Earlier this year I mentioned that me & Hubby were trying to make healthier life choices. We haven’t given up on that resolution either. In fact we’ve been actively achieving these goals slowly by cutting out the processed food and getting plenty of exercise weekly. We found another wonderful place to walk that is a short drive from the house. It’s a nature preserve smack in the middle of the city. The paths have been gently carved out in these wooded acres to make a 5 mile hike that is enjoyable as well. This week I remembered my camera to capture some of the sights along the way to share with all of you. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
The amount of wildlife that call this nature preserve home is astounding. Here’s just a few of the residents that happily live in these woods. I know the shot of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a bit blurry. He was flitting around like crazy before he landed in this deeply shaded spot.
Here’s some shots of the local vegetation. From upper L-R across & down are: some type of Thistle, Gooseneck Loosestrife growing near water, an unknown wildflower, a gully of Swordferns, and a mass of Hellebores. I also saw huge patches of Mayapples that had gone to fruit as well as trees & shrubs like Dogwoods and Azaleas. For more information about this wonderful area you can click here.