Female Moose

Moose closeup 1446.jpgMoose are plentiful in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Too plentiful. They forage the young spruce and destroy them. A few years ago, spruce budworm decimated the spruce in some areas. The moose retard the reforestation and create unusual savannah biomes which lead to erosion.

Park Central

Park Central Hotel3 dfine .jpgSouth Beach, Miami is a different part of the world. An island of affluence, tourist bars, strippers, and wild times. Once the quiet refuge of New York snowbirds, the art deco hotels are now the sites of night clubs, trendy bars and beautiful denizens of the good life.

Natchez Trace

Sunken trace duplex vibr 0982 .jpgThe Natchez Trace ran from Natchez, Mississippi, on the Mississippi River to Nashville, Tennessee. Originally used by Native Americans, it became a 440 mile trail for settlers, military, and freight before the steamboats usurped it. This is a sunken section where the trail has worn down much deeper than originally. Likely it was mostly muddy in sections like this with water running through.  Although bucolic now, it was an arduous route with heat, disease, mosquitoes, and highwaymen. This section is near the extinct town of Rocky Springs, Mississippi.

Alligator Lake

sunset alligator lake 7949 .jpgAlligator Lake in the Mississippi delta, near Hollandale, Mississippi. That’s a cypress tree, and the small raised structures are cypress “knees”. For a long time, these were thought to provide oxygen to the tree when the other roots were underwater. Science indicates not. Likely they are mechanical structures to keep the tree upright in the muddy lake bottom. The lake does contain alligators, but they weren’t visible when we were there. There is a large fish population which can’t be eaten because of the high levels of pesticides in the water from extensive nearby corn, soybean, rice and other agribusiness.