If you recall, in April 2011, numerous tornadoes tore through north Alabama, wreaking havoc on many cities and towns. One of the locations hit was this park. It was so sad to see the damage that still remains, even though cleanup and recovery work has been ongoing since the event.
This is part of the campground that in its normal state would be covered with an assortment of tall hardwood and pine trees, providing welcome shade to summertime campers. There are very few trees left standing in the campground. Other areas of the park were hit also, and although a lot of the downed timber has been removed, there's still lots left.
In spite of the devastation around us, we enjoyed the weekend together. Except for the drive up, the weather was beautiful, although very cold. We went up as part of the Eagle Festival that takes place yearly. The eagles were not nearly as plentiful this year as some, most likely due to the mild winter throughout the country. But, we did see a few and did see a nest site which we learned had three eaglets in it. I'm sorry I can't show you pictures of those eagles, but my camera lens is just too short to show anything but a speck.
On Saturday night, we attended a program by S.O.A.R. (Save Our Avian Resources), a non-profit entity dedicated to the protection, rehabilitation and conservation of all American raptors. See their link here. http://www.soarraptors.org/
While I have seen most of the birds in the wild, it was a treat to see them up close and personal during the flight demonstrations.
As they finished each segment, the bird was brought around the room so that everyone could get a good closeup look. I sat there near to tears at seeing the beauty of these magnificent creatures no more than two feet from my face.
With the unusually mild weather all over the country, I'm afraid that the spring migration may be disrupted. Ah, well. I will enjoy it whenever it occurs and I'd encourage all of you to step outside and take notice.
Y'all take care.