Thursday, February 05, 2009

Icy Day!

We arrived at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest and the temperature was still below freezing. Cold enough that our DSL modem would not connect us to the outside world, so we headed out on the boardwalk to photograph swamp ice. After a few steps down the boardwalk, it was obvious that ice would be the only thing we would be photographing as the frozen deck boards cracked loudly with each footfall.

The cold did drive out a pair of normally-nocturnal racoons. One was apparently fishing in the water, while the younger-looking raccoon was exploring the area outside a dead, hollow bald cypress tree. After a few pictures, the raccoon retreated into the relative safety of the hollow tree.

We retreated into the relative warmth of the nature center!

Images by Mark Musselman

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