10 Sep '17, 10pm

On the ground with Audubon Texas after Hurricane Harvey:

On the ground with Audubon Texas after Hurricane Harvey:

We reached the first island, simply called Mile Marker 52, dropped anchor in about a foot of water, and waded to shore. The first thing Victoria and Dennis did was try to figure out how much of the island had been under water. Mile Marker 52 is a long, low island, with some bushes, shrubs, and other plants on either end. They determined that a thin strip, which is about three or four feet above sea level, was the only portion that had remained above water during the hurricane. In addition, the inundation of water had washed shells and rocks onto the land, far enough to bury some prickly pear cactus, plants often used by birds as takeoff platforms or shelter. Victoria spent some time digging out a number of cacti to figure out how deep they’d been buried, earning some spines for her troubles. And in my enthusiasm to see everything being pointed out to me, I got biting ants ...

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