February 8, 2009

February Thaw

Just in the nick of time for those crazed by cabin fever, the sun came out and the southerly breezes blew, and we got outside for a ramble. No deep woods hiking, because of the lingering ice and muck, but a return to the Pequea Silver Mine Park, where some paved paths made for easier and safer walking.

There are several truly magnificent sycamores there, which always look their best with bare branches and bright sun, above. I also spotted a small clump of river birches, with fabulous bark texture:
There was a smattering of waterfowl; it seems the larger flocks are already on the move, but these stragglers (or permanent residents) were enjoying the open water as the ice recedes:

I like the sweeping curve of the ice in this picture, with the angular contrast of the red barn in the background:

After the walk, we stopped at the nearby Springhouse Brewery for a tasting and a growler of their delicious limited edition Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout, made with locally produced Wilbur Chocolate.

A good day, and a good way to shake off the winter doldrums.

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