Spring is in the Air

Flowers, gardening, nature, Photography, spring

The women in my family seem to have a green thumb. Well, at least my mother and grandmother. However, it seems to have skipped a generation this time. I can’t seem to keep a plant alive. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them.

I may not be able to grow them, but I can capture them on camera. Here is a beautiful sunflower from my Grandma’s garden. I believe this photo was taken last year. It reminds me that spring flowers are right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for warmer weather, and nature hikes!

What do you love most about spring? Share in the comments section below.

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Wolf Sanctuary of PA

animals, nature, Photography, Travel, wolves

PA has not been home to wild wolves for more than a hundred years. However, for over 30 years, wolves have found sanctuary in Lititz, PA.

The wolf sanctuary provides stimulating environments in natural woodlands. It was once considered a private refuge, but has grown into more, an educational facility.

It is open to the public during specific hours for walking tours, including full moon tours. Find out more by visiting their website. This is a must see for animal lovers and photographers.

Winter fog

eerie, fairy tale, forest, nature, Photography, woods

Living in a wooded area has a special intrigue. Looking out my back window, I caught this eerie and mystical view. It appeared like a scenic backdrop from a fairy tale.

The day started off with a fog in the air. But, by afternoon it had lifted. The temperature had increased to a comfortable 54 degrees. In just a few hours the winter seemed to transform into spring.

Conestoga House and Gardens (Lancaster, PA)

Architecture, Flowers, Gardens, History, Photography, Travel

Are you familiar with “The Great Gatsby?” The Conestoga House and Gardens may remind you of a similar time. You can find yourself mesmerized by its beauty and history. You may even daydream of Gatsby’s grand parties…

The estate was once owned by James Hale Steinman and Louise Tinsley Steinman. In fact, some people still refer to the grounds as the Steinman Mansion. The land encompasses outbuildings, a house, several gardens, and a pool (with an adorable bathhouse). The Conestoga House and Gardens are open to the public during summer months on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can find specific dates and times on their website.

Take a step back in time and enjoy a slower pace. It’s a perfect pairing with a book, a picnic, or a simple desire to explore. Breathe easy and soak up the history.

The Castle at Skylands Manor and the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens

Architecture, Bees, Flowers, Gardens, Photography

If you think spending the night in a castle is costly, think again… Sure, some castles would cost an arm and a leg to stay in. However, this one is affordable, and it’s located in New Jersey. In fact, they sometimes offer deals on Groupon. That’s how we discovered it…

About two and a half years ago, we were looking for a place to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We had to watch our funds, so we checked out Groupon Getaways and came across The Castle at Skylands Manor, in Ringwood, NJ. It’s a bed and breakfast, set in a castle.

The castle alone sports beautiful architecture. But, the grounds are equally eye catching. They are a part of the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens. According to NJBG’s website,”The NJBG includes 96 acres of specialty gardens surrounded by 1000 acres of woodlands.”

Visiting this place is like stepping right into a storybook. You will find yourself surrounded by magnificence and beauty, an experience you won’t soon forget.

You can easily fill up your time exploring the castle grounds. But, don’t miss out on their breakfast. We were personally impressed with the variety and quality they offered. In fact, we have yet to find better pancakes anywhere else!

We highly recommend this location for those who love nature, photography, exploration, and history. It’s unique, captivating and memorable.