Winterthur, Delaware on March 13, 2021
Legacy of Henry Francis Du Pont, 1880-1969
This year, Spring was at least three years in advance of the expected schedule when the advance was halted by three snow storms and gale force winds in February and March.
The weather is warming now.
Chinese witch hazel
Smooth-barked American poplar retain the golden leaves of Autumn through the storms and winds of winter.
Like lace strung up throughout the woodland
Pieris Japonica and an early viburnum
Geese take over the park when there are no people around
The Dawn Redwood, a deciduous conifer, continues through Spring, apparently, to shed seeds
The giant American sycamore, filled with cement and iron train rails to preserve its life – already two hundred years old – is an icon of the park.
Touching its immense trunk is a ritual of Spring. This year’s Spring never so welcome.
A supplication that its longevity mark our lives also!