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Monday, February 14, 2011

Lake Ramsay Preserve

The weather was decent yesterday, so Charles and I went to The Nature Conservancy's Lake Ramsay Preserve.

Delicate seed pods (for what, I couldn't say.)

Out in the longleaf pine savanna, the last stand of such mature trees in the Florida parishes. I love it out here--it's just beautiful.

A few weeks ago Charles & I helped plant longleaf pines at the Flatwoods near our house. We won't live to see them grow this tall, but I'm glad that we helped the cause.

I had to take a picture of the smilin' log.

The creek here runs into the Tchefuncte River a few miles away.

Among the birds we saw or heard were red-bellied woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, American crows, a Carolina wren, a hairy woodpecker, tufted titmice and a Carolina chickadee. We also heard a couple of critters moving through the underbrush--perhaps a 9-banded armadillo and/or a rat bastard.

In other, good news, temperatures are headed upward over the next few days. The forecast for Thursday is 72F. Spring is finally on its way...yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeHAH!

23 comments:

timethief said...

The seed pods are so beautiful and the gle you took the shot free exphasizes their fragility. I would love to go walking in the forest with you.

timethief said...

Let's clean up that gibberish.

The seed pods are so beautiful and the angle you took the shot grom exphasizes their fragility. I would love to go walking in the forest with you.

Maalie said...

Lana, yoiu runcible thing, you are tempting me to visit Florida again :-)

troutbirder said...

I plant oaks with the same thought... for future generations. And 70+ degrees. Send some this way. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah for the temps! Despite your mention of the Sn** word

Lana Gramlich said...

TT; Thanks hon. That's very sweet of you. :) *hug*

Maalie; I had to look up "runcible." *LOL* I see that it's a perfectly cromulent word. ;) No need to revisit Florida, hon--For a "change" you can come down here to Louisiana, which looks & feels a whole LOT like Florida, without being Florida, itself. *L*

troutbirder; Cool on the oaks, hon. Tree planting is only ever a good thing. :) Believe me when I say I wish I could send our impending nice weather EVERYWHERE. Most of the country have suffered horribly this Winter. :(

Charles; I guess I got a rare pass this time around! *whew*

Erik Donald France said...

The Pods: Oh my God, it's an invasion of Tiny Smiling Lady Gagas! :->

Seriously, cool shots~~

debra said...

The ice was melting here, today, although it's supposed to be around 17 tonight. Typical February in these parts. We have signs of spring, though. Swelling buds and spring songs of birds.

Travis Cody said...

Love the smiling log!

Kelly said...

Beautiful pictures that reminds me spring is on the way. We still have plenty of snow on the ground up here if you want some of it. I noticed you didn't have any in the pictures you took. I bet you're saying, "Darn it" about that. :-)

I thought a rat bastard was some kind of mythical creature. My grandpa used to call my uncle a rat bastard. I didn't know he thought of him as a squirrel. Learn something new every day. lol.

Cloudia said...

Your photos made me smile like a guileless log!




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Halcyon said...

Aren't you glad we're finally getting some sun?! :)

Great shots. We have those kinds of pines in our neighborhood. They are beautiful and give so much character.

Lana Gramlich said...

Erik; Thanks, hon. :)

debra; Yes, we saw buds at Lake Ramsay, too. I feel so much better! Amazing the effect that weather can have on one's well being...

Travis C.; I hope it makes up for previous sp*der shots. ;)

Kelly; Fortunately sn*w's a rare thing here in the New Orleans area. *whew* As for saying "darn it," as you can see, I won't even write out or speak the word "sn*w" in its entirety, less I invoke it. *L* As for the rat bastards, I WISH they were mythical! As someone who feeds the local birds, they are my sworn enemy!

Cloudia; Thanks.

Halcyon; The better weather has had me virtually skipping down the street, believe me! We're surrounded by similar slash or loblolly pines where we live, but most of the longleaves are unfortunately gone. 98% of all of the longleaf pines in the U.S. are gone, actually, a victim of the South's "reparations" after losing the Civil War. Kind of frightening statistic...

Leovi said...

Great series I love the composition and tones of the first.

Lana Gramlich said...

Leovi; Thank you kindly. :) Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Daniel White said...

Wow, those are just beautiful pictures. Love them all!

PhotoDiction said...

I very much like the shot of those seed pods. They are so wonderfully symmetrical and you really wonder how they can survive as they look so delicate.

I'm looking very froward to spring as well. The cold weather here keeps me inside longer than I want :)

benrie kasper said...

Beautiful shots Lana, it has actually warmed up here as well into the 70's short lived though I am afraid, back to cold and snow the first of the week !!

Lana Gramlich said...

Daniel; Thank you kindly. :)

PhotoDiction; Thanks, hon. The seed pods felt almost like stiff tissue paper. I actually spoke w/my husband about how amazing it seemed to me that they've survived like that. If our weather's any indication (& I hope it is,) Spring won't be long! ;)

bernie; Sorry you only got a tease of warmer weather. It's been nice here for about a week now. I just hope we don't dip down again. I'm so tired of the cold, gray, wetness!

nina kuriloff said...

lovely seed pods!

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, Nina. There were quite a few of them all around. Someday I hope to learn what they are!

Marvin said...

Really cool shots of the seed pods. I like the shot of the creek too -- well, actually, I like them all. Great work, Lana.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, Marvin. It's a really nice area.

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