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Mousetoescamper

(3,924 posts)
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 10:41 AM Apr 14

Saturday in the park (cherry blossoms, bluebells, and a snake-dangling hawk!)

Yesterday was ideal for taking a camera for a walk around Lancaster County Central Park--544 acres of natural beauty located on the southern edge of Lancaster City, PA.









Lancaster’s tallest structures—The Griest Building (192 feet) and The Marriott (210 feet)—can be seen from atop the highest point in the park.






























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Saturday in the park (cherry blossoms, bluebells, and a snake-dangling hawk!) (Original Post) Mousetoescamper Apr 14 OP
Beautiful shots. Do you know what kind of tree that is with the thorns? flying_wahini Apr 14 #1
Thanks! Honey locust. Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #4
We have a couple of those thorn trees, gotta be careful riding your bike around them Walleye Apr 14 #9
Looks to me like a honey locust Goonch Apr 14 #6
its a thorney subject. AllaN01Bear Apr 14 #7
Chiming bells, bleeding hearts, & three budding trees, oh my! CrispyQ Apr 14 #2
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #5
Where we live in Oregon, the flowering trees are EVERYWHERE. calimary Apr 14 #22
Sounds pretty! I wish I could see it. -nt CrispyQ Apr 14 #27
What we have here is an abundant display of Spring at her finest! Thank you, my dear Mousetoescamper! CaliforniaPeggy Apr 14 #3
Thanks and you're welcome! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #11
ohm myyy AllaN01Bear Apr 14 #8
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #12
A little bit of everything and I enjoyed the camera walk. 🙏 Deuxcents Apr 14 #10
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #13
Bluebells--wonderful! Bayard Apr 14 #14
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #17
Thank you for these beautiful super-clear pictures. people Apr 14 #15
Thanks and you're welcome! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #18
Enjoying these JudyM Apr 14 #16
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #19
Even better, what a novel surprise on closer look. JudyM Apr 14 #23
Wonderful collection! pandr32 Apr 14 #20
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #24
I love Lancaster! Thanks so much for sharing this. ❤️ littlemissmartypants Apr 14 #21
Thanks and you're welcome! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #25
Fantastic photos wendyb-NC Apr 14 #26
Thanks and you're welcome! Mousetoescamper Apr 14 #28
Great catch with the Hawk HAB911 Apr 15 #29
Thanks! Mousetoescamper Apr 15 #30
lol HAB911 Apr 15 #31

flying_wahini

(6,884 posts)
1. Beautiful shots. Do you know what kind of tree that is with the thorns?
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 10:45 AM
Apr 14

Looks mighty dangerous. Kind of similar to mesquite trees in Texas with those thorns.

CrispyQ

(36,819 posts)
2. Chiming bells, bleeding hearts, & three budding trees, oh my!
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 10:47 AM
Apr 14

I feel like I just went on a hike! Such a nice break from working at the computer!

The tree photo is especially nice, IMO.


calimary

(82,069 posts)
22. Where we live in Oregon, the flowering trees are EVERYWHERE.
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 01:32 PM
Apr 14

Just EVERYWHERE! Along the streets and sidewalks, in the parking lots, in every neighborhood, the whole area is awash in white, pale and bright yellow, red, rouge and burgundy, every color of pink and every color of purple. It’s absolutely intoxicating!

I don’t know why, but this Spring, it seems to be much more intense and widespread. Whatever! I’m LOVE-LOVE-LOVING it!!!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,360 posts)
3. What we have here is an abundant display of Spring at her finest! Thank you, my dear Mousetoescamper!
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 10:54 AM
Apr 14

That big park has a lot of variety, and most of it is blooming!

Every shot is great.

The Bleeding Heart flowers are stunning with the stone wall or whatever it is behind them! Wonderful composition.

Love the trail through the trees. Seeing it winding away makes me wonder what's around the bend?

Mousetoescamper

(3,924 posts)
11. Thanks and you're welcome!
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 11:17 AM
Apr 14

The stone wall is part of a water course. I've only shown a small portion of the park. There are also playing fields, a swimming pool, a skate park, garden rental plots, historic structures, a Native American burial site and camping.



JudyM

(29,406 posts)
16. Enjoying these
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 11:59 AM
Apr 14

Almost like taking a walk in the park with you.

Great shots, and that lucky one of the hawk and snake is dramatic.

Mousetoescamper

(3,924 posts)
19. Thanks!
Sun Apr 14, 2024, 12:40 PM
Apr 14

That was a lucky shot, indeed. I wasn't using my long lens, which is best for getting shots of birds and distant objects. The hawk flew overhead and I quickly took the shot, knowing that it wouldn't be a high-resolution image. I didn't know there was a snake in the hawk's beak until I uploaded the shot to my laptop and zoomed in.

HAB911

(9,063 posts)
29. Great catch with the Hawk
Mon Apr 15, 2024, 01:17 PM
Apr 15

one of our Hawks flew directly over us recently with a 3' snake in his claws. We cringed at the thought he might have lost grip and both of us would have have had heart attacks.

Mousetoescamper

(3,924 posts)
30. Thanks!
Mon Apr 15, 2024, 02:52 PM
Apr 15

A serendipitous shot! I was using my 15-85mm lens for flowers and landscapes when the hawk flew in high overhead. There wasn't enough time get the hawk in sharp focus and I thought the shot was probably a dud. I didn't know about the snake until after I'd uploaded the image to my laptop and zoomed in.

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