Early Spring at Longwood 2019 | Photos B
We’ve exited the flower walk and are headed toward the lake. The photo above shows the lower end of the lake. Thankfully, it was virtually clear of algae and muck. The pink blossoms in the foreground are azaleas.
D took the following photos on the way to the gazebo area above. We’re walking through a forested area, on a path that slopes down toward the lower end of the lake and gazebo (above). It always feels like I’m walking into an outdoor cathedral when we get to this point. The second photo below shows a cinnamon fern. Finally, pink blossoms on one of the few azalea bushes still in bloom.
Now we’ve reached the gazebo shown at the top, and are looking across the water at a robin sitting on her full nest of hungry peeps!
Our main goal now is to stroll around the lake to the pond by the meadow. From the bridge crossing over into the meadow, this is what we saw–a lesson in how to climb a water-logged tree branch!
Now we’ve crossed the pond bridge, and get our first sighting of the meadow. My favorite place to be at Longwood.
We turn right at the path above, navigate a few mud holes, and see a mama and papa pair of Canadian geese by the pond. Then, in the meadow at the edge of the pond, we spot an orchard oriole! Very exciting, since we usually don’t see them. They migrate here for only four months of the year. Finally, just before leaving the pond area, a brilliant North American goldfinch.
Next we make our way uphill toward the far side of the meadow. D takes photos at will. I just keep walking. That way I don’t have to pose for anything!
Just below, we have a red-wing blackbird — super abundant in the meadow, and noisy. Then two photos of a tree swallow guarding the nest.
Now we’re at the top of the path, at a resting place. The pavilion is covered with this honeysuckle-like vine. Then, turning around, this is a view of the meadow, just to our left.
Finally, a gray catbird keeps an eye on us, followed by D’s one and only sighting of a butterfly.
Thanks again for coming along! Just looking at these photos makes me want to go back tomorrow.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 15 May 2019
Photos taken by DAFraser, 6 May 2019 at Longwood Gardens
Wonderful pictures. I love to watch birds. I just this afternoon purchased a feeder pole that I hope is tall enough to foil the Squirrels .
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Thanks, Waldo! I hope your squirrel defense works. They’re persistent little things. We had to take our bird feeders down after we took Smudge in. The bird feeders were attracting too many new neighborhood cats hoping for a catch, and the alien cats were driving Smudge crazy (not allowed outside to defend his turf)!
What a beautiful butterfly is it really as big as it seems in the photograph? Was that a mother tortoise showing her babies how to get around the park, Loved to have seen that,
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Hi, Brian. I think the butterfly is about like a hand-span. Not huge, but definitely not tiny. It was still a bit cool and early for butterflies. I’m hoping to see oodles of them this month! And yes, the mama is showing the little squirts how to survive in the pond. I thought they were the most wonderful creatures we saw that day. 🙂