I love the spiraled shells.
The lake has some areas that are protected habitat areas. Most of these in our neighborhood are in the coves where deer, turkey and other critters come down to the water.
While walking along the shore I saw lots of birds, many rustling the leaves in the wooded areas. I didn't have my telephoto lens with me, next time. I saw some River Birch in the woods, kind of neat. The lots along the lake in my area are semi native woodlands. The land on the slopes have more of a variety of plant material. The land borders a pulp wood forest, all the pines are in a row. I encountered a couple plants that I needed to come home and look up.
This is one of them. I believed it to be a Hazelnut, Corylus americana, but now, I am not so sure. It could be Hazel Alder, Alnus serrulata. These little pinecone looking things are typical of the Hazel Alder.
I believe this is the spent flower, I will have to research more and observe more--- especially in the spring.
Next trip up or down the shoreline I will take the other lens and perhaps come back with pictures of the Pileated Woodpecker I saw, or some of the Sparrows in the brush that were throwing the leaves around, or maybe some other new find. Stay tuned!
words and photos by Janet,The Queen of Seaford.