John Grego, 05/28/2008
I set out from Kingville junction May 26, 2008 to look for the "Jim Elder cypress" recently rediscovered by John Cely after 30 years (look for a story on this tree in an upcoming newsletter). As it turned out, I had misunderstood John and went looking in entirely the wrong direction--the cypress will have to wait for another trip.
I first set out west toward Tom's slough. The Park Service had recently burned these woods with some success; the undercover was easy to move through, and there was a pleasant sprinkling of wildflowers, including beard-tongue, sundrops, skullcap, sneezeweed and phlox. Most of my attempts at pictures were failures, with the exception of sundrops. Upon reaching Tom's Slough, I headed south along a jeep road; there's an old groundwater-monitoring station en route. The jeep road eventually disappears, though the edge of the slough is easy to follow, and you find yourself leaving the 1980's-era Georgia-Pacific clearcut and walking through an attractive hardwood forest.
I cut west along a small slough to Huger's Slough, which I followed to Huger's Little Lake; there is an attractive and very old cypress to rest under at the western end. Looking at the new version of John Cely's map (which I didn't have at the time), the Jim Elder cypress was only a few hundred yards further to the east. Not any the wiser, I cut north to the jeep road back to Kingville which, as usual, had no shortage of both hog sign and actual hogs.
Birding was quite good, though I had hoped I might run into some late migrants.
Yet another box turtle photo
Sundrops and other wildflowers were plentiful in the recently-burned forest
A rubbing tree near the hog wallow
A feral hog wallow
Jun 11, 2008 by Edward Kujawski
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