Monday, November 4, 2013

Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs Trout Pool

Paradise Springs in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, Waukesha County: there is a poetic melancholy to this place that draws me in and keeps me returning.  

Spring House, interior
Spring House
With a mood to match its scenery, I found myself strolling the paths this afternoon to witness the changing fall season against this magical background where architecture meets the landscape and flowing springs and holding pools become art in motion in any season.

Trout Pool
While early spring attracts warblers and other migrating passerines, on this late fall afternoon, birds were few. This Winter Wren's scolding chatter rose above the sounds of falling water and blustery wind as if to put me on notice that I was entering his house.  He checked me out for quite some time while I checked him out as he flitted around and through the fallen tree debris.

Winter Wren

Spring House, interior

Looking out from the Spring House