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A Banner Day at Radnor Lake: Tuesday, June 3, 2008

June 3rd, 2008 · 6 Comments · canada goose, great blue herons, Radnor Lake, turtles

All photos in this post were taken at Nashville’s Radnor Lake and edited on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 by Stephen Frasier using an Olympus Stylus 790 SW and Macromedia/Adobe Fireworks MX 2004; author’s email is stephen [at] bestWebNashville [dot] com

beauty of Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

Now that the summer heat has set in, hiking early in the morning is an even better idea than usual. I hit the Radnor Lake hiking trails at 7:45am, wondering how I could possibly have forgotten my iPod. Thanks to the iPod, personal growth, idea generation and evolution, and a deepening of insight all occur at an unprecedented rate these days, for during most hikes, I listen to my audiobook collection, the majority of which is nonfiction and intensely interesting to me these days.

Having no iPod today put into play a series of events that made this hike so unique: I would have made different/ less social decisions during my walk, and I would not have been as alert for the amazing wildlife photo ops that seemed to materialize every few yards.

nice spot at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

During the hike and immediately following, my intention was to devote a significant portion of my afternoon writing about it all and documenting every wondrous detail, but my attention tends to drift quite a lot. The material is still fresh, thanks in part to the 101 photos and movies I took during this morning’s hike. I am going to split this into several posts; if I do not do so – were I to delay posting this until completion — it would never appear.

turtle at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

Starting in the Granny White parking lot, I walked up Otter Creek and then turned left onto the gravel road to take some pictures from specific locations which I will use later to create some time lapse imagery.

Before I’d even made it to the spillway bridge, I saw a turtle on its way back to the lake; I closely observed, followed, and photographed a family of Canada Geese as they ate duck weed and then groomed themselves; and I relaxed on bench #66 for some journaling.

turtle at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

Crossing the spillway bridge, I admired a cute young turtle sunning itself on the dam, and an adult turtle in the water underneath the bridge, apparently heading downstream. I suppose that is why I see some of these turtles later, crossing the gravel road to get back to the lake; they’ve gone down the spillway dam into the creek and downstream.

Moments later I saw a mother doe and her very young fawn standing in the middle of the trail a few yards ahead. More skittish than usual due to having young, when they saw me, they went in opposite directions: the fawn went right and the doe went left. The three day-old fawn was alone. Rather than venture between them, I watched for a moment as the fawn wobbled back across the trail toward its mother on its long, unsteady legs. I started walking again, slowly, and was a little surprised that the fawn had not found its way back to mother yet, but was still standing near the trail, in thick brush, terrified of me, apparently; this made a couple of fantastically cute photos of the lone fawn.

Eagle Cove at Nashville's Radnor Lake

Next of note was the viewing platform with two benches ( I need to come up with a name for this thing). I approached the bench, your honor, and peered over the railing, looking for the new resident eagles. Although I could not be 100% certain, I saw what I believe to be one of the eagles as it soared into the cove – Eagle Cove, yes? I thought I was going to see it snare a fish with its talons, but not this time.

heron flying over Eagle Cove at Nashville's Radnor Lake

Waiting for the eagle to fly back to its traditional perching area (for the last month or so, anyway), I met Cyndy, another hiker. Herons were seen but not the unmistakable white feathered head I was hoping for.

A few more yards bore another mother doe, fawning over another virtual newborn – a bit too far off the trail for good pictures, though.

If you are one of the people I met on the trails of Radnor Lake today, I sure hope you will read this post and then take the time to leave a comment below. I really would appreciate that, as I am trying to attract more visitors to this site and need all the comments I can get. May we meet again one day. Happy trails!

(More is being written…please check back.)

red-tailed hawk at Nashville's Radnor Lake

a very young fawn hiding from me at Nashville's Radnor Lake

 large gray rat snake at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

 large gray rat snake at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

 large gray rat snake at Radnor Lake in Nashville Tennessee

very young fawn nursing at Nashville's Radnor Lake


6 Comments so far ↓

  • Let It Happen » Rampage of Appreciation, Contemplation, and Insight

    […] new insights. (The photo ops I stumbled upon yesterday must be seen to be believed! Check out the Radnor Lake hiking post and related images I’ve taken the time to edit so far.) My emotions and feelings, the content of my thoughts, […]

  • TomK

    Wow! The place must be really crawling with wildlife. If I come for a visit, you have to take me to see this place.

  • julie

    Your writing makes me feel like I was there!
    Love you.

  • Tracy

    How awesome! I miss being able to be there in person and witness for myself. Thanks for making me still feel connected the sanctuary!

  • Kelly

    Very nice photos and observations, my hiking friend!

  • Harmony

    You are so lucky to see all that amazing wildlife and get great pics too. I never see all that and I’m very intune with my surroundings.