A visit to Six Mile Cypress Slough.
Here is the Merriam-Webster definition of the word Slough:
Definition of slough. 1a : a place of deep mud or mire or less commonly slew or slue \ˈslü\ (1) : swamp (2) : an inlet on a river; also : backwater (3) : a creek in a marsh or tide flat. 2 : a state of moral degradation or spiritual dejection.
While sadly it would be apt these days to write about the last meaning, today (as usual) in an effort to stay happy in spite of the news, I am blogging about the first definition: a swamp.
Six-Mile is a place we visit several times every year, but it never gets old.
Different times of day, different light, different seasons -- all of it changes what you see and hear ...
and each visit is different.
Even if you don't wait a long time -- something happens in the Slough as long as you walk quietly.
Below are some things that happened while we were there this time:
(From top left: Ten little turtles sitting on a log, Egret almost sitting on the head of a friend; pied-billed grebe,two different immature night herons -- in two different lights)
This beautiful County Preserve is an easy drive for us -- we don't have to plan on spending all day when we go.
All of these pictures (and many more) were taken during a two-hour walk late Saturday afternoon.
Black-crowned Night Heron
My favorite bird shot of the day.
It looks as if water-loving hobbits or elves could be living here.
(These are really Cypress Trees and Cypress Knees)
WITH thanks to all of our generous hosts.