Fall is the second most favorite season for me, Spring being my first. Every Fall, nature showcases a brilliant display of colors and leaf-peeping trips are planned all over to take in a glimpse of nature’s splendor. There are many factors that can impact the leaves, such as a sudden drop in temperature or a violent storm that blows the leaves off the trees before they have a chance to fall. The Northeast United States probably has the most splendid display of colors. Reds, yellows, and orange hues seem to fire up the sky, in places it almost seems like the sky is ablaze and indescribably beautiful. The cooler, crisp nights bring better results.
My husband and I decided to take a trip to The Laurels Preserve to capture the beauty one last time. This was always a popular hiking spot for us surrounded by nature. Since we moved closer to the city in an attempt to downsize, we no longer frequent the Preserve as much as we used to, so coming back to this beautiful space was definitely a breath of fresh air, add to that the color and scents of Fall perfuming the air and you’ve got a winner. You hear birds call, a horse and rider in the distance, deer bopping every so often through the woods, other visitors claim to have also seen beavers, wild turkeys and other animals native to the area. The Laurels and surrounding land has been named an important bird area by Audubon Pennsylvania in recognition of its many bird species.
The Preserve contains almost 500 acres of hardwood forest including mature red, black, white and chestnut oaks, tulip poplar, beech, white ash and hickory species. The under story of the the forest features the namesake mountain laurel, spicebush, witch-hazel, alder and virburnum. A rich mix of herbaceous plants including black cohosh, Solomon’s seal, jewelweed and several fern species can also be found. This information was provided by the Brandywine Conservancy. Native Americans once fished in the streams here.
It was time to leave our favorite spot before it got too dark. I scooped up some leaves to bring home with me. When I got home, I made myself an herbal tea and ate some Energy Balls that I had prepared the day before. These bite sized goodies are a wholesome treat full of nutrition which include walnuts, dates, apricots, coconut flakes, honey, cocoa powder, coconut oil and almond meal. I whizzed all of the above in a food processor, then rolled them in coconut flakes and almond meal. A quick and easy burst of energy!
I’m bringing this Fall dish to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #93