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1HappyHiker
04-26-2011, 03:08 PM
Please understand up-front that the flowers shown in the photo below were not photographed at a New Hampshire location. These photos were taken last week (18-25 April, 2011) when my wife and I traveled way south of New Hampshire to visit family located in the States of Delaware and North Carolina.

In neither location did I have the opportunity to do much in the way of hiking. However, from the few rambles that I did at both locations, I can report the Spring Season has definitely "sprung" in the southern States! Plants are in full bloom, the grass is green, and most folks have already mowed their lawns multiple times.

It was fun and interesting to travel by car from NH to NC and DE. We could see the Spring Season gradually progress as we drove southward through various States along the way. It was equally fun and interesting to watch the Spring Season progress backwards as we drove northward on our return trip back to NH. And quite honestly, I was thrilled to see that upon our return there were still remnants of snow on north-facing slopes and on the mountaintops. I'm a huge fan of the brief Spring/Summer seasons that we experience in northern New Hampshire! There is no place like home, and the White Mountains of NH are truly one heck of a nice "home"!

If you are interested in reading a brief account of my journey down south, and seeing a few more photos, then simply click HERE (http://1happyhiker.blogspot.com/2011/04/traveling-way-south-of-new-hampshire.html)to be whisked away to my Blog!:)


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Snow Miser
04-26-2011, 08:37 PM
Very nice photos John. It's nice to know that there are beautifully preserved areas within such populated areas. I live just north of Philadelphia, and even within all the hustle, we have a few nice natural areas. Granted, nothing like up north in New England, but they keep us southerners satisfied until we can visit the north country. Glad you had a nice time visiting family.

1HappyHiker
04-27-2011, 11:04 PM
It's nice to know that there are beautifully preserved areas within such populated areas. I live just north of Philadelphia, and even within all the hustle, we have a few nice natural areas. Granted, nothing like up north in New England, but they keep us southerners satisfied until we can visit the north country.
Bob, thanks for taking a moment to post a reply.

You certainly do have some very nice natural areas in the greater Philadelphia area. I lived in Wilmington, DE (just slightly south of Philadelphia) for many, many years and am familiar with many of those areas. As you say, they are unlike what we have in New England, but that doesn't make them any less worthy of visiting. It's terrific to be outside enjoying nature in whatever form it might take.:)

Jimmy Legs and Little d
04-28-2011, 10:37 AM
John,
You should have posted a few more pictures. Good to hear that you had a nice trip "south". Spring has definitely sprung here in MD the past week. Seems the trees, flowers and shrubs have all come out at once since the weekend.
Now we have to contend with the pollen; but that will hopefully be shortlived.:D

Donna:)

1HappyHiker
04-28-2011, 08:38 PM
John,
You should have posted a few more pictures . . . Spring has definitely sprung here in MD the past week. Seems the trees, flowers and shrubs have all come out at once since the weekend.
Now we have to contend with the pollen; but that will hopefully be shortlived.:D
I know what you mean about the photos. They were rather sparse. However, our trips down "south" are whirlwind events. There's scarce time available for photo-taking, and most snapshots are family-photos which hold little interest to anyone other than family (and sometimes not even that:rolleyes:).

Also, I do know exactly what you mean about the pollen. During our trip, we suffered through the pollen season in both NC and DE. However, when we arrived back home in NH, we experienced blessed relief from our red, watery eyes and sneezing attacks! Undoubtedly, we will experience this all over again once pollen season works its way northward, but usually the symptoms are much milder and short-lived here in the North Country.:)

Anna LeBlanc
04-29-2011, 08:14 AM
Thank you for the beautiful photos John.I especially like the rainbows!

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Anna