|Sunset a couple days later|
Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".
Friday, November 17, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
On this visit we didn't see Pete but found the area still as quaint as ever and the food excellent. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table but got lucky and landed a table in the courtyard area outside!!
We both ended up ordering the Turkey Panini sandwich with the homemade fries. Lunch did not disappoint us and we enjoyed sitting in the courtyard in this beautiful area!!
There is an amazing story about a gentleman named Henry Stuart who lived in a round house that he built himself and he named it Tolstoy Park.
The story goes like this -
Local author Sonny Brewer tells the true story of 62 year old Henry Stuart who was living in Idaho when he was told that he was dying and had about a year to live. It was recommended to him to move to a warmer climate so that the "end" wouldn't be so painful. This is when he made his journey to the quaint city of Fairhope. It is said that he "left his shoes out west, and lived barefooted in a round concrete house made by himself with his own two hands." He lived beyond the predicted one year, he lived twenty-two years in his handmade round house and yes, he was barefooted. Clarence Darrow, who was his friend, visited him many times in Fairhope. Henry named his house after his favorite writer Tolstoy. Henry was a poet, writer, a gardener and above all self-sufficient. A man after Thoreau's own heart. Sonny Brewer tells Henry's story in his book, The Poet of Tolstoy Park.
The first time we visited Tolstoy Park it was a bit difficult to find since there have been many buildings erected around it. This time we knew exactly where to look and as soon as we entered the parking area we saw it....the sweet little round hut built by the hands of Henry Stuart. The little hut sits beneath a huge live oak tree. As we walked inside it was difficult to imagine living such a simple life in such a small area but it obviously gave him much happiness and joy! It is said that he tied a hammock up inside and slept in it. It was here in this hut that Sonny Brewer lived while writing this amazing story of Henry Stuart.
|Looking up to the top of his home inside|
|Interesting facts on this if you click on, the pic will get bigger so you can read it|
|On every downtown street corner in Fairhope|
|Baskets like this were hanging all along the downtown sidewalks|
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
So what is Bon Secour?? It was established in 1980 as a wildlife refuge and surrounds and protects some of Alabama's last undisturbed coastal barrier habitat. The refuge is approximately 7,000 acres of coastal land which includes the constantly changing beach dunes, the woodlands and wetlands. It is only fitting that the name Bon Secour is a French word meaning "safe harbor" since it is home to many endangered species!!
Bon Secour is open year-round during daylight hours and you will find people hiking, photographing, fishing and just observing nature.
Spring migration begins in March and peaks in early April. The sea turtle nesting occurs May-October. Fall migration begins in August and peaks mid-October. The Monarch butterfly migration is mid-October. We actually saw lots of these beautiful butterflies while visiting Bon Secour even though it is November.
During September and October there is a beautiful show of wildflowers!!
|Sand Dunes in Bon Secour|
Although we didn't see any of the following they are seen year-round in the refuge - bobcat, squirrels, marsh and cottontail rabbits, opossum, raccoons, alligators, skinks, and nine banded armadillos.
|The End of Bon Secour led us to the Gulf|