Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring Symphony

In 1842, Robert Schumann delivered his first symphony as a birthday present to his beloved Clara.  In a note he said:

" I wrote this symphony in that rush of spring which carries a man away even in  his  old age  and comes over him anew every year".

His instructions to  the conductor, Felix Mendelssohn, on its premier was for the beginning trumpets to be a summons to awaken to spring.  So it is with the photos I have just reviewed.

The hills are lush with the warm spring green of new leaves and the streams are tumbling down with ample flows.  The banks are lined with white flowered Viburnum.

Ganoga Glen at Rickett's Glen State Park  (Pennsylvania)

The beauty is not confined to large vistas, but also to an isolated boulder surrounded by cascading water.

Ganoga Glen Cascade

Rickett's Glen  is arguably the largest concentration of waterfalls in the northeast US.   Two separate gorges,  Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh, converge at Watersmeet to continue their course to the Susquehanna River.

Glen Leigh at Watersmeet

Just as the streams summon us, so do the arriving birds intent on beginning the next generation.  The males are everywhere announcing the spring.

Yellow-rumped Warbler in Song

The warbler sings one song, and the towhee another, each unique but to the same purpose.

Eastern Towhee

 And, birds are pairing up at nesting territories.

Eastern Bluebirds

Nesting has begun, and the males continue to sing as was this most colorful Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak

His nearby mate revealed her nest building. She was searching the wild grapevines for stringy pieces of bark to bind her nest together with.

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Each time the female found a suitable fiber, she flew off to the same location with the male closely following.  Oh, if I can spot the nest from a hidden spot.  But, I expect they will be very hard to find it; it will be well-concealed with so  many crows about to rob them.

Now, I'll see if I can find Schumann's First Symphony on iTunes.



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