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Rock Spring Nature Walk

crossing the creek

 

September is hummingbird migration time, and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird travels through our neck of the woods in large numbers.  In fact, you might remember several weeks ago that my girls had the unique experience of holding one!  One of the hummingbirds’ favorite spots is a place on the Natchez Trace Parkway that is just a little drive from our home.  The spot is called Rock Spring, and jewelweed grows profusely along the water there.  Hummingbirds love jewelweed! 

A couple of weeks ago, we drove down to Rock Spring on a Friday evening to see if we could observe some of the little birds in action.  It was already getting dusky-dark by the time we got there, and we have figured out after going late in the evening two years in a row that evening is not the best time to see hummingbirds.  Although we saw a few hummers, we didn’t see nearly the number we expected.

However, we did see a few other things that made the drive worthwhile!

We saw fog, which was perfect since we had just read Hide and Seek Fog (my thoughts here).

fog

We saw jewelweed, of course, which is a very interesting looking plant.

jewelweed

jewelweed, closeup

We even saw an large, older beaver dam which we remembered from our trip last year.

beaver dam, large

We were surprised, however, to see a smaller beaver dam this year!  These fellows have been hard at work!  I love how the spring is already diverting around the dam.

beaver dam, small

By the time we got to the end of the trail, night had come to the woods and it was too dark for me to get any good pictures of the girls throwing rocks into the spring.  It was a good evening of family togetherness and being out in  God’s beautiful creation, even if we didn’t see many hummingbirds!

jewelweed and beaver dam

Next year we’ll have to remember to make this a day trip!

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3 Responses

  1. Gorgeous pics! I especially love the fog one.

  2. Love Rock Springs – glad you had a good time!

  3. The fog picture is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

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