|The racing's over and we're heading back in...|
|Non-wading cranes at the Port of Savannah|
Yesterday afternoon I explored the Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge, which is in South Carolina, just up the river from Savannah. There are miles of hiking (and biking) trails and we spent the afternoon walking along the dikes that crisscross through the wetlands. For some reason, I forgot to bring a pair of bincolars and a bird book, but there were lots of ducks and a few cranes, herons, hawks and buzzards, along with a few alligators enjoying the warm winter day. Although you felt all alone, in the distance you were reminded that you weren't far from civilization as the loading cranes (as opposed to the wading kind) at the Savannah ports along with the industrial plants such as International Paper (thankfully the wind wasn't from the south!) were visible.
|This canal (for some reason) was a reddish-brown |
and even this gator was stained by the water
The highlights of the day had to be the armadillos. These guys aren't afraid of anything and would continue digging in their search of food and ignored me with the camera, allowing me to get close shots. It is interesting to see the hair on the back of armor which I was close enough to see. One did run away and went straight into the briers, the armor protecting him. Even a rabbit might leave behind a bit of fur, but this guy just slide on through.
|In the distance is the US 17 bridge over the Savannah River|
|International Paper Mill|
|An island hammock with ducks flying|