288: Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Way back in the beginning of May, M and I took a trip out to New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  While we were in Pennsylvania, we spent a morning hiking in Lancaster County.  One of the areas where we hiked was Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve.  The main wildflower trail is approximately one mile long, and an easy hike.  One could probably hike it fairly quickly if one didn’t want to stop, look at, and photograph all the flowers.

I would love to live near Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve.  It is the kind of place I would explore over and over and over again, from the early spring through the late autumn months.

According to the website, there are at least 73 varieties of wildflowers that bloom during the spring months, and another 60 varieties blooming during the summer and fall.

We missed a lot of the flowers I would like to have seen.  The Virginia bluebells, for instance.  There were a few stragglers here and there, but most of them were finished for the season.

I’ll leave you with two more photos in this scheduled post.  I have another post scheduled for tomorrow with more photos from this hike.  M and I, if all is going well, should be spending the day at an amusement park with our granddaughters and their parents.

From Yesterday’s Fun

I have a little time this evening (Thursday) so I thought I’d add a photo or two from the aviary we spent some time in today.  (Side note:  All this time travel between the past of the scheduled post, the present of now, and the future suggested in the scheduled post is confusing the heck out of me.  lol!)

That photo kind of reminds me of a perfume or clothing ad, the kind where you’re not sure what it is they’re advertising and there’s always someone facing sideways in the background.  The two birds in the foreground were grooming each other.

This guy or gal was molting, and rather strange looking from the front since it has a bare chest.  We saw a lot of birds today, including penguins, flamingos, eagles, and some of the most beautiful owls I’ve ever seen.  I could spend days visiting with the owls.  And the penguins.  And the flamingos.  The penguins at the aviary don’t look nearly as depressed as the penguins we saw recently at the zoo.  They were swimming, playing, feeding, and a few were molting.

It was a great day.  I took a ton of photos.  At the rate I’m going, it will be next summer before I get to go through them.  Nah, I’m kidding.  Winter will roll around soon enough and I’m sure life will start to slow down a bit then.  😉

28 Comments on “288: Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve”

  1. Rose Ribbon says:

    Gorgeous photos! I love your work! I just started my own blog, and I think we have a lot in common… so I just subscribed! Thanks! ~Pam

  2. judithhb says:

    Great photos as always – but I thought when I read the title that you were going to give us a recipe for wild flower preserve.
    What a strange language is English. So many words have more than one meaning. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      English is indeed a strange (and funny) language. Even the spelling can differ between the various versions.

      Thank you, Judith. 🙂

  3. Eden says:

    Looks like a lovely place Robin 🙂

  4. Christine Grote says:

    I hope you had a great trip. Way to keep up with your post commitment.

  5. I love wildflowers, but those birds are so damn cute! Hope you’re enjoying time with your family!

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  7. Hallysann says:

    Lovely pictures again, the birds are beautiful 🙂

  8. Kathy says:

    Ooooo! Look at that yellow bird. I strangely like him or her, molting or not. Looks like a fun day!

    • Robin says:

      Same here, Kathy. There was an interesting vulnerability about the molting yellow bird. I’ll post the photos I took from the front sometime soon.

  9. penpusherpen says:

    Have a great time with your grandchildren Robin, hope it all goes to plan. and it was lovely to walk through the Wildflower Preserve with you, (breathe in deeply and I feel I’m there) xPenx

  10. carlaat says:

    Love the wildflowers and your description of the bird photo!

  11. Marianne says:

    Robin, all the photos are really lovely. I noticed in the first photo that the blue sky is reflected in the creek. It looks stunning. The birds are really cute. Have a great time at the amusement park. My son is at Cedar Point this weekend with his friends.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marianne. You must be looking closely if you noticed that reflection. 🙂

      Would you believe I have never been to Cedar Point? It’s not all that far from where I live (the drive is about an hour or two, I think). I’m not a big fan of amusement parks, but I really ought to go someday. My husband and sons have all been there.

  12. ElizOF says:

    Gorgeous photography. My fav are the grooming birds… it does look like the perfect ad copy for something exotic. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Doesn’t it, Elizabeth? Especially with the bird in the background, staring off into the distance. He’s so colorful and dignified. 🙂

  13. I love the colors and the soft dreaminess of the second shot. Great capture!

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  15. Dana says:

    I’m finally getting around to reading and (hopefully) commenting on some older posts! A wildflower preserve sounds just wonderful– like a wildlife sanctuary, only with flora instead of fauna. Can’t wait to scroll through some other posts from the post-a-day challenge. I’ve got all your summer posts still waiting in my inbox to be read! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Yikes, Dana! That’s a lot of posts! Why not start from today? I don’t know that it’s worth going back through all of those posts. On the other hand, if you’re having fun, go for it. 🙂

      I like the idea of wildflower preserve too.

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