SPRING IN THE WETLANDS.
Getting there is a little quicker now.
The Farm Wetlands is actually a combination of swamp, bog, wetlands and low ground that is teeming with wildlife; everything from wood ducks to snakes to deer, bobcats and bears. Few humans ever venture in. One reason is that it’s on private property. Another is that it is extremely difficult to get in. An almost impenetrable undergrowth keeps would be intruders out as effectively as a barbed wire fence. In fact, prior to this winter, there was only one convenient way to slog into the wetlands proper. The lack of any paths to the shoreline made it nearly impossible to get in place for any photography without sending alarms to every living thing that an invader was at hand. You may have some experience getting within eyeshot of beautiful wildlife in a natural setting when suddenly a limb cracks underfoot and there is this huge swooshing sound of creatures and critters taking flight. So this past winter, I took machete and bush axe in hand and cleared a second pathway. It took me two full afternoons of work which included building a 12 foot bridge over a creek. It was well worth the effort.
The view is to the Southwest. The water is rather shallow because of three large beaver dams about a half mile to the East. It’s a viable nesting area for Canada Geese, Mallards and other water birds.