Monday, January 26, 2009

Hurricane Ike -- the rusty aftermath

Rust is a color that nature uses to show it's time to slow down. It was a color that was all over the Tony Houseman State Park and Wildlife Management Area at Blue Elbow Swamp near the Texas/Louisiana border after Hurricane Ike trample its way through the forest of Southeast Texas. The Cypress trees were especially tainted by the salt water that had swam miles up the Sabine River.

This photo was taken behind the Texas Tourist Center on the I-10 at the state line. When I saw it, I was thinking it was a fall water color painting. The rust stains of the boat merge with the Cypress rustiness. If you look closely you will notice a slight oil sheen on the water.

It all had spent hours sloshing, and fomenting from the brute force of the winds. Now, calm had returned. Nature had raised its rust flag -- "I'm tired," she signalled. "Be still."

If your heading through Texas on the I-10, stop for a spell at the Visitors Center. Take a walk out on the boardwalk (out the back door of the center). There's no real "park facilities" to this state park. This board walk is a close as you can easily get. This is a real wildlife management area -- most of it only accessible by boat.

-- steve buser

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