As soon as we pulled into Fort Hill's picnic area I knew we were in for a treat. Flowers were blooming in every corner, on every hillside and between the stones on the way to the shelter house.
I joined the slower group knowing I wanted to take as many pictures as possible (accomplished!) and not worry about holding up our hiking friends who move at a breakneck pace. Our group included a few new faces including a few who were as excited to see what was in bloom as I was. It was great having extra sets of eyes scanning the woods for new flowers.
As we hiked along, enjoying the flowers and meeting new friends, Darryl shared with us the history of the land and its people.
Here I have included a very small sampling of my photos.
Before we stepped foot on the trail, which started with one heck of a long trek up a hill, this beauty was blooming in abundance. The anticipation of what we would find propelled us up the hill in good time.
Fellow hikers make their way along the meandering woodland path. Blankets of spring flowers, saplings and trees leafing out made for a beautiful walk.
Throughout the woods, thick stands of Mayapples could be found.
Violets carpeted the landscape. Trilliums, wild geraniums, Jack-in-the Pulpits are just a few of the flowers that awaited us. And, from time-to-time, it was wise to glance up for even the trees were in bloom.Fort Hill offers more than a botanical wonderland, it is also the home of spectacular rock outcroppings and arches. It takes a sharp eye to spy the arches in the summer.
Clinging to the rock ledges and rock face were ferns, Columbines, Miterwort, Hepatica and much more.
Iris and Trilliums add a bit of grace and elegance to the woods.