Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Back to nature at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

Rock City, Ruby Falls, the TN Aquarium. These are Chattanooga's famous attractions. If you prefer to experience nature at a more leisurely pace, veer off the beaten path to visit hidden gems like Foster Falls, Raccoon Mountain and Reflection Riding. Foster Fall is a little further away from downtown, a 45 minutes drive, the other two are a mere twenty minutes away. All are excellent places to visit for families with kids.

We recently visited Reflection Riding on a Saturday morning. The treehouse never ceases to amaze us.
A tree house!
Inside the tree house
The way leading to the treehouse
Apart from the walking trails, you can also see animals that are local to E. TN,  like the American eagle, sandhill crane, red wolves and owls, in the Native animal exhibit section. Reflection Riding takes care of these animals as they have been injured and can no longer survive in the wild.
Life size American bald eagle nest
American bald eagle
Barred Owl
Ready for summer camp
View of Lookout Mountain from the walking trail
Serene reflection on a pond along the trail
Summertime activities
Picnic table at the Visitor Center
Reflection Riding has many activities and events throughout the year. Check their website for more information.

Do you know of  a hidden gem in Chattanooga that you'd like to share?

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Mallard duck eggs hatching

We love mallard ducks. And they love our flower tubs. They nested in one of them for the past several years in a row. Mother duck started a tad early this year. We felt bad for her as she had to endure a few nights of freezing temperatures in early March. She persevered. So after a total of six weeks beginning with the first egg, she was rewarded with a brood of eleven (we thought, more on it later) ducklings!
There were 14 eggs; 1 was eaten by a crow

One day, she was startled when I tried to take a picture of her on the nest.
Every evening she would leave the nest to bond with her mate
The eggs hatched 28 days later
Hours old duckies going off into the wild.

Several hours later, we went to clean out the tub. To our surprise, there was a duckling left behind! It must have been the last one to hatch. It seemed sluggish when we discovered it, but later became more alert. And oh so adorable. We ran around looking for the brood, to no avail. Luckily, one of the marina employees (thanks Valerie!) knows someone who had experience raising ducks, so we left it with her. Hopefully, it will survive.

These are some of the adventures of living aboard on the Tennessee River. It is such a joy to watch the beauty of nature as it unfolds before our eyes. We look forward to seeing the ducklings grow and continue its way of life.

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