Category Archives: Nature

Brightside Garden

We live in a beautiful area of Chester County, Charlestown Township.  There is a community garden at Brightside Farm, and for a nominal fee, residents can get a plot that has rich soil, plenty of sunshine and water. It is a … Continue reading

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Wooden Canoe Assembly

There is no display of  canoes that can rival the abundance of elegant, historic and finely crafted wooden canoes as there is at the annual Assembly of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association. Every summer, about 300 canoe enthusiasts and family members gather … Continue reading

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Pine Barrens

Home of the Jersey Devil, cranberry bogs, and some of the best canoeing rivers, the Pine Barrens in South Jersey is one of the most sparsely populated areas and the largest body of open space between Richmond and Boston.  This heavily forested … Continue reading

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Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower preserve

There is a peaceful trail along a creek in the woods in southern Lancaster County that comes alive with color every spring.  Shenk’s Ferry wildflower sanctuary is quite impressive, boasting more than 70 species of wildflowers that bloom each spring.  … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom Festival

One hundred years ago, three thousand flowering cherry trees were planted on the National Mall as a gift from Japan to America. The Cherry Blossom Festival began in 1935 and now attracts more than a million visitors and is one … Continue reading

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Spring Peepers

So many signs of spring, but our favorite is a sound, not a sight.  Sometime in March, swampy areas come alive with the unmistakable sound of spring peepers.  How can such a small  frog make such a loud noise?  And then … Continue reading

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Middle Creek Snow Geese

Sometime before sunset, 65,000 snow geese spread their wings in unison and lift off the cornfields into the air to swirl in the sky and eventually land on the lake for the night.  First you hear a low rumble which … Continue reading

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