Friday, March 25, 2011

First Day Of Spring

Sunday afternoon, I arrived at Great Meadows on a mission.  For my project, I've planned to get a panorama of Great Meadows from the deck, on the Spring & Fall Equinoxes and Summer & Winter Solstice.  Today, was the first of those days.

The parking lot was full of people who were here to enjoy the first day of Spring.  The water level, was still up, but had dropped substantially since my last visit.  Families with children had "repurposed" their winter boots to allow the children to explore in the shallow water.

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I could see some bare spots on the path along the dike.  Perhaps the goal of reaching the deck was a possibility.
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I began my journey of wading towards the bridge.    Unfortunately, I made it to within 10 yards of the bridge before the water level was higher than my boots.  So we'll have to settle with a panorama from a different angle.

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Disappointed that I couldn't fulfill my mission, Amy & I walked to the lower impoundment outflow to observe the water levels there.  The water was still high there too.  That bridge was also out of reach.  Along the walk we saw one of the last reminders of winter.  In the shade of the forest, a bit of snow, compacted by skis and snowshoes, persisted.
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On the hike back along the Edge Trail, I heard a drumming sound.  I was expecting to find a woodpecker drilling on a snag.  Instead, I found a Nuthatch furiously working on a branch.  After about 5 minutes of working, he triumphed and left with the object of his efforts.
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The geese arrived back for the evening, and we started home.  I was disappointed with the day photographically.  I hadn't achieved my mission. Returning home, I realized that today I missed an opportunity, and hopefully learned a lesson.  I had become focused on the refuge landscape and the animals.  Today was all about people enjoying the refuge - that's what I should have focused on.  All my best shots were those of people, enjoying nature and a sunny day.

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