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This gloomy rainy evening has got me thinking that we need to add a little color to liven things up. I offer to you these bright, joyful flowers and berries growing in Norfolk’s own Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary.

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All photos by Jennifer Miele

 

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If you’ve explored every inch of the Norfolk Botanical Garden and the grounds of the Hermitage Museum, you may be ready for a new oasis in the city — the Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary.

Tucked behind grand old houses in Ghent and lovingly tended by the Cape Henry Audubon Society, Weyanoke is already blooming — and surprisingly green for so early in the year.

My sister and I strolled through the grounds this past weekend and went a little camera-crazy in the process. To my dismay, a large number of photos disappeared off my camera’s memory card – including pictures illustrating the lush green growth hidden in the center of the park.

Nevertheless, I did take home a few gems, like these:

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And let’s not forget the animal inhabitants of the sanctuary, such as…

a sweet brown garter snake, enjoying the afternoon sun
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a puffed-up robin, staking out its territory
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and another bird, doing its best to blend in with the branches.
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Also worth seeing:
Tangled vines are Nature’s jungle gym.

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Leave it to Mother Nature to invite some fungi to the party.
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Some might say I’m a tree-hugger, but I think this guy has me beat.
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And lest you forget you’re in the city, a Norfolk-Southern train rumbles by occasionally, to remind you.
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All photos by Jennifer Miele, at Weyanoke Bird and Wildflower Sanctuary.

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