Naval Live Oaks
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I spent yesterday wondering around Gulf Islands National Seashore-Naval Live Oaks Unit. The old grove of Live Oaks was set aside years ago to have timber to build the old warships. Live Oaks are tough wood and the old ships like the USS Consitution were built from the branches. Now it is a small part of GINS and protected by department of interior.
Here is a part of the trail.
The old relic dune line has captured debris from past Florida Hurricanes but mostly 2004 Ivan the terrible.
I found a few nice birds including the Sanderling.
Snowy Egrets along the shore line.
The trails are lined with Wax Myrtles which are loaded with wax berries.
And the Yellow-rumped Warblers(Myrtle Warblers) are eating the berries.
Carolina Chickadees were everywhere as well.