Last Sunday (May 5) was my birthday; let's just leave it at that. Kali said that she hadn't planned anything special for me, so she said I could choose the venue for a hike. Though it's hardly a hike (the paths total only 1.2 miles), I chose to go to Jenkins Arboretum to enjoy the splendor of spring. The arboretum is renown for its impressive collection of azaleas and rhododendrons (mostly non-natives), but the masses of flowering shrubs are overwhelmingly beautiful nonetheless, so we visit in early May each spring.
|Along one of the paths|
|White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)|
|A study in orange and magenta|
|In a shaft of sunlight|
A small stream flows along the western edge of the arboretum. The heavily shaded hillside above the rill is dedicated to deep woods, moisture loving wildflowers and ferns.
|Kali and the birthday boy|
Oh, and did I mention that this wonderland is open to the public without charge?