Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring Walk

After lunch today,  Dan and I headed out to walk to see what we could see at the heron rookery.

It's a delightful Spring day, raining pink petals from the flowering cherry trees.

The redbud trees are also in full bloom.

Last summer this route was washed out by heavy rains that flooded many places.  Now the crossing has been reinforced with rocks.

Looking downstream.

Looking upstream.

Some trees are in fuller leaf than others.

We spotted two trees with heron nests. These didn't appear occupied now.  They probably were earlier in March.

The light green and blue make such a nice contrast.

Under foot was a small leaf plant.

It was everywhere which means its likely to be an invasive carpeting the forest floor.

Walking back here's the old road bed now a service road to underground pipelines.

It's lined on either side with old locust trees which are very slow to green each spring.

Locust wood is very hard and was used for fence posts.

The old road would have been from Columbia Pike (now U.S. route 29) to this old home: Oakland Manor, built in 1811.  Columbia Pike got its name for the turnpike company that once owned it.  My city, Columbia, took its name from the road that bisects the city.

This once stately home is now owned by the Town Center Village of Columbia.  Their offices are there and its rented frequently for weddings and other fancy occasions.  It sits directly behind Vantage House where I live.


Fun60 said...

I wish the cherry blossom would remain on the trees for longer. Such beautiful trees. I can see why that building is a popular venue for weddings.

Tom said...

...I've just noticed some dead trees in a swamp with heron nests, what a neat sight.

Kay said...

Hi Marcia! I just got back from Japan. I've been gone since the start of the month and had my posts scheduled to go up while I was off-island.

I did answer you about the cekoroba:

"I Googled it and found mention of the Cekoroba in the book Monique and the Mango Rains and Holly's Mali which is a blog by another Peace Corps volunteer in Mali."

Cekoroba must be a Malian or Bambara term for the spider. They speak Bambara or French in Mali.

Lady Fi said...

Lovely scenes.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Such a beautiful time of year. I love to see the contrast of bright green leaves against the blue sky. This looks like a lovely place for a walk.
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