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.