Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Sense of Place

I've often seen the signs on the kiosk listing Cherrie Corey's Sense of Place walks at Great Meadows NWR, but my schedule and pressing items always seemed to interfere.  Imagine my surprise Saturday, when not only did my schedule cooperate, but my wife thought that a walk in 18" of snow, temperatures in the mid twenties, and a good breeze would actually be fun.


So it was bundling up in layers, and off to Great Meadows we went.  If you get the opportunity I suggest you go.  I learned quite a bit.  That was with everything covered in a blanket of snow.  I can only imagine what Cherrie could have told us when things are blooming and the action hoping.  I would recommend making a place in your schedule to go on one (or more).


It was interesting to see the contrast in only two days.  Right after the storm there were very few footprints, Saturday there were tons; birds, mice, deer, coyote and even human footprints criss-crossed the marsh.  One of my favorite photos is of footprints that then caught the wind, creating little tufts of snow & ice, while the surrounding snow was blown away.  The remaining snow formed a serpentine curve that was reminiscent of a backbone.


There were about 15-20 people on Saturday's walk.  But we weren't the only people braving the elements.  The parking lot was quite full as many people were there cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and even just plain old walking.


As night was falling and we returned back to the parking lot sparrows were drinking at the open water near the bridge.  They seemed more interested in drinking than people, so you could get fairly close.  Unfortunately, it was tough to take any good photos with the rapidly fleeting light.  I'll have to go back soon.


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1 comment:

  1. Great photos, Larry. And thanks for the enthusiastic invitation to future walkers.

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