Monday, April 12, 2010

~ Sunday Afternoon Hike ~

Yesterday afternoon , Dh and I headed out to one of our state parks (Jordan Lake ) to do a little hiking and bird watching along the lake. The first trail we hiked left me with a lot of emotional turmoil , there was litter everywhere. I guess it was a favorite fishing spot , there were beer bottles , plastic soda bottles , plastic containers that worms come in and fishing line tangles all along the bank of the lake. As I stood there looking around , that image of Iron Eye Cody kept coming to mind , I felt like crying too. It's such a shame that people abuse the land like this. I didn't have a trash bag with me or I would have spent my time cleaning up instead of hiking. There is suppose to be a cleanup on the lake May 8th , I may sign up to help with the cleanup. The second trail wasn't any better , lots of litter and dead fish along the banks. I'm not sure what killed the fish , although I think they may have been stranded along the shore as the water levels went down , but it was a distressing sight. At this point I was ready to go home , but we saw another pull off near some swampy areas and stopped there to check-out an Eagle nest , it was here I felt renewed. We saw 2 eagles flying near the nest , so I hiked down to the edge of the water and watched them. I saw one land on the nest and the other flew into a nearby tree keeping watch over the nest. This area didn't have much litter except along the highway. I took a few pics , but it's times like this I wish I had a camera with a better zoom. After we left this area , we rode out to the mariner area and watched a few boats come in.

We were headed home when Dh took a detour and took me to see a one lane camel back bridge , the bridge still has wooden boards to drive over but they have been replaced recently it appeared. We went down under the bridge and walked to the river , I saw a few interesting plants that I'm trying to i.d. It was beautiful there , no trash , just beautiful lush green plants everywhere. It was great to get away from home a little while and enjoy some new scenery . really enjoyed the last places we visited.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend !!
~ Green Blessings ~


Lib said...

Love the photo's!
Sorry to hear about the trash! I wonder why can't people leave it neat and clean?
We had clean up day wk.end before last.
Have agreat wk.

Vickie LeBlanc said...

Beautiful scenes in those pictures. You are just like me, needing to pick up the trash along the roadsides, rivers, trails, etc. Earth Day is coming up in a few weeks, hopefully a lot of garbage will be picked up.

Anishinaabekwe said...

Great photos! Love the migisi - eagle!

Cheers and Blessings!

Lisa said...

I always figured fishermen were a little more conscientious than that. Sad. I'm glad things picked up. Your photos are wonderful.