On my way back from Dothan, AL on March 19, I decided to drop by Tall Timbers on my way home. As I drove up to the entrance, I realized I had made a crucial planning error. They had a controlled burn the day before, and it was still smoldering when I arrived. In fact, some trees still had some flames on them. I asked a man who worked there if it would be okay to walk the trail, and he said it was. So I walked down to the pond. It was great to see several Red-headed Woodpeckers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a White-throated Sparrow, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. But I most entranced by the smoldering fire. I was somewhat impressed with the control they can use. The pathway was largely unburned, and you could see the brown path cutting through the charred ground on either side. I thought that was pretty fun, which inspired the photos.
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