This month has been abnormally rainy and cool for this part of the world. It hasn’t felt much like July at all. Sunny days are few and far between. Although the days are dreary more often than not, the excessive rains created lush landscapes throughout the area as evidenced by the following photographs. These photos were taken this morning. I was pretty much alone as I walked through the meadow and along a paved trail to Sunset Pond. Although the sky was overcast I was able to get a few good shots. Regardless the weather, North Chagrin Reservation remains one of my favorite places to “get lost” in.
It is hard to believe that this month marks the mid-point of the year. The official start of summer (for those in the northern hemisphere) is just a few days away. North Chagrin Reservation seemingly burst into a lively, lush, and beautiful “Gan Eden” (Garden of Eden) overnight, coming after a long, bitter-cold winter. This continues to be the place I escape to when my work day ends in the city and I need to recharge my battery. The sounds of nature abound — birds chirping, bees buzzing, water rippling, breeze rustling, crickets chirping. Did I miss anything? I wish I had the capacity to add the accompanying sounds for each of the photos in this month’s portfolio. Alas you will have to use your imagination. At any rate, I hope that these images do justice to this special place.
This is the month when North Chagrin Reservation morphed into a lush garden. You will see in the early part of the month things have thawed but the trees are not yet in full foliage. But today, even though the clouds gathered and the rain fell, the splendor of this place was in full bloom! This month’s portfolio depicts the transformation from very early spring to the full-blown season. And by the way, I didn’t count the number of photos I am posting so forgive me if I exceed the suggested limit. It’s just that everything is so lively and beautiful now. 🙂
It finally began to feel like spring this month! When I first began shooting photos for this post there was still thin ice on the ponds, which you will notice in these pics. But as the month progressed and the weather warmed, the ice melted, migratory birds returned, and spirits soared. My biggest excitement thus far was the return of the Great Blue Heron! There were also flowers that bloomed and buds on trees. Spring is finally HERE!
We spent the first days of Passover with friends in Pennsylvania, which is why I have not been posting daily photos. This photo was shot during the morning hours on the day we drove to our friends’ home.
I’ve posted on Facebook but got behind with my blogging. This will catch me up with the challenge. Enjoy!