Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mount Minsi, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania

Today was a hot and humid day to climb Mount Minsi in the Delaware Water Gap. We kept to shaded trails and drank plenty of water, and the occasional breeze was a welcome treat!

We are in the midst of cicada season, and the woods sounded alive with buzzing and humming! We saw cicadas everywhere, a phenomenon not to be repeated for seventeen years.

A pretty pond covered in lilies..

The rhododendrons were just starting to bloom. Every once in a while we came upon a perfect blossom.

Our first overlook and glimpse of the Delaware River below.

Wild roses.

The mountain laurel were beautiful this time of year.

Mount Tammany

Beautiful mountain laurel along the trail

Delicate white blossoms

The Delaware river below

Another overlook


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

This weekend was one of the warmest of the year so far, a perfect time for some exploration of wooded trails along bubbling creeks in the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust in Montgomery County.

A pretty pond

Exploring under bridges along the creek

Wooded trails

A gently flowing creek bubbling over rocks

This looks like a perfect place to relax

An old cemetery tucked in the woods

Not far away is the Glencairn Museum.

We had some cold iced tea and refreshed ourselves looking at the beautiful artwork and stained glass.

The Bryn Athyn Cathedral is nearby.

Beautiful flower gardens surround the cathedral.

Walking along the grounds.

The altar is enshrouded in a cooling blue light from the stained glass windows.

A cathedral has plenty of keys!

Sculpted shrubbery in the garden


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