A Walk With The “Wildlife.”

Yesterday morning I played hooky and headed off to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. My hope was to enjoy seeing some wildlife AND to escape the wildness of life for awhile. I have to say that the wildest creatures I encountered were the 400,000 children (slight exaggeration) who were there on field trips; but despite the loud little people, it was still a rather peaceful and pleasant outing.

The park has about five miles of wooded paths; I chose to start at the Kingfisher Trail, which meanders along the far side of the lake. As commonly occurs, my first photos were of turtles sunning themselves on logs – like this fellow…

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…and of the Mallards that seem to be permanent park residents.

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As I was walking, taking pictures of leaves and flowers and bugs and birds and whatever else captured my attention, I kept hearing a hawk squawking from somewhere up in the tree tops. He was staying pretty well hidden, but eventually he took pity on me and landed on a nearby branch just long enough for me to click off a couple shots with my camera. He is rather regal looking, don’t you think?

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I think my favorite photos of the day were of the butterflies.

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I have to say, God made a masterpiece when He painted those wings!

I am hoping to go back when the fall leaves really start changing colors. So stay tuned for more pictures of turtles and ducks, and hopefully a bird or two.

 

 

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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4 Responses to A Walk With The “Wildlife.”

  1. Awesome reflection in that turtle photo, and the butterflies are fab!

  2. Sue says:

    Wonderful shots, especially the hawk–you can really see his/her red shoulder!

  3. Beautiful photos of a lovely walk. I especially love the hawk – well, really, I love them all! What camera and lens do you use?

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