Wednesday, March 30, 2016
One of My Favorite Places
Some people see the landscape above and think of bugs, alligators, snakes, mud and bad smells. On the right is the bridge to Hilton Head, South Carolina. While Hilton Head is condos, hotels, million dollar homes, golf courses, and restaurants, the place where I am standing when I took this photo is an island preserve called Pinkney. It is a precious island of swamp, marsh grass, freshwater ponds, and hardwoods that shelter the bugs that birds eat, the baby fish that lots of things eat, the migratory waterfowl, and of course, gaters. It is a very rich and unforgiving place. We take our bikes and ride the miles of gravel, tree root bumpy trails. We get down close and personal with hatching egrets, re-awakening alligators and just a few tiny bugs that annoy. It is one of our favorite haunts in spring and is hot but tolerable in summer.
In the distance that black spot is probably a coot. And below is my first "gater" of the season. He was about three feet and very somnambulant.