Monday, March 7, 2011

You Can't Judge A Day By Its Weather

I woke up early, hoping that the warm weather combined with the icy impoundments would yield stunning images of fog and mist playing amongst the reeds and trees.  Alas, the conditions didn't cooperate.  Since I was here, it was worth seeing what had changed.

I was glad that I had wore my L.L.Bean duck shoes.  Much of the path is now muddy gravel.  There aren't too many washouts, but enough to keep Alan and his volunteers busy for a couple days.  Today, I appreciated the irony that the part of the path which used to be the good footing of packed snow, is now the treacherous footing of packed ice with a coat of water.  There was an unusual quiet in the air, until I realized I was no longer hearing the crunching of snow and ice underfoot.

The good news is that though the Concord River has risen, it still has not overflowed into the impoundments.  The bad news is that in most places it only has 1-2 feet to rise before it will. All of the outflows are now inflows as the higher level of the river is forcing water back into the refuge.

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There are signs of the flooding everywhere along the river.  All the trees are immersed.  One of the benches that previously was buried in snow, was partially submerged.  Down by the boat ramp, you could watch as large pieces of ice would periodically go racing by.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Down by the beaver lodge, they were busily huddled on their roof.  They sounded the alarm when I first arrived, but then got used to my company.  Most their time was spent grooming and lounging on the top of their lodge.  This went on until very late in the morning.  I wondered if they didn't feel comfortable inside their lodge due to the flooding, so much like human flood victims, they were clinging to the roof of their house.  Or just maybe, cold, windy, wet weather is a beaver's idea of a great day.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

The wildlife that was visible was a mixture of old friends and new friends.  A coyote was seen wandering around the upper impoundment.  Several crows were seen scavenging the remains of a muskrat lodge.  (I can only assume the coyote visited it first.)  Red-winged Blackbirds were calling.  Several gulls were flying about looking for openings in the water.  Unfortunately, as I was departing two mute swans arrived.  I hope that they know that Massachusetts has strict anti-bullying laws and their behavior is not welcome here.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110307 &emdash;

2 comments:

  1. Some fabulous shots. And hooray for beaver cooperation!

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  2. The beaver shots were my first attempt to use fill flash.

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