Hi! My name is Ms. McCullagh. I will continue to post nature related photos and videos on this great outlet - thank you, Earthwatch! I traveled with Earthwatch to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area

We explored the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area yesterday, and discovered amazing history and beauty.

The Fort Gadsden site on the river was wonderfully quiet and green, even on the cold December day.

The elevated earthworks ramparts are still walkable, and the views of the river make it evident why this location was chosen for the fort.

The Cypress along the river's edge were accompanied by the forest of Cypress knees in abundance.

The Spanish Moss hanging from the Live Oaks and the Sweetgum trees gave an ethereal quality to the landscape scene.

We also found Sand Beach, a picnic area with an observation tower from which we surveyed the East Bay at sunset - what a sight!

Even as the breezes blew the 35 degree air, we are warmed by the beautiful colors of the fading sun in the west.

We even spied bear scat on the observation tower, so we kept sharp eyes out for wildlife of the ursine variety!

The deer hunters were on the roads all day with their radio-collared dogs. We were inclined to think that wasn't the most sporting way to hunt, but we didn't tell the hunters our opinion...

We are bound for St. Marks Wildlife Preserve on Thursday, so more great photos of the area are to follow!

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