Wildflower Walk & Native Plant Haul

We went to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve today for their native plant sale. First, we walked around the trails to see what was blooming then we picked out some plants. If you want to grow some, then search google for native plant sales in your area. Native plant haul.💃 Anemone, cardinal flower, fringed bleeding heart,…

Blue Phlox

I recently found out April is now native plant month, and I already knew that the first week of May is wildflower week. I learned a few new things about planting native plants: You don’t have to own land to grow native plants. You can plant them anywhere, even if it’s in the city. The…

Trout Lily

Today on our walk, we saw trout lily, another early spring ephemeral. We have them at home, but they haven’t started flowering yet. We also saw wood ducks which we have never seen before.

Spring Beauty

Spring beauty is one of the first native wildflowers we see on our walks in April. It’s one of the perennial ephemeral plants which appear and quickly fade in the early spring season. We have seen many areas where they cover the ground like a carpet -a fantastic sight.

Bird Sightings

Yesterday on our walk, we saw birds that have migrated back to our area. I’m not sure if bluebirds migrate or not, but the red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows do. I have a Nikon camera with a 200 zoom lens, and I’m still learning to take better pictures. My bird pictures turned out good from…

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

I woke early to be ready for our hike today and thought about mourning cloak butterflies. I looked it up and saw that they are the first butterflies to emerge from hibernation on warm days in late winter, early spring. While we were hiking, we came to an area where we have seen mourning cloaks…

Finding a Fawn

In 2019 we saw a fawn, and I had read that as long as they don’t look stressed or hurt, it’s ok to leave them alone. When small like the one in my photo, fawns lay down in a safe place hidden from predators, and the doe is usually nearby. If they look hurt or…

Spicebush – Native Shrub

In April 2019, we went camping at Raccoon Creek State Park to finish visiting all of the State Parks. We went to the wildflower preserve nearby and saw skunk cabbage, spring beauty, trout lily, and spicebush blooming. I just found out what spicebush looks like a few days ago. I remembered the picture I took,…

Skunk Cabbage Flower

Wildflower season has officially begun here in Eastern Pennsylvania. Today we adventured to middle creek wildlife management area to see skunk cabbage. I captured my first photo of the odd-looking flower.  It produces its own heat up to 70° F and grows when it’s still below freezing. Bees even use it to warm up on…

Mourning Doves

Something I noticed a few years ago is that the mourning doves start cooing in February, which I’m pretty sure is the beginning of the mating season for them. I love the sound they make and listening to it. Sometimes I see the doves rubbing their beaks together like they are kissing. We were walking…