Thursday, April 22, 2010

2009-10 Winter Tana Tour, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Reserve Area

Just days before we headed north we drove over to the Weeks Bay area.  We wanted to revisit the bog to see if the pitcher plants were blooming.  Alas, the hard winter had them weeks behind, and all we managed to see were some buds, it would be another 7 to 14 days before they would bloom.

So, we decided to run over the the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. We had not been to the site on the west side of Fish River, with the nature center.  We had talked about it, had not done it, here was our chance.  They have a interpretive center building, which houses displays of wildlife (displays are not mmmmm, not alive, but preserved, eh?) that are native the area, classrooms, and even  few baby alligators that are alive.  There is also an interpretive boardwalk, which is where we decided to spend the bulk of our time.  I took photos, about 55 photos in the Weeks Bay area.

This first photo was actually taken in Magnolia Springs along the road that had those magnificient live oaks.  Enjoy:

Above:  Bracken, growing in the bog area.

Above, 2 photos of this unidentified blooming bush.  There was a LOT of this on the Interpretive Walk, but, I neglected to record the name.  I am sure my good friends will be able to help me out.  Reminds me of azalea.

Above:  This vivid azalea was in front of the interpretive center building.

After an enjoyable stroll along the boardwalk we decided to spend the rest of our day in Fairhope, I'll share that with you in another post.

Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Lovely as usual. The orange could be the Flame Azalea, used to see them in VA, but not in MA. Looking forward to more, since you promissed.