Treebeard and I went for a wonder in the woods this morning. You know about wondering in the woods -- "Wonder how come that tree grew that way...Wonder what critter dug that hole...Wonder how we're gonna get across that mucky spot..."

Below are a few of our wonders.

An American holly growing in a baldcypress "planter"

A shelf fungus that grew around a briar cane.

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Squeeze play -- two American beeches putting the squeeze on a sourwood

A little higher up, the trees aren't so tight.

An old beech just not ready to call it quits. Note the sproutings from the stump.

A crayfish looking for a little stability in life...

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He built his chimney between two cypress knees

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Back at the house, looks like we've got squatters! Bet it's a vulture or two using the chimney top for a roosting site. Wonder if they make diapers for vultures ;)

This first day of February is beautiful here in the swamp.
The weather predictions for the rest of the week don't sound so promising.
I'm off to refresher training first thing tomorrow and won't return until Thursday night. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it doesn't snow on us while we are requalifying with our firearms. I really hate shooting prone in the snow ;)


Anonymous said...

Swampy- Belated Anniversary wishes to you and Treebeard. Loved this latest batch of photos. It inspires me to get my butt out on the trails and take some photos.

swamp4me said...

You should definitely get out and get some photos - and then post them so we can see them! Time to share some Texas with the rest of us ;)

KaHolly said...

As always, a delightful read while I sip my morning coffee and await the sunrise. I agree about the TX pictures!! Let's see some.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*notices there is not enough ice in these photos and schedules large shipments to be sent Swampy's way*

denapple said...

"Wonder walk" - what a great phrase to describe a walk in the woods. We wonder as we wander too, especially when we find scat or prints, since we don't know what they are!

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nina said...

There;s something very encouraging about that stump's new growth.
Very wonder-ful.

swamp4me said...

Please keep your ice. I'm old and might fall down and break my hip ;)
And could you buy me one of them Nikon thingies???

We spend a lot of time wondering, too. Isn't it fun?

I love trees that simply refuse to give up.