Round Lake, one of many water features in the northeast part of Forest Park, is quiet, isolated, but very beautiful.
I was in particular intrigued by the mangrove or cypress trees growing along the water line.† The roots of the trees have sprouted up in little pillars that I presume help protect the shoreline.
Nearby, cattails ring the side of the lake.
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Cypress. Bald cypress, in fact. A mangrove is normally found in tidal zones on coastlines, and looks more like a large shrubbery than a tree. If you like cypresses (I love them; wish our yard was big enough to accommodate one), then you should check out Tower Grove Park. There is an ellipse down the main road bisecting the park running east and west which contains a number of beautiful mature cypresses. Quite a spot.
The ellipse is on the east side of Center Cross.
I visited this area – the fish hatcheries – for the first time this weekend. Itís a beautiful spot for birding.