Archive for March, 2016

Tuskegee National Forest

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After visiting the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge I drove to the Tuskegee National Forest, in Macon County, Alabama to do a little hiking.  At just over 11,000 acres, Tuskegee is the smallest National Forest within the system.

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I crossed over a number of small streams like this one.  I hiked along the Bartram Trail, about 1 1/2 hours in and then came back out the same way.

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The baby pine trees remind me of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  This one appears to have survived a controlled burn.  The smell of smoke is ever present throughout southeastern Alabama as there are a lot of controlled burns going on in the commercial logging properties.

 

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Although most of the forest looked like it is still in the full throes of winter, there are signs of spring, if you look closely enough.

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge

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This morning I visited the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Barbour County, Alabama.  The refuge is made up of mostly marshlands on both sides of the Chattahoochee River.

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The river itself is the dividing line between Alabama and Georgia along the southern 1/3 or so of both states.

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I saw a few ducks and a few birds.  I saw one alligator, but it slinked back into the water before I could get a picture.

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I think this would have made a good setting for one of those 1950’s swamp creature movies.

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If I had come just a month sooner I would have missed most of what I saw today.  Most of the scenic parts of the “Wildlife Drive” are closed from mid November until March 1.  There was a short hiking trail but all the scenery worth taking in was along the auto route.

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