During the long, cruel winter, caregivers in my region wore themselves out. Thank goodness we live in a place that spoils us with abundant spring beauty. Here are some gifts of the season found Between the Pond and the Woods.
Other places in Pennsylvania warm up early and their plants are way ahead of ours. This region — the Poconos — lies at a higher altitude. Flowers open later here. We’re just beginning to see daffodils and hyacinths.
Even the trees around here take their time pushing leaves out. Weeping willows (above) are the first to show some green. But the woods in Hickory Run State Park (below) still look pretty bare.
The winter freeze and thaw cycle was unrelenting. It uprooted many trees in our forests. You can see, above, how the roots of the tree lost their hold in the earth and just gave up. Don’t follow their example. Reach for the things that give you strength and hold on!
When trout season arrives, fishermen approach their hobby with great focus and lots of equipment. Anglers love the Lehigh River and its tributaries. This photo was taken along the banks of the Lehigh Gorge Trail. Our streams are running fast with spring rain and snow melt. Fish and fishermen are pleased.
All these little signs of beauty help restore my sense of optimism. Being a caregiver can drain my strength. But nature is a great healer, especially at this time of year. If you can’t get out for a walk yourself, I hope you get a little boost from these photos.