Entries by Steve Jones

Lake Wheeler Autumn Tour of Joe Wheeler State Park

I visited Joe Wheeler State Park October 19, 2022, touring the Park by pontoon boat the afternoon ahead of our quarterly Alabama State Parks Foundation Board meeting. I offer this Post as a view of the Park from Lake Wheeler. Don’t look for my occasionally heavy narrative explaining the Nature of a trail or a […]

A Land Legacy Gift Ahead for Wild Alabama

October 28, 2022, I visited a Lawrence County woodland property that the owners are donating to Wild Alabama, whose mission is to inspire people to enjoy, value, and protect the wild places in Alabama. Headquartered in Moulton, Wild Alabama (http://www.wildal.org) launched on January 1, 2021 with Maggie Johnston (maggie@wildal.org) as Executive Director. Maggie led our […]

Alabama’s Lake Point State Park; Natural Forest Features

I enjoyed my first visit to Lakepoint State Park the afternoon of October 12, 2022 through departure early on the 15th. I focus this Post on special hardwood forest features I encountered along my several hikes. I’ve grown to increasingly appreciate the intense competition among dominant and co-dominant trees for full sunlight in the canopy […]

Dallas Fanning Nature Preserve

Friend and fellow Nature-enthusiast Jim Chamberlain and I visited Huntsville, Alabama’s Dallas Fanning Nature Preserve November 28, 2022. This was the first time either of us had explored the 58-acre preserve. I had no preconceived notions of what to expect. I offer photographs, observations, and initial reactions. Trailhead   An ample gravel parking lot (the […]

Special Features at Auburn University’s Solon Dixon Forestry Center

The afternoon of October 15, 2022 and the following morning I visited the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center with old friends Rhett Johnson, retired Center Director, and Emmett Thompson, Dean Emeritus, Auburn University College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Environment. Emmett’s son-in-lay Ken Pylant accompanied us. See my recent post highlighting the science and practice of […]

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge

I visited Alabama’s Lakepoint State Park, arriving the afternoon of October 12, 2022 and departing the morning of the 15th. Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge surrounds Lakepoint SP.  Thus, by visiting Lakepoint, I also spent time on the 11,184-acre Refuge along Lake Eufaula, the water body created by impounding the Chattahoochee River south of Eufaula, Alabama. […]

Early November Visit to the Tupelo Slough at Hays Nature Preserve

I revisited Hays Nature Preserve November 3, 2022, with Joel Donelan, Director of Education for Huntsville, Alabama’s Green Team. We focused our hike from the Flint River picnic area looping along an old slough then circling back to the parking lot. This photo-essay offers observations, reflections, and photo-highlights from a delightful autumn morning in a […]

A Special Sunrise at Alabama’s Joe Wheeler State Park

Nothing beats a sunrise along water. Staying overnight October 19, 2022 at the Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge near Rogersville, Alabama, I walked to lakeside at the next day’s dawn. A chilly fall morning rewarded me with a full dose of lake mist and brightening sky inspiration…the alchemy of fog wisps, first light, bordering trees, […]

Flint Creek Trail at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

October 8, 2022, I co-led an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; University of Alabama at Huntsville) hike along the Flint Creek Trail, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge near Decatur, Alabama. The day proved picture perfect with brilliant blue sky and unseasonably chilly. I enjoy leading these hikes; our OLLI members are mostly retirees, eager to learn […]