We had some really summer-like weather last Thursday, with temperatures in the 70's. I decided to take the camera down the road to the Leonard J. Buck Gardens. It is a lovely shade and rock garden built on the sight of a 175-million year-old glacial stream valley. The garden was created in the 1930's by Leonard J. Buck, a geologist and trustee of the New York Botanical Garden, and landscape architect Zenon Schreiber. Apparently they did not draw any plans, but simply worked by eye, blasting and taking a pick-axe to the site to expose basalt rock -- the once hot lava that cooled to form the second Watchung Mountain. It is a beautiful springtime garden, with meandering paths that cross pools and streams, and climb chiseled rock to end in wonderful scenic overlooks. At the moment, there are waves of daffodils, forsythia, magnolia. Heavenly.