Thursday, October 31, 2013
These images of tupelo and cypress trees were taken earlier this week in a vast floodplain swamp of the Ochlockonee River west of Crawfordville. I parked on the shoulder of Forest Road 13, adjacent to the entrance of the Apalachicola National Forest campground at Porter Lake and walked for about 3 hours in a loop to the north. There are no roads or trails through this unspoiled, wild and very beautiful place. Boots and a GPS are necessary gear. Several months ago the water was over 5 feet deep throughout the entire swamp. Now water is only flowing in a second, smaller and shallower channel of the river that meanders through the swamp to Porker Lake. This 'lake' rejoins the river south of the campground.
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|Zebra longwing on Spanish needle|
|Gulf fritillary ... this butterfly also has spots on its eyes!|
|"Drawing" of osprey|
|"Drawing" of wood storks|
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Last month, Trudy and I embarked on a 2-week road trip through a portion of the Blue Ridge mountains. We drove our trusty Subaru Forester north along the Blue Ridge Parkway from milepost 199 at Fancy Gap, NC to milepost 0 at Rockfish Gap, VA, then continued north along the entire 105 miles of the Skyline Drive to its northern terminus at Front Royal, VA.
This landscape also releases copious
quantities of feel-good vibes. In late
September the color was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c,
with a million shades of green.
Fortunately, we experienced several mornings shrouded in fog.
This hardwood forest was on a portion of the Appalachian Trail
a short distance from our campsite in the Loft Mountain
campground, Shenandoah National Park.
Most days were cool with clear skies.
This statuary was in the North Carolina
The many diverse rock formations, like
these along the Fort Windham Rocks Trail,
(Skyline Drive milepost 10) are another
intriguing aspect of the Blue Ridge.
The gurgle of mountain streams as well as
the roar of waterfalls are like the Sirens
song, so irresistible there is no escape.
Slickrock Falls, near Brevard, North Carolina
Looking Glass Falls, also near Brevard.
Lodge at Big Meadows (Skyline Drive milepost 51,
Shenandoah National Park)
Interior view of lodge
The cabin at Big Meadows where we spent one night.