Forces of nature

Box turtle posing

Our good friends D&K took us on an easy hike-wander during which we saw many plants and flowers, and disparate evidence of human land use over the years. The canopy was thick enough—that is, the leaves were emerged enough—that we were almost entirely in shade. The woods were wet from the rain rain rain, as recently as yesterday. Other than birds and insects, this turtle was perhaps the only critter sighting during our ramble afoot.

From Dowdell’s Knob, we could see the swath of downed trees left by the winds almost exactly three years ago—the same storm system that caused so much destruction in Tuscaloosa—and many more places.


  1. OOTF says:

    Beautiful pattern on his/her shell. I wonder how many critters you passed by but didn’t see, like go go snakes? Remember the go go snake?

  2. Sherry says:

    Is that an eastern box turtle or a relation? They are listed as state endangered here.