Monday Mellow Yellows – Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA

Good Morning.

More than a month has gone by without updating this blog.

First, I did not do anything photo worthy, and then I was having problems with accessing the blog.

I finally worked all that out, and got out for a few hours at a beautiful location with my camera so I have something to share!

Morris Arboretum, just outside of Philadelphia, PA is beautiful place to spend a day.

The land was originally owned by John and Lynda Morris (brother and sister), of the I.P. Morris family. The family made their money in the iron manufacturing business. In 1932 the land was turned over the University of Pennsylvania. It is now designated as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During his life John traveled the world extensively bringing plants, art and ideas back home.

Tara and I enjoyed a cooler than usual summer day to enjoy some fresh air. It seems like whenever I have a day off from work she is at a friend’s house, or the weather is not suitable. You can get a decent work out on the grounds of the arboretum, there are lots of rolling hills to walk!

These are just a few photos with “yellow” since today’s post is Monday Mellow Yellows.

I want to thank my friend Karl aka Intense Guy, for the passes!

I will be sharing more photos throughout the week!
Make it a great day!
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Critters of Bogart’s Bridge

This past Tuesday, I had the “pleasure” of driving my daughter and two friends to Allentown for a concert. Allentown is about 30ish miles from home, so not so far that I could not have come home after dropping them off and returned when the concert was over 8 HOURS later. I decided however, to enjoy a day on my own with my camera.

I had researched a few things in the area to see/do that were free. I found a great printable walking tour of the downtown area, that pointed out the architecture and history of some of the buildings, as well as a driving tour of Covered Bridges in the area.

As it was quite a warm day, and I really did not feel like hitting the pavement in town, I opted for the covered bridges. There were seven listed, I set out to see what I could see.

My first stop along the way was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge is not in service for vehicles, just foot traffic across the Little Lehigh River. This bridge is the oldest in the Lehigh Valley, and one of the oldest in the country. The bridge is located in a beautiful spot, full of activity – runners, bikers, walkers, and fishermen were seen during my stop!

I also encountered quite a few critters along the way.
This pretty butterfly – I am thinking this is a Gray Comma?
Then along the river, where I found an awesome rock to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area and the sound of the water, I met up with the Mallards.
Once I started walking again, I encountered a snake, who was sunning on a rock, and apparently I startled him before I could get my camera aimed! I was wearing flip flops, and although he was quite a few feet away from me, it kind of freaked me out!
I had seen a Swallowtail butterfly while I was by the stream, but he kept landing on branches too high for me to see him, so I was happy when this one was resting under the bridge.
The highlight of the adventure was the swallows. There were swallows flying everywhere. They are hard to capture, they do not sit very long out in the open. I got brave and went under the bridge to get the shot of the butterfly and realized there were dozens of swallows who had made the bridge there home.

Hungry and chirping like crazy!
Join in the fun of Camera Critters!

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