exactly what I have in my own backyard. With several acres surrounding us, it's sometimes a challenge to accomplish this. Take a look at a few of the discoveries I made in the woodland the other day.
This is one of the numerous walking trails just behind the house. The path is flanked by pachysandra and a few daffodils that are just starting to come out of the ground.
A bridge that goes over a tiny brook.
I love standing here.
A patch of hostas is coming along quite nicely. To think that just a few months ago this was all covered in so much snow.
As I was climbing the hill, I was immediately drawn to some white flowers in the distance. I could not believe it. A white flowering magnolia tree!
Look at these flowers. Beautiful!
This bud is just opening. A few bees were buzzing nearby and I was in heaven.
At the top of the hill, by the field, more color was breaking through. Can you see the vivid pink?
As I walked underneath this magnolia I was in complete awe. Truly magnificent.
These cherry blossoms just opened a few days ago. They bring such beauty to the landscape.
Now that winter's chill is behind us, go outside and take a walk. Make it a habit to carry a camera because you just may find yourself in front of something spectacular. Nature has something to teach us everyday and I know I'll continue to be amazed and mindful of my surroundings. Cheers!