Some friends and their family came over today for a SpaceX rocket launch this morning which ended up being scrubbed. Not wanting to waste an opportunity to hang out we decided to head over to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and take a walk on a 2-mile nature trail. I thought I would show you some pictures that I took.
The first part of the nature trail you actually cross over some railroad tracks. They were used during the early years of the space program and also during the shuttle program but now mainly lie there dormant. However I liked the perspective of the tracks and showing them run into the distance.
Months have passed since we were hit by Hurricane Matthew and in the cities all of the damage was cleaned up. However in the wildlife preserve, everything is left untouched and we could still see remnants of damage everywhere.
Nothing too special, I just liked the way this looked in the tree trunk. We took to calling them ‘hobbit holes’ and there were quite a few of them in the trees. Not sure if this is a natural occurrence or perhaps due to rising and falling water levels that the refuge is subject to.
In this last picture this tree was blackened still from fire damage that happened awhile ago. There were signs of it all over the refuge but it is the natural order of things that Mother Nature does to keep the ecosystem healthy. I decided to take the picture at and angle and liked the way the blackened branches were reaching into the sky.
All in all it was a pleasant day to spend outside with some friends and their family. As you can see the weather was sunny, light breeze and comfortable temperature in the mid 70’s. It was nice to get out and see untouched nature at its finest.