Somebody Must Have Pulled the Plug

Guest post by Nancy Dobias, September 4, 2017

Parts of the main road at Myakka River State Park were already starting to dry out as of Friday but still other sections remained flooded....  When we were there, we didn't venture past the Canopy Walk....

The water on the road wasn't that deep but there was too much merging of the woods with the road for me to be comfortable.  This was the area where I used to see the ornery alligator and I was not interested in watching him performhis antics from a vantage point that was in the water....  

Many birds seemed to be out and about, striving to find any and all delicacies which the river had deposited on the road.  Some went food shopping in groups....

...and others enjoyed gathering their snacks with no one around to interrupt their concentration, while still others who had already found what they wanted, just sat and enjoyed a pleasant moment alone....

It seemed as though most birds were quite comfortable in their watery surroundings but I did notice one who preferred a higher and dry vantage point.  At times he seemed to be impatient for the water to go down.  Periodically he would check below to see how much the waters had receded, and when he didn't see what he had wanted, a stoic attitude permeated his every feather.

Personally I thought there had been much improvement in the park conditions and perhaps in a few more days, dry roads, trails and picnic areas will return to the park.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you're missing a pretty remarkable event and of course, lots of photo opps!

Have a happy Labor Day weekend!