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Chilly Hike with Don at Radnor Lake

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments · flowers, Radnor Lake, turkey

Thursday, April 8, 2010

purple flowers, bridge at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

We went for a hike at Radnor Lake today, even though it was cloudy and cool – not too bad, though: upper 50s or so. There was not a hint of direct sunlight, so the photos did not turn out as good as they would have in the sun.

We did not see much at first, though a passing hiker told us she saw some turkey earlier.

purple flowers at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

Don and I parked in the east lot. It can be a risky proposition, with the limited parking on the east side – driving all the way up Otter Creek road only to find the lot full with a line of cars waiting for parking spots. However, on a cool cloudy day like this, we knew there was little chance of the east lot being full. Fortunately, we were correct: there were ten cars at most.

turkey at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

We struck out on the east connector trail, up to Ganier Ridge, down the other side, and back around on the Lake Trail, to the connector, and back to the car.

One of the highlights of spring — on the east side, between where the connector trail hits the Ganier Ridge trail and the Lake Trail – is a multitude of beautiful purple flowers. I was very pleased to see that they had blossomed in all their glory. While the pics would have been better with sun, some of them turned out very nice for a cloudy day.

turkey at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

While returning on the east connector trail, we passed a couple who alerted us to turkey ahead. Excellent! This would be our only wildlife sighting of note today. A bit further, and we found several turkey – five or so – right where we were told they’d be. I got a few shots, but the turkey were too far up the hill for clear, crisp shots with my digital camera.

Nevertheless, a few of the photos turned out good enough (well, perhaps not…) for me to present here.

turkey at Radnor Lake, Nashville, Tennessee

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