|My favorite azalea at the Jenkins Arboretum|
Actually, the great "weekend" began one day earlier. As I was scooping birdseed from my storage can in preparation for filling my feeder early on Friday morning, I heard a terrific "thwump" on the window behind me and knew instantly from that sickening sound that a bird had flown into the window. I thought it was probably one of the Blue Jays that had been at the feeder a minute earlier fleeing from a hawk. But no, it was an Ovenbird, an aberrant warbler that looks like a tiny thrush. Fortunately, the bird was just stunned (and not killed) from the impact, which allowed me to gently lift it off the ground and give it a good inspection - including the orange cap that is almost never visible in the field. I placed the bird back on the ground and 15 minutes later, when I went outside again, it flew off.
|Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus) Image courtesy of Audubon|
|Azalea and Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)|
|I liked the contrast of the delicate young maidenhair ferns over the strap-like trout-lily leaves|
|Along a path|
|Trillium grandiflorum (Large-flowered Trillium)|
|I liked the contrast between the dark, coarse bark and the delicate pink flowers|