Thursday, April 21, 2011

Woodland Wonders

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! 

6 comments:

  1. These are very nice. Where do you live?

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  2. What a wonderful surprise! Coming upon that magnolia. How sweet is that!

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  3. Co.Co, that magnolia is magnificent! I can see it poking through the trees from my bedroom window. :)

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