The sun shown early this morning through the cracks in the window shade. No time for a second cup of coffee because photographing in the morning light waits for no one. You can experience the outcome in the slideshow.
First, a crowd of bicyclists were assembled at Washington Blvd. and Glebe Road, heading in the easterly direction.
A panhandler was already at his post on the corner. Hobos are still living in Ballston Pond. Those are the negative distractions to be ignored.
Turkey Run gates weren’t open as that was the planned first stop. A herd of deer bolted through the woods before I could turn on the camera. That is the second time in a week that this group escaped me.
With the park not yet open, I went to Potomac Overlook where local residents are there at the crack of dawn with dogs on leashes. They are following the rules as the park rangers are enforcing all of the rules. A pack of dogs drove deer over the cliff to their death in the late winter, and that prompted stronger enforcement.
The azaleas are now in bloom at the entrance to Potomac Overlook. They are splendid and have not yet peaked. The crabapple trees in the grove are in full bloom.
Jack-in-the-pulpits are up. Raspberry bushes are blooming.
Walking along the trail I could see deer prints. I also observed an unusual print that was not a dog, and something larger. This is the vicinity in which I observed and reported bear scat last year. Yes, it is possible that a bear is wandering in the area as they can enter through a drain that passes under the George Washington Parkway. There is no official sightings or reports, and this only suggesting the possibility in spring.
An artist remarked that there seems to be as much color in the trees in the spring as there is in the autumn. That surely seems to be the case.
The dogwoods are just amazing as well as the redbud trees.
“In the Potomac Palisades in north Arlington, Potomac Overlook offers 70 acres of peaceful woodland, trails, educational gardens, a small picnic area and a Nature Center. The Nature Center features brand new exhibits called the “Energerium”, offering visitors a fun and accessible way to learn energy basics and ways they can help create sustainable energy solutions. The displays blend lessons from ecology, Earth Science, physics, chemistry and other topics in clear, understandable ways. The Nature Center also houses live animals and natural history exhibits and is the office for NVRPA’s naturalist staff.”