Last Saturday the country boy in me ventured into a beautiful and magical forest, on the very western edge of Philadelphia. http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/
The Schuylkill Center was founded in 1965. It is a natural setting high above the Schuylkill river, with six miles of trails, a stream, big and small ponds, meadows and wetlands. I felt right at home.
Here are Jenny Laden, Associate Director of the Environmental Arts Program, and two of her colleagues, at the edge of the Pine Plantation.
A truly magical space amidst giant evergreens, with school children darting in and out of the sunlight and shadows.
I was reminded of my brothers and me building forts in the woods, on our farm.
But none as sheltering and secretive as this rustic log structure.
Another structure; a boat made of twigs, created by a Chinese artist.
Mother Nature contributed her own art forms. I will return to paint this giant.
In contrast are these gently colored flowers, meandering along the banks of "Smith Run", a stream flowing down through the forest to the Schuylkill river.
Here, deep into the woods, is "Wind Dance Pond."
A still-life, left in the night by Wood Sprites?
Not being a "Birder," I don't know what beauty left this feather in the middle of the trail.
A lizard frozen in time, eyeing the darting snake, on stones...
surrounding this mysterious pool. Steps leading up to...
the darkened interior of an abandoned Well House. Do Fairies dance within at night?
Perhaps an impatient "Shape-Shifter," awaiting nightfall...?
Only in my dreams.