Sunday, April 11, 2010

2009-10 Winter Tana Tour, Gulf State Park, The Walk With Friends

After our lunch at Tacky Jack's, John, Donna, Man and I went back to Gulf State Park and went for a walk.  The area we were walking recently had a controlled burn.   We understand that a controlled burn will allow some plants to flourish, some actually need the fire to pop out of their seeds.  A controlled burn also gets rid of some plants that for a variety of reasons are considered less than desireable.  You would think it is ugly right after a burn, and for the most part, that is true, but, if  you look just a little harder, there is some beauty that comes from the fire.

Hurricane Ivan did a lot of damage to homes and businesses, but, with 6 foot of salt water IN the state park, there was also a huge loss of trees and plants.  This is pine that basically drown in the sea water that flooded the park.

The park is replanting, here is a new tree, planted just weeks ago.
Yea, I know, really small, but, it won't be long and it will be tall and beautiful

Below, beauty in the smallest.

Below, this area was also flooded by Hurricane Ivan.  The pine trees are about 6 to 10 foot tall, they all are new growth since the storm.  I think if I were camping at Gulf State Park I might have to bring my chair and have a nice long sit here.

* My apologies for the skipping order of the blog posts this week.  The posts are skipping around, I sorta relate!  Skipping from state to state, on our run north.

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence.

1 comment:

Greta Koehl said...

Great response to a great challenge - finding beauty in devastation. Awesome.