See it before the pastels shades of green, pinkish green, bronze, yellow-green of spring turn into the heavier colors of summer.
Not just the leaves of the Florida maple and the Ogeche tupelo which leaves are beginning to appear.
The view of the creek is dotted with clumps of light pink, pinxster azaleas at their peak bloom.
False indigo blossoms, It’s dominant purple bloom stalk encircles by lavender stamen.
The creek’s white flowers are at their peak bloom or beginning to bloom: swamp sweet bells, swamp dogwood, Virginia Sweetspire, Fringe Tree, Blackberry blossoms, Yaupon, Rusty Haw and an yet to be identified flowering ground cover.
Yellow flowers, not to be missed are butterweed, located in large patches behind the immediate shoreline, candy root and a yet to be identified flower both at Nick’s Road campsite and just beginning to open, spatterdocks.
The first swamp rose is blooming — hard to say yet whether this will be a good year for these roses. There were just a few blooms on the many rose bushes throughout the creek.
But this year is definitely the year of the pinxster azaleas and the orange cross vines. These vines are blooming profusely throughout the 3.75 mile stretch from the Womack Creek campground landing to Nick’s Road campsite.
And, if you can see those shiny purple balls of sweet-tart berries — blueberries are beginning to ripen. A few now, but more to come.
A feast for your eyes, a tidbit for your stomach.