Shoal Creek Preserve Tract

On January 23, 2010 I was finally able to visit the lovely Shoal Creek Preserve Tract nature area. It is a wonderful part of the Alabama Forever Wild series of land purchases and management. I was really impressed by the quality of the trails. The trails were well marked and suitable for use by all age groups. Unfortunately, I didn't have much time so I was able to only walk a short distance up the Red Trail. If I could have walked a little farther- I would have reached Shoals Creek- which is a fantastically beautiful creek that flows into the Tennessee River at Florence, AL.

Although it is still the middle of winter here in Alabama, I was able to spot a couple of wildflowers blooming: Dead Nettle and Shepherd's Purse. The Turkey Tail fungi was also very striking.

I am really looking forward to watching the various wildflowers beginning to bloom as Spring advances.

Section of the Red Trail (be sure to click on the image to see the full size photo- the trail just draws you to want to see what is around the bend)

Judas Ear Fungi Auricularia auricula-judae
Turkey Tail Fungi Trametes versicolor

Dead Nettle Lamium purpureum

Shepherd's Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris


Eve said...

I'm so glad you got out there Daniel! I'm sure I'll get there someday. I love the Turkey Tail Fungi! Now that I see the Shepherd's Purse from the top I know that I've seen it here!
I think there's some growing in my garden as I type!! I also have Dead Nettle out in my yard too!
Great photos, thanks!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hey Daniel! I'm so pleased to see you posting your wonderful travel-blogs again. We love taking adventures with you. Shoal Creek Preserve Tract looks like a place I need to visit next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Thanks for the post and tell the family HELLO!