On a day like this, it’s tempting to stay inside. After weeks of warm sunshine rare for a Kentucky spring, we’re all spoiled and quick to retreat indoors with a cozy blanket and a book to read. Or, let’s be honest, to Netflix and chill.
On a day like this, you step outside, sunglasses atop your head, expecting those warm rays of sun, only to be greeted by the damp, cool air. You should have grabbed your jacket instead.
On a day like this, it’s easy to succumb to the groggy feeling induced by the absence of the sun. But those who brave those chilly, spring days are quickly rewarded by the sights and sounds accentuated by rainfall and falling temperatures.
On a day like this, the contrast of bright green on top of hazy grey skies makes this winter-like interruption tolerable. Even without the knowledge of bird calls or plant species, one can enjoy the presence of nature’s chorus and blooming wildflowers simply by listening and observing. Perhaps a stroll outside during this not-so-favorable weather will inspire you to learn more about one or both topics.
On a day like this, I’d argue it’s impossible to resist the enchantment of the amethyst and lilac larkspurs sprinkled along trails and streambanks. The greys, browns and greens alone have enough variance throughout each plant and each blade of grass to create a symphony of color themselves – emerald and sage, Kelly and moss, olive and forest green – it’s no wonder so many common colors are named for natural elements.
On a day like this, take a moment to appreciate the array of shades, forgetting your troubles and focusing instead on lichen covered stones and moss covered branches or the obedient line of mushrooms climbing up the base of a fallen tree. Take a closer look at the detail of the tree bark on the Ash, Black Walnuts and Boxelders—no wait! An Ash in the distance moved! It’s actually one of a group of white tailed deer grazing along the hillside, disguised by the surrounding forest. A few moments later, an eastern wild turkey struts across the clearing, the ground fresh for picking just in time for lunch.
On a day like this, lace up your hiking boots, throw on your slicker and see what wonders you can find at The Parklands. Netflix will still be there after your hike.
Eye Spy: Can you see the Wild Turkey?
About the Author
As Manager of Marketing and Communications, Anna Rosales-Crone manages internal and external communications strategies for The Parklands, as well as marketing to promote facility rentals, educational programming, fundraising and overall park awareness. Anna was hired as Communications Coordinator in May of 2015 to help build awareness of the newly constructed park by managing The Parklands brand, website and social media. Prior to joining The Parklands team, she worked in communications at the American Red Cross for five years where she grew the Louisville Area Chapter’s digital and social media presence while supporting public relations, marketing and special events. She also provided public affairs support and guidance during major disaster operations. Anna is a graduate of the University of Evansville where she met her husband and the second love of her life—traveling. She also enjoys hiking, reading, baking, dancing, going to concerts and hanging out with her two cats. Contact me about: media relations, photo requests and website.