Monthly Archives: July 2010

A Trio of Fisherman

Although the birdwatching is great on the Alabama gulf coast during spring migration, I have never really had the opportunity to take advantage of the fun.  I’ve always been too busy for one reason or another. However, during this past spring I found time and made a short visit to Dauphin Island and the Fort... Continue reading »
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The Indispensable Field Bucket

I’ve not had many opportunities to be this comfortable when I was working a wetland data point.  In this case, my auto was nearby and I used it to carry gear from data point to data point.  Nice. When we were working at the Corps’ Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, MS, Dr Steve Sprecher introduced... Continue reading »
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Soil Micro-Variability on Floodplains

These tree root-balls (in this case on the Angelina River Floodplain, TX, in the spring of 2006) are typically created when the wind load on a tree’s stem and canopy exceeds the anchorage capability of the tree’s root system.  The soil clinging to the root system is “excavated” and a small-to-large depression is created. On... Continue reading »
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Polarized Stream

If you have a digital camera that will accept filters, you may want to purchase a circular polarizing filter to use as a lens protector and to minimize reflections on photos of water surfaces.  These filters are generally good investments for wetland enthusiasts, and you can easily set the filter position to achieve the effect... Continue reading »
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Recent Sediments

The original soils pictured here were covered with 6” to 8” of recent sedimentation from an adjacent road overpass construction project.  In this view, the clays in these overlying sediments have contracted and consequently the soil has pulled away from the buried tree stem.  Thus, the tree looks like a pencil stuck in the ground... Continue reading »
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