Churchville Nature Center

winter reflections
deer skull

No Matter where you are in Bucks County, you’re only a few minutes from a great outdoor space. I had planned to get up and shoot the sunrise, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Completely white sky, no clouds, no sun,  just a lot of wind, so, I went back to bed. An hour later the weather had changed (slightly) and though I had missed sunrise, I still wanted to get out and shoot.

My original location was no longer going to work. Instead, I drove 5 minutes over to Churchville Nature Center. The preserved space is on Springfield Lake in Southern Bucks County. There are a few trails, but nothing difficult. There is a boardwalk that can accommodate a wheelchair and most of the trails are flat with very little obstacles. Great for kids, but no dogs allowed.

The nature center itself is pretty cool with a lot of info on the local wildlife and plantlife. Behind the center is a bird blind. I don’t know much about birding, but there always seems to be a few people hanging out with binoculars and little bird identification books.

I walked around the top half of the lake to get the shots shown here. All were taken on the opposite side of the lake from the nature center. The boundaries of the preserve are not that well marked and if you keep going, you run into “no trespassing” signs. I think I wandered along a game trail that may not have been part of the trail system. Looking at satellite images of the area there is a lot to explore, but it’s not clear what is public land and what is private.

I found a deer skeleton near where I was shooting and incorporated the skull in one of the shots. I’ve seen a few of these in this area over the years.  Elm Ave runs along the northern border of the center’s trails. Deer get hit by cars and stumble a few yards into the woods before falling near the edge of the lake. When the light is still good, but there is not much color, black and white images can bring out the details and textures.

Island

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