These photos show the boardwalk part of our walk. This is a great place for seeing wildlife. Today we saw birds, frogs, dragonflies, turtles and a brief sighting of a beaver swimming in the water. I watched as he climbed out and disappeared in the undergrowth.
Look how calm, cool and collected Gregg is. It was HOT! As I have mentioned before Gregg was born in Virginia and grew up here, hence he likes it and the hotter the better. I know he would feel equally at home in the tropics.
This is the kind of wildlife you could see here. Every time we visit we spot something different.
If you enlarge the picture below you can just - maybe - make out that beaver's trace as he swims through the water (top left) and the one below it as he exits. The large photo shows a good diagram of the inside of a beaver lodge.
This is a swamp rose.....
and I think this is Water Hemlock but if you disagree please feel free to let me know, I am still in my learning curve.
A black swallowtail butterfly and the plant/flower was identified by Steve as a Buttonbush. Thanks again Steve.
And because I love them so much, more photos of the Red-Winged Blackbird.
This was a very nice young man carrying his camera and a tripod, who stopped and chatted with us for a while. We talked about birds.
Lots of dragonflies around and I don't know enough about them to identify.
Below a double-decker overlook with a great view of the wetlands. It's a place to sit for a while with an overhanging tree that gives you a lot of shade.
We are getting closer to the wood trail here.
More photos of frogs, they were all over the place and were very loud. They were fun to listen to. We tried to guess where they might be hiding but it was difficult. I was grateful for the ones in full view.
A young family of ducks doing what ducks love to do, quack, dive, eat....
and all the turtles sunning themselves on logs.
I liked how this one outstretched its back foot.
The last time we came here the wetlands were pretty dry but with all the rain we've had lately, no problems there.
This is one of Gregg's favorite spots....
and this is mine. By the time we have made our way this far along the boardwalk I am feeling the humidity, and glad for the shade of the trees and a bench to sit on for a few minutes. I truly love the wooden boardwalk with all its activity, fun also to watch the little kids with their parents, good to see them being exposed to the outdoors and to nature at such an early age.
Once we left the water behind us we had the woods all to ourselves. Most people turn back and backtrack to the parking lot which is the shortest route, and when you have hot, tired and thirsty kids it is a good way to go. We continue around the loop which takes us through the trees and we didn't pass one person until we finally neared the visitors' center. We loved the solitude and peacefulness around us and it was a great ending to our walk. I'll be posting those pictures in my next post.