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Sunday, January 27, 2008

A Hike Deterred

Charles & I went to have a hike at the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve today. As I mentioned in my last post, we've had a lot of rain lately, so this is what we encountered...


We were able to reach the first stretch of boardwalk, at least, so we headed down that way, but then...


So we decided to stop & look at birds for a while. We saw yellow rumped warblers & bluebirds;


We also saw this enormous American bird grasshopper;


There's a lot of vertical lines in the pine woods, so this curvy little vine really stood out;


It was a good time, even if most of the main area was flooded out.

25 comments:

Rob said...

Watch out for those giant grasshoppers. They fly OK but can only stop by flying into things and latching on. Nice pics, Lana. Bluebirds are active here, too, but don't appear to be house hunting just yet.

Lana Gramlich said...

Rob; Thanks for the tip. I made sure to stay mostly behind it when I took the picture to be on the safe side. There are always lots of bluebirds here at the Flatwoods, as The Nature Conservancy has put up houses for them throughout the area. 3 cheers for TNC! :)

Charles Gramlich said...

That was one of the biggest grasshoppers I've ever seen, although I have seen a few bigger in a species that is black and yellow,and which are pretty rare. This one was probably at least 4 to 5 inches long.

Julie said...

Five Inches???

Wow...how high do they jump!?

Great shots, btw - do you get alligators in that area like Florida?

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Canadian grasshoppers are much smaller, of course. I'd never seen one so huge & can hardly imagine a species even larger!

Julie; I can't imagine how high/far they can jump--just so long as they stay away from my face. *LOL*
I doubt we'll ever see alligators at this particular spot, as I suspect that Abita creek is too small for them, but we do get them in other areas (like Northlake Nature Center.) They are our state reptile & we live about 5 miles from an alligator ranch.

Mark said...

Your images all show a great sense of place here. I particularly like the vine in the last one.

Miladysa said...

*faint*

That grasshopper is a nightmare with wings!

ivan said...

Nice.

The rain, though heavy, bodes well for Georgia.
Did Atlanta ever get its much-needed rain?

Natural Woman said...

I like the first picture. Grasshoppers? Oh no! I hate bugs. I once managed to get a picture of a preying mantis though.

Chris said...

Great pictures of your hike, too bad it was flooded! I bet the birds don't mind though. Nice close up of the grasshopper, so much wildlife where it is warmer!

Ello said...

LOve the pictures. And I love that grasshopper! I wish I could get one that big to show my kids, the only ones we see around here are pretty small guys!

Lana Gramlich said...

Mark; Thank you for the input. My husband & I both noticed the little vine, so I knew I had a good subject there.

Miladysa; You don't want to see the spiders, then. <:O

Ivan; That's a good question. I never did hear any more beyond the fact that they were desperate for it...

Lana Gramlich said...

Natural woman; I don't mind bugs, so long as they're not on my face.

Chris; Down here in swampy South Louisiana the flooding kind of goes with the territory. Fortunately it seeps in fairly quickly.
I certainly wasn't expecting to see a grasshopper in January, you know? In some ways my brain is still Canada-wired.

Ello; Yes...I was blown away at the size of him! He might have put up a good fight with your kids. *L*

Travis said...

I'm such a wimp...I hate bugs. It's bad enough that we get spiders here, but if I had to deal with huge grasshoppers and crickets?

GAH!

Marvin said...

The hike that should have been a float trip?

Coincidentally, I took a photo of that same species of grasshopper -- and almost that large -- hanging out on the wall of the St. Tammany Parrish Criminal Justice Complex back in November.

Miladysa said...

OMG - No I do not - I would need therapy! :)

nina said...

You have a wonderful eye for beauty--my first visit here, but NOT my last!

Michelle's Spell said...

Beautiful pictures, Lana! It looks like a beautiful place to hike. Even though I don't do that much (every once in a long while I get dragged out into what passes for nature in Detroit), I can definitely enjoy your visual diary of it.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; I'd rather deal with large bugs than Canadian Winter, really.

Marvin; *LOL* Yes...If only we'd had a rubber raft! Had I known you in November I definitely would have met you for a beer. My treat.

Miladysa; *LOL* At least they don't tend to come into the house!

Nina; Thanks for your visit & your kind words. Welcome to my blog! :)

Michelle; Thanks. It is a great place. All the better because it's only about a mile from home!

Shauna Roberts said...

How wonderful to have such a great place to hike so close. The grasshopper was really cool. I've never seen one like that.

oldmanlincoln said...

I am happy that you got a grasshopper picture. I like your photos. I also wanted to thank you for stopping at my bird blog.

david mcmahon said...

My kinda place, Lana,

How big was the grasshopper?

And yep, I enjoyed the depiction of the vine, especially as it was so different.

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; I lived very close to a great hiking spot in Canada, so it was a joy to find this place so close to us here.

Lincoln; I was particularly glad that the grasshopper was so patient with me & didn't decide to jump on my face, as I would have been doing quite a freak out dance then!
I always love to stop by your blog, too. Such lovely photos. Thanks for sharing your little corner of the world. :)

David; The grasshopper was about 4-5" long. The vine almost seemed like it was intentionally bucking the local convention of being so vertical & straight, so I just had to take it's picture. :)

Demon Hunter said...

That grasshopper was so scary! I wonder what it ate to get that big??? :*)

Lana Gramlich said...

DH; Area children. *LOL*

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