Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Gay City State Park

 I've had the opportunity to choose my Mothers' Day gift. Even though we moved into a forty-five year old house, there are no perennial flower beds, just foundations plantings of azaleas, rhododendrons and junipers. I am eager to start some flower beds and have four, 4x4 cedar raised beds ready to go. My gift is a load of mulch and a load of mixed compost and topsoil. Oh, happy gardening-days-to-come. You may think that is like getting a washing machine for Christmas, but I assure you, this gift will make me very happy. Throw in a little fertilizer and I am a contented woman. Thanks to my daughter and son-in-law for this lovely gift!

On the way home from the landscaping place, we decided to check out Gay City State Park. What a find! Water, wildlife, serenity and place to sit and enjoy it all. It was a warm sunny day. While the "kids" went to explore the dam,  Mr. B sat and turned his face to the sun, and I wandered down a path with my camera and monopod, feeling quite like a professional photographer. That is until I was almost run over by a dog on a leash that seemed to be pulling a man on a bike. After I recovered and quite was restored, this squirrel came through the woods and stopped to rest.

 In this close up you can see the dirt on his nose. Don't you think he had just dug up the nut?

There were wet areas along the creek and they were full of skunk cabbage. Reading about skunk cabbage, I learned the plant can generate heat which allows it to push its way up through the frozen earth.  Next spring I'm going to start looking for it earlier so I can see the bloom which is inside the spathe, the first part to push up.

Don't you love the way the leaves look with the sun shining through them? I like to look up close and see the details like the veins in the leaves.

Gay City State Park is in Hebron, Connecticut. According to Wikipedia it includes the remnants of an 18th century mill town which was named after the Gay family, who made up a large part of its residents. The Blackledge River flows through the park and there is a dammed pond. The extensive trail system links to other parks.

In my next post I will show you more pictures taken in the park.


Deanna said...

That park looks lovely. And your squirrel pictures are wonderful. I took mine from the kitchen window. You did it the right way! I have a monopod for my camera too and I love it.

I would have been exstatic with your mother's day gift. Awesome! Can't wait to see pictures of your gardens.


Linda said...

I just love your photos. The biker should have warned you. Great gift. Linda

Piecefulafternoon said...

Wonderful photos. Skunk cabbage is one of my favorite early spring flowers. Growing up in Southeast Alaska we had plenty of it - sometimes teh leaves were up to 4 feet tall. I had never smelled a skunk and didn't know that I was supposed to hate the smell of the skunk cabbage - when we moved to the "states" I smelled a skunk and liked the scent - although not if it was too close.

Enjoy your wonderful gift.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Happy Mother's Day to you"! That is a wonderful gift...I LOVE gifts that we REALLY can "Sink our shovels into", hehe!!! Gay City State Park looks beautiful, I never heard of it "SO I googled it". It's amazing how small our little state IS yet there are SO MANY areas I don't know. Thank you for the information about it...Your little squirrel is SO CUTE with his nut!!!I take the skunk cabbage for granted, because I always look for the Jack-in the pulpits that are usually near it,LOVE THEM!!!
Have a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend,

Emreen said...

Lovely shots... Mr.squirrel looks sooo cute with the dirt on his nose... !!