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Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Hike at Northlake

One of my favorite, local hiking spots is Northlake Nature Center. We haven't been here since late May. Since we were in the area shortly before sunset yesterday, we treated ourselves to a long overdue hike...

There's an anole on the wood left of the words "Nature Center," more visible if you click on the picture to blow it up. Today we hiked on the Eagle Trail.
The boardwalk had recently been repaired. A tree had fallen across part of it (probably during Hurricane Gustav.)


American Beautyberries were everywhere.

The mystery has finally been solved! This is the horrendously invasive Chinese tallow tree.


We saw quite a few ducks, including some that looked like black ducks.

25 comments:

Mark said...

Looks like a terrific spot Lana. Seems there are a lot of different environments to walk through as well.

laughingwolf said...

love it, but do you not get bit silly by skeeters?

letspaintnature.com said...

What a lovely walk! I adore the boardwalk...we don't have too many out here. What a nice afternoon.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Oh these are wonderful! The blueberries look amazing, and I really love that last photo with the reflection in the water. I love this time of year!

Charles Gramlich said...

We had some skeeter issues but it wasn't as bad as we feared it would be. We've had some cool weather here and are hoping for more to beat back the skeeters.

Steve Malley said...

Awwwwww yeahhhh. That is *so* beautiful!

lyzzydee said...

American Beautyberries, They look lovely!!! Never heard of them before,.

Miladysa said...

The pathway and swamp photographs are very atmospheric.

Lana Gramlich said...

mark; Yes. It's a wonderful place, all in all. We've seen deer, snakes, all kinds of birds, turtles, dragonflies. Allegedly there's alligators & beavers in there, too. No luck seeing them yet, though.

laughingwolf; To be honest, since they spray down here for skeeters, I had worse skeeter problems when I lived in Canada! Besides, I consider skeeters a minor inconvenience for the benefits I get from a nice, relaxing nature hike. Not to mention that "Deep Woods Off" doesn't hurt, either. *L*

chris; Being a generally marshy/swampy area, almost everywhere here has boardwalks. It's the only way people could reasonably access these areas, y'know?

drowsey & lyzzydee; Thanks. The first time I saw beautyberries (in Austin during our Katrina evacuation,) I fell in love with them. Such bright, lovely blotches of color that also serve to feed the local critters.

charles; Skeeters are no distraction from the perfection of your love, anyway.

steve; I'd spend all day every day here if I could, really. I was so delighted to "discover" it after we moved here. It's also across the street from a state park & not far from a National Wildlife Preserve, so the whole area's chock full of great places.

miladysa; Thank you. :)

laughingwolf said...

true... but too much DEET is not good for anyone :(

JR's Thumbprints said...

I've always liked being in nature. I wish I had more time for it; instead of the usual hustle and bustle about suburia. I'm sure as I get older, I'll frequent the woods more often.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

Beautiful pictures of your hiking spot! I love the twilight stuff --do you ever spot any creepy snakes? Whenever I go hiking, I almost always hear or see one, which keeps me in the city proper!

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Neither is eating, breathing or drinking these days. C'est la vie.

jr; Nature rocks (pardon the pun.) I lived in Toronto for a year & it just about killed me.

michelle; Thanks. Yes, we see snakes on occassion--some of them deadly poisonous. Since we know they're "out there," we just keep a keen eye out. They tend to slither away as soon as they here us, anyway. Still trying to get a picture of one/some.

Dexter said...

Haha, thank you for the respond.

You are very talented photograper. I love the reflection. It is very nice.

Thank you again, for giving me chances to see many beutiful pictures. Great!

laughingwolf said...

c'est vrai :(

T.R. said...

Talk about the faraway, nearby -- oh how I'd love to spend a day there. What an exotic, enticing beauty you have there.

Lana Gramlich said...

dexter; Thank you! Glad you enjoyed my photos. :)

laughingwolf; To be honest, I don't use Off even half as much as I did when I was in Canada. I'm not too bad about tolerating skeeters. ;)

t.r.; We're lucky in that this is but one of quite a few natural areas all around us. I count that blessing every day. Let me know if you're ever in the area--I'd be glad to introduce you to this magical spot. :)

roadgurl5 said...

Wow, what a nice hike and the pics are great! American Beautyberry...I've seen that in a nearby park and wondered what it was...now I know!

Lana Gramlich said...

roadgurl5; Thanks, much! Yes, I find one of the many benefits of blogging is meeting people that can help ID stuff. Glad I was able to help you with these. ;)

Dave Coulter said...

Look like a nice spot! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

dave; It's really awesome. :)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

The photos are breathtaking!!

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle; Thanks. :)

Larry said...

Cool looking place.-That swamp photo reminds me of a scene from Stephen King's Creepshow.-

Lana Gramlich said...

larry; Yes, Georgie, the "Swamp Thing." *shiver*

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