Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Great Meadows Refuge & Water Park

I arrived at Great Meadows this morning to learn that I wasn't going to be circumnavigating the impoundments, because my kayak was at home.  The Concord River continues to rise.  The path by the kiosk is under water, though the parking lot is still dry.  At the other end of the lower impoundment, the water is flowing out and down the Concord.   I don't know exactly how much higher than normal that is, but you can see the measurement post is almost totally submerged.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;

I spent a bit of time on the tower, trying to see what was going on in the refuge.  It was a slow morning.  Several geese flew from the river to go foraging for the day.  A robin decided to visit the tree near the tower, and posed in the early morning light.  It was soon on its way too.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;

I wandered along the old railroad bed and along much of the Timber trail.  Unfortunately, the sky soon clouded, making for uninspired photography.  As I wandered, I made mental notes of potential future subjects.  The patterns frozen in the ice overnight caught my eye.  I wonder what causes the ice to form those lines?

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;


The usual suspects for birds were out and about.  I hit the trifecta, seeing a Downy, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpecker during my walk.  Alas, they were a bit far away, or in lousy light to be photographed today.

Great Meadows was running a special on squirrels today.  A couple of red squirrels posed for their portraits.  There is a new tenant of last year's Screech Owl hole, a "Grey Morph" squirrel.

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;

Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110309 &emdash;

The good news is that by the time, I returned to the parking lot, the water level was down 1-2 inches (based upon the water marks on the trees.)  The bad news is that Friday we are supposed to get between 1/2 - 2 inches of rain, so I expect that I may still have a chance to kayak the refuge.