Wednesday, April 18, 2018
“Our spring has come at last with the soft laughter of April suns and shadow of April showers.”
~ Byron Caldwell SmithAfter soaring temperatures into the 80s in mid-April spurred it to bloom, my favorite pink magnolia tree still looks beautiful just after a cold spring rain at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 9, 2018
“For the winter is passed. The rain is over and gone. The flowers are springing up. And the time of the singing of the birds has come.”
~ Song of Solomon 2: 11-12
The first breaking bud of the season on my favorite pink magnolia tree shows off its beauty on an early April evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
“A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell …
But when I looked upon the bank
My wandering glances fell
Upon a little trembling flower,
A single sweet bluebell …
O, that lone flower recalled to me
My happy childhood’s hours
When bluebells seemed like fairy gifts
A prize among the flowers,
Those sunny days of merriment
When heart and soul were free,
And when I dwelt with kindred hearts
That loved and cared for me …”
~ “The Bluebell”
This little girl touches the beguiling bluebells blooming in early April near the banks of the Swabia Creek at Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum, Alburtis, Pennsylvania in this candid capture.
The blooming of the multitude of Lock Ridge bluebells – also called grape hyacinth – is a clarion call of spring in the Lehigh Valley, drawing many people to photograph and glimpse their beauty in the span of the few weeks they bloom.
Lock Ridge Park is a park built around an historic iron ore blast furnace just outside Alburtis, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley. The park preserves portions of the former Lock Ridge Iron Works, which dates back to 1868. The 59-acre park was opened in August 1976.