This is a view from below the lower basin looking over the bridge and across the road. The three trees on the right hand side are Taxodiums. I believe the tree on the left is a Quercus petrea cultivar. Extensive planting has paid off in the wet meadow; the vegetation is lush, varied, and appropriate. The fauna is interesting too: dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, both
tadpoles and mature frogs. It's a great place. Actually I spent some time walking through all of Fern Valley before going home today and the whole collection is wonderful. All it took to make it come together was my leaving! Well, probably not, but it is wonderful even though there aren't a lot of flowers right now. There's Chelone, Physostegia, and a few others under the forest canopy, and of course the meadow is filled with Bidens et alia.