Saturday, March 29, 2008


Bobby & I went for a drive this afternoon and admired all of the dogwoods blooming. They are absolutely at their peak. If you want to see a proverbial sea of dogwoods, you should drive through Lanfair neighborhood. There are literally ten or more in almost every yard in the neighborhood. It is like driving though an orchard of cotton tipped trees.

My friend, "The Hummingbird", has shown up. The hummingbirds send out scouts that come ahead of the large flocks that should arrive within 2 to 3 weeks. The first bird appeared a couple of days ago and I immediately put out my feeder. I saw him on the feeder today and he is SO SMALL. After flying all of those hundreds of miles, there is no reserve left on this the tiniest of birds. It is truly a wonder to think about these tiny birds, whose nest is the size of a quarter, fly hundreds of miles from their winter homes in South America. I would love to see that sight for myself.

The wisteria vines are in full bloom in many of the area trees. The wonderful thing about wisteria, besides the fact that it is beautiful, is the smell. Wisteria smells like Spring. A sweet smell that permeates the air when you happen by. It is always a delight to be out for a run and happen upon a tree covered by the delightful vine. You smell the flower before you see it and the scent follows long after you have passed the beautiful sight.
Larry, Susan, Mona & I ran this AM. I am thankful I had already done my weekly long run, so only 5 miles this AM. Mona has been out of action for a while and has the crud I had last week, so we went really SLOW and walked the hills. Just glad to get the exercise in.


Deb said...

I love the wisteria too but one thing I miss about the spring in PA is lilacs. I love the smell of lilacs....but then they don't have the other beautiful flowers we have it is even steven.

Hummingbirds are an inspiration for sure! True miracles!

the Jennings secede from the South said...

Send those hummingbirds up here!

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Isn't it amazing about those birds!!! Same way with the butterflies......they fly to mexico to the same place every year. AMAZES me.....and we need maps, mapquest, and gps devices and the occasional gas station to get us to a restaurant.

Anonymous said...

I have lots of hummingbirds too. Last year while sitting by the pool, one landed on my toe! Kinda tickled.