We spent the afternoon visiting a couple of fun places: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which includes a 10 acre pond and more than four miles of trails that wind through a variety of habitats used by birds and other wildlife. Our time was limited and the wind was cold, so we just spent a little time in the beautiful, recently modernized building, which has a wonderful viewing area of the pond and feeding area, as well as displays, exhibits and a neat gift shop.
The geese that I tried (and failed) to get a photo of for the previous post are the same as these handsome birds. We see and hear flocks of them on the river below our farm.
The area is called Sapsucker Woods
Beautiful Helleborus - Lenten Rose
Next we revisited the Cornell Plantations where Kylie and Ko were married in September of last year. What a vast difference between then and now! (you can see photos taken in September of 2006 if you click the link) In September the gardens were in full and colorful bloom, but now they are stripped right back to the dirt, with just a few spring bulbs poking through. Very little was blooming but they had a wonderful collection of lovely Hellebores.
This was the first time I've ever seen Hellebores other than in pictures! I've read about them for years, and seen wonderful pictures of them on Sigrun's and Claire's blogs, but have never grown them. They're now on my "must have" list! Of course I took several photos, so I may post more later on, along with some pictures of the gardens looking very bare. There were several lovely colors (pinks, deep reds and white). They sure are hard to photograph with their pretty downturned faces.
Winter Aconite - Eranthis hyemalis
This is another flower I've never seen before. I photographed this batch growing near the cute little place that Kathy, our youngest, has just moved into, but they also had it growing at The Plantations.
"Jenny" - The Curtiss JN-4
Our destination was the Glenn Curtiss Museum, a place my husband has been anxious to explore.
1930 Harley Davidson
This old Harley made us think of Sandy of Abandoned in Pasadena, and her husband Jimmy. So this photo is especially for them :)
Then it was on to our son and DIL's to stay overnight and spend a little time with those precious grandsons. Ross has been busy over the winter months constructing some wooden toys for them. He made a big tractor trailor, complete with a bulldozer to haul around, and also a couple of smaller semi-trailors, a small truck and a car. The boys were thrilled with their new toys.
My sneaky husband surprised me with a new toy too! Earlier in the week he surrepticiously asked Andrew to shop online for him, and they strung me along for a while, telling me Andrew had bought himself a new camera. Finally Ross confessed that he'd bought the camera as an anniversary present for me. I was speechless...but only for a few minutes :) Oh boy, am I going to have fun with that!
Have a lovely Easter everyone!