Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Walk in the Park

This is really an amazing park. The facilities are clean and very new looking. It's only about three miles from my house too. Here is some info about the park.

492 acres of rolling wooded hills and natural beauty make up the tranquil setting of Horizons Park. This county-wide facility was purchased by Forsyth County in late 1977 from Horizons Residential Care Center. It is Forsyth Park System's largest facility and has been developed to retain its appeal to families and nature lovers.

Facilities:

2-Acre Dog Park
Disc Golf Course
Picnic Shelter
Mountain Bike Trails
Nature and Hiking Trails
Picnic Tables with Grills
Sand Volleyball Court
Horseshoe Pits
Softball Field
Playground
Restrooms
Parking Lot



I can't remember what this plant is called but it's connected by runners underground. It can form large colonies of a single organisms. My Plant Bio teacher said that people often want to pick them but end up pulling up large areas of this neat little plant.



Dogwoods are started to open! The sky is so incredibly blue setting off these creamy bracts.



Finally, the azaleas and rhododendrons are popping!





Enlarge this photo and see who is hiding in the tree.



The trail took me past this horse pasture tucked down in this valley. I'm sure this horse is used to the spying eyes of hikers.



I crossed this stream in about four different places. Each time the bridge was a little different. The water was a very milky color for the most part. I could here the frogs singing as I moved along. Their songs always ahead of me or behind. No matter how close I came I could never find them.



Many different vining plants crawl through these woods. Hopefully kudzu doesn't find this place.



The bark texture reminded me of a dry desert floor.



This is Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, Papaveraceae. I love the foliage on these little plants!



A carpet of May Apples. At first I was just seeing one or two them there they were!



I'm not sure what this is. Looks sort of like a Ginger but perhaps one of you knows.



I have loved hepaticas since I was a little girl. My family used to live way back in the woods in a small cabin that sat on a beautiful creek. I would pick little hand fulls of hepaticas to fill vases in the house.



I thought this was so pretty. The rain water flows down this ravine and into the stream.

14 comments:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a wonderful walk. Doesn't it feel good to be out walking in the sun again.

Darla said...

Thanks for the walk, some real neat plants there!

Heather said...

I would love to have a beautiful park like this close to home. What a nice treasure!
-Heather

Dirt Princess said...

Great place! Looks like you had a good walk. Thanks for taking us along with you.

Becca's Dirt said...

I enjoyed the walk through the woods and the stream. Such a nice place to enjoy mother nature.

Joanne said...

What an amazing resource you have so close to home, you're very lucky! I'm a walker, and would find myself on those nature trails very often if I lived there!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

What a beautiful place to go on a walk. Looks like perfect weather too! Do you think your unknown plant could be a cyclamen?

Randy Emmitt said...

I've never heard of it, been on many a butterfly count in your area, must not be good for butterflies. Nice place though. The plant is called creeping juniper or creeping cedar.

Janet said...

What a wonderful place to walk and take in the wonders of spring. The first unknown looks like larkspur but I doubt that is what it is from your description of the large colony of growth. The other one is a ginger.

Toni said...

I'M SO STOOOPID!!! I knew I had saved out your blog address to my favorites but never could find it. well, DUH!!! It's called Live to Garden, and I was looking for Flowrgirl!! hee! anyway, I've got myself straightened out (I AM a blond, I have an excuse) ...

dogwoods. and bark texture. those 2 photos alone have had me coming back three times already.

Blossom said...

You have lots of beautiful pictures here. Beautiful! I had fun strolling around.

Stu said...

Some nicely captured photos. It's so refreshing to see all the Dogwoods opening isn't it?
Hopefully this late frost we are going to get doesn't hurt them.

Karen said...

Lovely stroll in the spring woods. So nice to see everything waking up at long last! I'm going to guess your mystery plant is cyclamen, but don't quote me. Thanks for your visit and funny comment on my blog - the local cats leave me "presents" in my garden too, grrrrr.

Kerri said...

Hi Michelle! Thanks for visiting and saying hello. I see you've been walking and finding lots of Mother Nature's creations to admire.
I too love the dainty hepatica. We have lots of it in our woods on the hill, as well as other little treasures. I must take a walk up there and look for trillium. I missed it last year.
I hope you make it to upstate NY some day :)