Everything, every single blade of grass and every single branch and twig was glazed in ice sparkling in sun–a most magical landscape.
It is never hard to get out of bed when you work where other people go on vacation. But after yet another day of freezing rain and cold temperatures, I was thrilled to welcome some sunshine peeking through the tree tops at Belle Isle State Park.I thought aloud "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder."
The river side picnic area is a stunning display of sun and ice during the last cold snap
I ventured down to the overlook on the Mulberry Creek Boardwalk. The boardwalk was a bit slick, but I took my time walking softly and slowly savoring the view. Braving the cold was definitely worth it!
Nature's beauty is reflected in wind blown ice sculptures
Reconnect with nature in all her seasons
We may sometimes begrudge winter weather, it certainly makes travel difficult and heating bills are hard on our wallets. However, we should enjoy the beauty of it while we can, for as Hal Borland said:
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
The crisp cold air holds just a hint of spring reflected in the cottony white clouds
on the clear creek water.
Osprey will soon start refurbishing their nests
Icicles form along the boardwalk rails making interesting prisms in my camera lens
The park features a campground with electric/water hook ups, a primitive paddle-in campground, and two historic rental homes–the Bel Air colonial reproduction home and the Bel Air guest house. The park also has picnic shelters; motorboat and car-top launches as well as motor boat, kayak, and canoe rentals.
Cozy up to a campfire on a late winter evening. Campgrounds open in early March!
Belle Isle State Parkis open year-round, and winter is a great time to visit. The park is so quiet and peaceful, you feel like you are the only one in the world. You also have a better chance at catching a glimpse of some of the park’s wildlife with fewer people around.
Join us for a winterBelle Isle State Park
Bring your camera and binoculars; with the leaves barely budding, you can see a lot of nest building, flyovers, and in-air mating dances.