Eastern Sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus) was in bloom near the shoreline.
On a smaller scale Dwarf Sundew (Drosera brevifolia) was about to bloom. This wetland plant supplements its need for nutrition by capturing and digesting insects. The yellow circle highlights one insect being eaten by the Sundew after it got stuck on the sticky droplets.
Fishing spiders are frequently seen on trees next to the water. Yes, these spiders capture and eat minnows.
What scares some people is just how big fishing spiders can get. This spider that was about 8 inches from leg tip to leg tip.
The fishing spiders do not bother me. What does is the storm water trash.
Motorized litter removal boats cannot reach this trash. This floating trash in Rabbit Creek can only be accessed by canoe or kayak. Unfortunately I know of no effective program in Mobile that regularly removes trash accumulations from upper creeks and tributaries. The City of Mobile, Mobile County, the State of Alabama, and all the environmental groups just ignore the waterway pollution even though some of it may be hazardous to public health and marine life.