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Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Town Monday; Evening Hike at the Flatwoods & Etc. Bird News

I went for a hike at the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve after work the other day. It's about a mile from our house & is maintained & protected by The Nature Conservancy. Just as a rainforest couldn't live without rain, our pine forests couldn't live without fire. TNC goes through this area regularly & sets prescribed fires. I could see they'd done this area not too long ago;


Despite the recent burn (or perhaps because of it,) the yellow pitcher plants were everywhere.


I was also delighted to see a pair of brown-headed nuthatches, who rely on our pine forests as much as the forests rely on fire. Although we had a group of them around our house when we first moved here, they seem to have moved on over the past year--our sightings here are scarce now, at best. Listed on the Audubon WatchList, logging is decimating their numbers significantly.


A couple of obligatory sunset shots from the end of my hike;



In other news, our last chipping & white-throated sparrows are headed back north & a brown thrasher has been doing it's thing in our yard the past couple of days. These birds nest & feed on the ground & although we had a pair with 3 chicks last year, the floods caused by Hurricane Gustav were the last we'd seen of them.

My Town Monday is the brainchild of Travis Erwin.

24 comments:

Travis said...

Those sunset photos were stunning. I find it fascinating that we live in such different geographic locations with vastly divergent climates, and yet we share the commonality of pine trees.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm going to add this to the MTM group this week.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sorry I missed that walk with you. DAng school meetings.

Lauren said...

Those cloud pics are absolutely amazing.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

Beautiful photos as always! The walk must have been incredible.

Dave Coulter said...

What cool shots....I loved those pitcher plants!

debra said...

Lana: wonderful photos. Thanks for posting.

Erik Donald France said...

Really gorgeous shots and scapes. Whoah!

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Like many another romantic, I always hear more than the band is playing. I see the nuthatches all right,but I'm especially taken by the textrure of the (Louisiana?) pine boughs. No northern pines these. Seems the trees are almost trying to be cactuses. Climate?
That's a good camera.

JR's Thumbprints said...

As it warms up here in Michigan, I've been taking more walks along the water. The dog has been enjoying it too.

BTW, nice panoramic shot in the first pic.

Phillip Minnis said...

Hi Lana

You have some fantastic shots in your blog!

Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Well, all I can say is that selling my work on Microstock Photography sites has been most rewarding for me!

If you decide to sell your work on microstock sites, I'd urge you to start uploading to the any one (or all) of the sites where I achieve the best results. I've got them listed in order of sales, on my site. If you start to do well on those sites, then, maybe, join the other sites, where I achieve far less sales, for some 'back-up' sales.

Cheers

Phil

ARCHAVIST said...

Truly stunning sunsets.

Lisa said...

It's amazing how quickly things grow after a fire. Gorgeous shots, Lana! I especially love the one of the light rays in the sky (second from bottom).

Miladysa said...

Ditto Dave "cool" :D

I had no idea about pine forests and prescribed fires - you learn something every day.

Barbara Martin said...

Interesting post, Lana, combined with photos and background information.

Omar Modesto said...

Those sunset photos are really great!

Cloudia said...

Awesome skies, Lana!
Aloha

Larry said...

I don't know if you live in an area where the sky is always magical or you just have an artist' knack of capturing a beautiful sky.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Thank you! Pines are certainly prolific. The slash & loblolly pines here are much different than those we had in Canada, of course. I was surprised to learn, years ago, that the largest pine forests in the US were in Arizona (unfortunately that area subsequently suffered from a massive wildfire, but I suspect it's bouncing back.)

Travis E.; Thank you! Will link you back.

Charles; Fear not, we have many other walks yet together. :)

Lauren, debra, Erik, ARCHAVIST, Omar & Cloudia; Thank you!

Michelle; Thanks! Yes, it was a good time, as all times in nature are. :)

Dave; Thank you. We love all of the carnivorous plants, too. We even found yellow pitchers growing in our own neighborhood.

Ivan; Yes, they certainly are different from northern pines. Different pines for different climes, I suppose. I'm very happy with the camera, too. Best gift I ever bought myself!

JR; Thank you. I love the water, myself. I know I couldn't live far from a large body of it. Glad that Spring's finally reaching you!

Phillip; Thanks for the kind comments & for the tips at your blog, too. I appreciate your input. I'll definitely be doing more research in that vein.

Lisa; Thanks. Yes, I'm always pleased to see how fast the bright green pushes back up, out through the scorched ground! Like Malcolm said in Jurassic Park; Life finds a way!

Miladysa; Thank you. I'm glad to have enlightened you. :)

Barbara; Thanks. Sometimes I forget that not all of my readers are "regular," & that I should reiterate things from time to time!

Larry; Thank you. :) I think it's a combination. I'm often blown away by the cloud formations here (pardon the pun!)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Lana - another gorgeous bunch of photos!!

Lynda Lehmann said...

As always, beautiful skies and scenery, Lana!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle & Lynda; Thanks much. :)

earthtoholly said...

Wow. You have such amazing sunsets there. Really nice and I like those silhouettes. And your second pic there...it almost looks like you painted it! Nice.

Lana Gramlich said...

holly; Thank you. The cloud formations in this part of the world are truly stunning at times!

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