Pender County, NC
August 8th, 2015
Property Owned by The Nature Conservancy
"This word is so beautiful, that I can hardy believe it exists." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Encompassing more than 6,000 acres in Pender County, Shaken Creek contains rare ecosystems once more common and widespread in the eastern US. First a little about Shaken Creek:
“While Shaken Creek Savanna is a treasure in its own right, its location is equally important, sitting as it does in the midst of one of The Nature Conservancy’s highest conservation priorities, the Onslow Bight landscape. A "bight," for which this place is named, is a long, gradual curve or bend in a shoreline. Shaken Creek is situated between two vast protected areas: 100,000 acres at the Holly Shelter Game Land and Angola Bay Game Lands, which the Conservancy played a large part in preserving, and more than 150,000 acres at the Camp Lejeune Marine Base.”
|Succession of pine flatwoods after a burn in June|
Our first stop was longleaf pine flatwoods recently burned in June. The scenic landscape was dotted with stately Longleaf Pines(Pinus palustris) and blanketed underneath with fresh green Wiregrass(Aristida stricta), Bracken Fern(Pteridium aquilinum) and Smooth Meadow-beauty(Rhexia alifanus). There were many photo ops for this showy wildflower.
|White Fringed Orchid & Pitcher Plants|
|White Fringed Orchid|
|Purple Pitcher Plant|
|Meadow-beauty w/ Pitcher Plants|
and Pine Lilies(Lilium catesbaei).
|Pine Lily and opened flower|
|Same two plants two days later|
|Pine Lily w/ last season's seed capsule|
|Pair of Pine Lilies|
After spending a considerable time photographing these botanical jewels we headed home until next weekend's coastal Carolina adventure.