|Kali on the Rim Trail|
In practice, the reality was a bit different. Getting Kali out of bed on a weekend when she isn't obligated to get up early is virtually impossible. The farm was only open until 3 p.m., and because we might buy some meat at the farm, we had to go for the hike first. (If we had hiked after visiting the farm, the meat would have sat in the hot car.) So, I had to roust Kali to get on the road at a reasonable hour, and finally managed to do so about 9 a.m.
After breakfast, we set off for Hibernia County Park, a Chester County, Pennsylvania park. The park was an old estate along the West Branch of the fabled Brandywine Creek, the stream most often associated with the Wyeth family of painters who lived and worked along its banks. We had not previously visited Hibernia, and hiked three miles along a route recommended by a "best hikes near Philadelphia" guidebook.
|West Branch Brandywine Creek|
|Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) fruit ready for southbound avian migrants|
|I'm lichen this image|
|Mantis on an Eastern Bluebird nest box|
|Flyfishing the Brandywine Creek|
|Kali outside the Wyebrook Farm barn|
|This beautiful stone farmhouse is adjacent to the barn|
|A Monarch - alas, none too common this year|
|Hints of late summer and early autumn along a farm road|
|Destined for the butcher, but enjoying a free-roaming life for now|
|A pond on the property|