Rising early this morning, I knew I had a busy day ahead of me with places to go and people to see. So I chose to start the day with a quiet walk in Chagrin River Park, and that, as Robert Frost might have said, made all the difference. Join me and take a look.
Two views of the fire pit. On this chilly morning…jacket weather, someone had come early to build the fire, well before I got there.
Before long, I had to leave the park and hurry off to begin my day. It was as full and busy as I had expected, but a glorious day for the end of September. Autumn was in the air!
Thanks for joining me today. Hope to see you soon.
What a gift it was to take a trail walk in the Holden Arboretum with my friend Lisa for the second week in a row. It is, without parallel, my favorite place to walk, and I have missed it this summer. As always, I took time to pause at Lotus Pond and capture a few shots of the golden willow tree (above).
From there we walked around Corning Lake where we were lucky to spot a cedar waxwing. I used to see the waxwings near the bridge in Chagrin River Park, but haven’t had a glimpse of them this summer, so I felt really blessed by this one that hung around, almost as if offering us a few photo opps. Isn’t he a beauty? A real gift!
Watch this place for a few more Arboretum pictures as I get time to post them. Hope you have enjoyed these.
On a sunny February afternoon, I found myself in the vicinity of North Chagrin Reservation with about a half-hour of free time on my hands. North Chagrin is part of the Emerald Necklace, the unofficial name for a network of parks that more or less circle the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the parks are interconnected. The timing and the weather for my visit were perfect for a short walk around Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond, where I captured these images:
North Chagrin Reservation is a 1700 acre wildlife sanctuary, and as you can see, I had a great day for my trail walk. The giant “snake,” located near the nature center, is a popular spot for capturing photos of the children who enjoy climbing on it and a pair of nearby equally large frogs. The trails around Sanctuary Marsh and Sunset Pond are easily accessible for visitors using walkers and wheelchairs, with other trails for cycling, in-line skating, and bike riding (no motorized vehicles allowed). If you are in the area, and seeking a place to enjoy outdoor recreation, North Chagrin is the place for you. Whether you’re considering a half-hour stroll or an all day hike on rugged terrain, you can find it here.
Hope you enjoyed our trail walk today. Thanks for joining me.
See you soon.
The second of three posts about last month’s trail walk with Michael
Our grandson Michael, a student at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, has spent the summer working on campus. Because Muncie is about five hours from home, we haven’t seen much of him this summer, so when he came home for a week in July, he and I grabbed our cameras and took a long anticipated trail walk in the Arboretum.
First we took the trail past the wildflower garden, circling Lotus Pond where we paused to take a few pictures of my favorite tree. Then we headed out to the Rhododendron Garden.
Entering the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden
The rhododendron garden is an amazing place, especially in June when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom, but whatever the season, it is a great place to wander with plenty of opportunities for photos. The entrance to the Canopy Walk is in this area, but I am saving that for the next post, so on this July morning we wandered in the garden for a while, where I captured these pictures.
Finally we headed back toward the visitors’ center for a visit to the butterfly garden. Apparently it was still too early in the summer for butterflies, but we saw other critters and some water lilies:
As I already said, I am saving the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower for my third and last post from this trail walk, so there’s still more to come from the Arboretum, but for now I’m going to stop. If you would like, you can hang out here in the butterfly garden for a little while longer. There’s always something interesting to see, and maybe some more butterflies will appear. However, we will see you tomorrow for a visit to the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower, so be sure to come back then.
Good morning trail walkers. The heat and humidity were both up this morning, so the light wasn’t very good when I reached the park at 7 am. However, the colors are more saturated as a result of the dew on the grass and mist in the air. Here are a few pictures I took along the river trail. Look closely and you will see the water droplets clinging to the grasses as we walk along the trail:
The pedestrian bridge is always a good place to start out. From there, I headed down the trail alongside the river where I took the next five pictures…
When I reached the steps leading down to the river that I call “the fishermen’s steps,” I spotted a great blue heron fishing for his breakfast. The pictures I got weren’t great because he was almost out of reach of my lens and I foolishly forgot to increase the shutter speed on my Nikon, ending up with a lot of motion blur, but I’m going to share them with you anyway because it was a pretty dramatic episode. Take a look at the five images in this slide show:
At that point, I had to leave the heron to his fishing because it was almost time for me to head home for breakfast, and I still hadn’t taken my morning walk. I really hadn’t done much except stroll down the trail and take pictures. As much fun as that is, it really doesn’t count as exercise, so I will cut down the trail through the bog. That will take me the long way back to my car in the parking lot, and if I’m lucky, the wren will be near her nest, and I can add her picture to this blog post.
Mrs. House Wren
We were lucky to see Mrs. Wren. She was singing loudly, but I almost didn’t spot her perched on a very shady branch. I hope you’ve enjoyed the trail walk this morning. I would love to hear if there was anything you especially enjoyed.
See you in a couple of days for another trail walk.
Hello friends. Several years ago, I created this blog by combining three of my favorite activities…
I named it Seen Along the Trail because most of the posts will be about the sights I see and the people I meet on my trail walks in local parks. If you enjoy the outdoors as much as I do, I hope you will follow my blog and become a trail walker too. I will add new posts on Tuesday, Thursday, and at least once on the weekend. Please leave comments or “like” the posts you enjoy, so I will know you have been walking the trails with me. I’m looking forward to your visits!
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I sign my blog posts “Trail Walker,” but my friends call me Carolyn or Skip. I hope you will too. If you want to know more, you can read my full profile here.
I took the picture at the top of this page along the trail in Chagrin River Park on July 5, 2016.
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Although some of these pictures were taken on my last winter trail walks, others were taken today, and believe it or not, today is the first day of spring. The past week has been a time of transition between the two seasons. However, even though today is the first official day of spring, all these scenes look (and felt) pretty wintry. However slight, there are some signs of spring, but it definitely doesn’t have anything to do with warmer temperatures. Gloves, hats, and hand warmers were a necessity today. It was a very cold day in my opinion. Cold and with a stiff breeze. If you can’t identify the spring pictures, just click on the gallery and scroll through them. I’ve labeled them by season.
Red-bellied woodpecker: winter
Red-bellied woodpecker: winter
Mallards sitting in the sun: winter
Spring dog walker
Sleeping hill stairs in spring
Pedestrian bridge: spring
Tufted titmouse: winter
Winter or spring, I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Up here, on the south shore of Lake Erie, spring is a reluctant season, a late bloomer, you might say. Spring is hard to recognize from these pictures. I’m hoping we’ll get some warmer weather soon, so the daffodils and other spring flowers will begin to bloom.
Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you enjoyed the “walk.”
So many deer were walking the trails in Chagrin River Park today, it reminded me of a school playground at recess time…recess for a large class of does, bucks, and fawns, although the fawns are getting pretty big by now, and the only buck in the class is a young fella just growing his antlers. Take a look at them. I don’t have captions on the pictures tonight, so I will have to do that tomorrow. Meanwhile, enjoy the class picture:
Three does in different sizes.
Just two of the 15 or so deer I encountered on the trail
Piebald deer, so named for the patches of color
A very young one
Snowy nose from looking for food in the snow
A young buck challenged me on the trail, but ran when I steps forward.
And finally: Here’s a persistent deer that was walking in my direction and didn’t know when to stop. She definitely invaded my space, but she wasn’t aggressive. Definitely assertive, but not aggressive. I am sure she thought I had food for her, but I didn’t. She was disappointed when I waved her off and walked away.
I wonder if she is part of the herd that comes out of the park at night to visit my back yard bird feeders? Now that there is snow on the ground, they come every night and polish off whatever food the birds didn’t eat during the day.
It’s really neat to live practically next door to this beautiful park, but I do wish the deer would respect the park boundaries. However, I’m not going to hold my breath while I wait for that to happen.