We have a beautiful sunny day today, not as harsh as yesterday, though a good strong breeze is blowing. The brightness of the day put me in mind of a place I’ve gone to for years in warm weather but not often in colder seasons. So I decided to make a visit to the bird stand at the Fort Washington state park and see what things are like there right now.
What’s the bird stand? Well, it’s an observation platform for viewing hawks, mostly – this location is well-known for the number of raptors in the sky. The upwellings and wind currents are favorable and the woods are full of prey for them. There is a staunch group of bird-watchers who use this location. And it’s also popular just as a place to sit in the sun and rest.
I’m not a bird follower, myself – I mostly have used the park as a great place to run. There is a great 5K cross-country run laid out in the park, used by several local high schools as well as some groups who set up 5K events on it. I’ve run in some races here and I really enjoy the course just doing it on my own. For a park set in the middle of a busy area, it’s very peaceful and secluded feeling.
This time of year things are not too busy here. Just one other person was at the bird stand while I was there.
But it was not too cold to take some time to look out over the scene and to anticipate summer, when the hill is covered with little yellow flowers and I run down it to pick up the trail along the railroad tracks, and birdwatchers lean on the rail of the stand, looking at the hawks circling above. All of us enjoying the warmth and the sun and the feeling of freedom this place seems to evoke.
What is the Sunshine Project all about? Look here.
I wrote another post about this park: Day 7, Green Ribbon Trail, Fort Washington, PA
And yet another one, in my poetry blog: Winter and Summer and Winter