The air temperature reached 91 degrees yesterday. I decided to return to the Arboretum in the late afternoon. I felt the need for an infusion of fresh air to drive out the remaining chill of winter and the tension it caused in my mind and my body. I wanted to be in the sun and be hot enough to sweat standing still. It was windy yesterday like it was on Sunday. Storms are going to pass through later today and the temperature will drop. The flowers on the Crabapple trees were just starting to open.
I walked down the wooden pathway in the Shade Garden and sat for a while. A Cardinal flew in to drink at the stream. I wasn’t quick enough to take his picture. Later, a few goldfinches arrived. One perched on a tree branch and the others drank from the stream. They didn’t stay long.
After sitting for a while in the Shade Garden, I walked through the part of the Arboretum I missed on Sunday. My car was parked in the parking lot across the road near the entrance to the woodland paths. I stopped at the car for some water and then walked on one of the woodland paths. I saw a bluebird. There were wildflowers mixed in with the fallen leaves. If the weather is nice on Sunday morning, I am planning on going back to walk the rest of the woodland paths and see if the other Crabapple trees have blossomed.
Take care and thanks for reading.