I can’t remember the first time I saw the bluebells in the woods at Allerton Park. My birthday is in the middle of April. I try to spend it outside. It can be rainy, windy, and cold in April in the Midwest. It can also be 70s and sunny. I used to live an easy drive from Allerton Park which is just south of Interstate 72 in central Illinois. One birthday, I visited the park and walked the path through the woods west of the formal gardens.
What I found were bluebells as far as the eye could see: up the hill to the north and into the woods to the south. I was spell-bound. It is one of my all time favorite memories. I moved away from the area a while back. Last winter, I kept thinking of the bluebells and how nice it would be to see them again. I checked the driving distance. It was doable. I watched the weather.
On April 14th, I drove to central Illinois and spent the next two days visiting the park. The weather was warm and sunny. The experience was magical. It felt like the air was full of sparkling happiness and I was floating in it. It was a beautiful start to the spring and the new year.
The photos from the visit are divided into two parts. The ones in today’s post are from April 15, 2016. The April 16, 2016 collection will be in a post next Sunday (March 5th, 2017).
Take care and thanks for reading.