Last Saturday morning (April 21), Kali and I took a 1.5-hour walk along "my" creek, but several miles downstream of "my" natural area. This section of the creek flows through public parkland, and is paralleled by a well-used and popular bike path.
How about that name? Azaleas belong to the genus Rhododendron, and periclymenoides means honeysuckle-like. But pinxter-bloom? Because it’s pink? According to the Sierra Club Potomac Hiker's Handbook:
The term is of Dutch origin, a shortened form of Pinxter blomachee, which translates roughly as 'blossoming on the Pentecost.' The Dutch settlers of the Hudson River valley noted that the flower reached full bloom near the date of this important Christian festival.We descended the other side of the knoll and continued our walk, crossing to the opposite side of the creek on a very busy road bridge high above the stream. We decided to return on the opposite (non-bike path) side of the creek. While there's no paved path, there is still a well-used footpath along the creek. Nevertheless, we startled a female Canada goose who was sitting on her nest full of eggs less than two feet off the trail and three feet above the water.
A view upstream from the bridge