It appeared to be not a typical winter. In the past couple of days, the daytime temperature was approaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Walking with a winter coat could make one sweat.
Although it has been raining, watching the developing fog and the water drops on tree branches in my backyard, I figured that Brightwood park must be very pretty at this time. As soon as there was a break from the rain, I ran to the park which never disappointed me.
The park was like a lady with her face covered with a beautiful veil. The red fruits with water drops hanging looked like wet eyes of old friends at their happy reunion.
I saw a blue jay whose feathers not looking as bright as they usually were. I wonder it was because the bird just got off the bed and had not dress up yet. It was also possible the bird being in a transition of getting a new outfit. When I looked at the pictures again, I was unsure where these were photographs, or paintings made by a crazy artist's‘ random strokes.
When I stood at the shore of the big pond, a pair of mallard ducks headed toward me, like old friends coming to greet. The female one with a broken wing was accompanied by her faithful male partner. I was touched by their loyalty to each other and their courage of staying in the park even in bitter coldness with a shortage of food. I also felt guilty when I forgot to bring something to treat friends like them.
Because of the newly installed air pumps, there are circle areas in the big pond that remain unfrozen. Geese and ducks, particularly a small group of wood ducks, loved to hang out in these mini-ponds. Thanks again to FOBP Committee for the effort of getting the township making improvements in the past summer.
I was also glad to see the paved trail remaining in good shape. The paving helped to melt the snow, providing safety for old people and children.
I really appreciate the members of FOBP who made a big difference in making the park a nice environment by removing a huge amount of invasive species and junks hidden in covered areas. I am sure the park will become even better in the coming months when spring comes.
I am a frequent visitor of Brightwood Park and enjoy sharing my discoveries.
Brightwood Park is on the North end of Prospect Street. Go past Franklin School and look for the entrance on the left.