Sunday, April 10, 2011

Saturday In The Swamp....Really

A SPECTACULAR Saturday IN....yes, IN the swamp!!!  An old aluminum row boat purchased years ago (ten or so), dragged down the hill and left near the edge of the swamp.  Hubby surprised me Saturday afternoon as he grabbed the oars down from the garage and said, let's give it a try.  No leaks, not many bugs, nothing living inside it....dragged it over a few trees, struggled to get over a submerged log near the edge, and off we went, using the rowboat like a canoe! ~ facing forward, each with an oar to paddle...and occasionally pole!  Such a different perspective from my years of viewing from the end of a log on shore!!  We discovered the Canadian Goose pair nesting on the beaver lodge this year instead of the rock!  She is very well hidden and has her head down, blending in nicely with the sticks.  It was just so amazing to be behind and beside the rock and lodge I've been looking at across the swamp for years!

 Unbelievable how large this tree is that the beaver are obviously working on!  
Heron rookery!!  This is the newest nest.

These shots are the three nests down the far end of the swamp.  Turns out, they are not all the way at the end of the swamp as I thought!!

Hard to fathom that 23 years ago when we bought the property, we could walk across the swamp on mostly dry ground and that 15 years ago our children walked across on fallen trees.  What a treasure.


  1. Amazing! Those heron nests look rather precarious up there.

  2. Nature up close and personal. What a fun outing on the water.