(Note: due to the popularity of this post, I’ve added directions and some additional details to the original text. Now readers can see exactly where this lovely place is.)
Needlepoint, needlepoint, needlepoint.
Sometimes I like to take a break from stitching, or even thinking about stitching. On such days, I sometimes go wandering by the water. There’s always something to explore around there.
Here are pictures from a beautiful, empty-ish newly renovated, 30-acre preserve area that I discovered just last week.
It’s on a huge inlet, where the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon meet, that attracts so many to this part of Florida.
You can see the Atlantic Ocean in the distance in the first one. Even though it was a cloudy day, the pictures didn’t come out too badly. I saw three different types of salt marsh wading birds, who were following each other around, looking for fish. The rocks you see (which is called rip rap) protect the mangrove and sea grass from the wake of the boats and the powerful tides. They also create ideal fishing grounds for birds.
The area is truly a bird paradise. There’s a protected bird trail, minutes away. I’ll go there soon, and see if I can get some snaps of other wading birds that live around here.
You can check it out here, on Google maps, using Street View. This gets to the edge of the preserve’s tiny parking lot, but you won’t be able to see the actual inlet.
But look around carefully, and you might notice the tropical hardwood hammocks, now largely disappeared from this part of Florida.
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