Friday, April 30, 2010

04/30/2010 - Rabbit Creek

Launch: John's (near Rangeline Road)
Destination: Rabbit Creek - a really beautiful creek.

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1) To kayak the upper reaches of Rabbit Creek requires getting over or around this fallen tree. Since it has a dual trunk, it's easy to stand on. Took me 2 minutes to get out, swing the kayak over to the other side, and get back in. Despite windy conditions, hardly a breeze could be detected in upper Rabbit Creek due to dense tree cover. Didn't see many animals on this 6 mile round trip but the flowering plants were interesting.

2) What might first appear to be Titi looks like Virginia Willow (Itea virginica).

3) For those who like to get close to shore, these leaves could cause you trouble (Poison Ivy). Note that the end leaf has a stem and that the two side leaves without a stem are not symmetrical.

4) A sedge flower.

5) Sweet Shrub, Sweet Betsy or Carolina Allspice (Not related to the spice) (Calycanthus floridus). Not a very colorful flower but it is known for its scent. Even though the name is enticing, don't eat this plant (not that you around munching on wild plants...)

6) This tree is an American Snowbell (Styrax americanus) - first one I've ever seen. The flowers hang down so in this photo, you are looking at the bottom of the leaves.

7) Possumhaw or Blackhaw (Viburnum species).

8) A Convict Caterpillar (striped outfit). This caterpillar (of the Spanish Moth) likes to eat spider lilies. Higher than normal tides has this caterpillar in trouble of drowning.

9) Not all the spider lilies had caterpillars on them.

10) This is a Pale Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia alata).

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