Thursday, November 18, 2021

HUNTLEY MEADOWS PARK ON MONDAY, 11-8-21 - PART 2

We are still on the boardwalk continuing our walk through the marshy area. You can see more Canada Geese in the background.
We couldn't see much bird life out there...
though these ducks swam into view.
Not very good photos as they were very far away, but from the shape of their beaks I thought perhaps Northern Shovelers? The sun was very bright and it was hard to make out their coloring.
In the next photo you can see part of the boardwalk that we take over the marshy area.  It is half-a-mile long and leads to a double-tier observation deck.  The park itself is a 1500-acre wetland.
We didn't go to the observation deck this time but took the shorter loop back to the car, which you can see below.
We saw more ducks, mallards this time.

There was also a turtle...
moving fast...no, not really.  The sweet thing was moving faster than I was.
And there were frogs...

“It’s not easy being green.” - Kermit The Frog.  I know Kermit, I know.

“I want you to begin keeping a calendar of who you see and when: the first day each year you see buttercups, the first day frogs start singing, the last day you see robins in the fall, the first day for grasshoppers. In short, I want you to pay attention."  - Derrick Jensen.  Thank you Derrick, that's a great idea and I will do my best.

So, we say goodbye to the ducks and the geese, the turtles and the frogs, and we are back in the woods.
Bushes are laden with berries and my surroundings have once again given me great joy.  I wish you the same.
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." says William Shakespeare.  
A lovely thought William!  Here's hoping we will get there one day.
That's all from our walk at Huntley Meadows.  I hope you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for looking.  

Happy Thursday!




35 comments:

  1. YES, I do believe they are Shovelers! A wonderufl sighting, as they are not very common. What a wonderful boardwalk, looking almost new. It looks sturdy and safe.

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    1. Thank you for confirming the Shovelers Ginny. The boardwalk isn't very old. There used to be a wooden one but changed it to a hardier material only a few years ago. I remember going back after an absence of several months to find the new one.

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  2. P.S. Wonder if any of the frogs ever jump up on the boardwalk...

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    1. Possibly but I have never seen any on the boardwalk :)

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  3. Thank you for taking us with you to this incredibly beautiful place.

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    1. You are very welcome Sue, so glad you enjoyed :)

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  4. How nice to see the creatures as you walked along - that path looks amazing Denise.

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    1. That's the fun part Margaret, looking over and seeing what we can find :)

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  5. You had a very good day out and about.

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  6. This is MY kind of outing...one with nature. Beautiful images Denise.

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    1. Thank you Anni :) one with nature is a good way of putting it.

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  7. There is so much to see there. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. You're very welcome Ann, always happy to share :)

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  8. Hello Denise,
    Wonderful wildlife sightings, I like the frogs, turtles and the ducks. Looks like a nice walk and park. Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, and you have a great day also :)

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  9. awesome shot of the turtle on the log. excellent grab,. love the frog also. that is a beutiful walkway and view. I am unable to walk on a walkway with out railings, so would not be able to walk on that one. just looking at the photo makes me dizzy

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    1. Thank you Sandra, I try not to bend over too far ;)

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  10. I enjoyed it! Too soon we'll be frozen.
    I like boardwalks. They open up an area and limit human impact.

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    1. Yes, won't be long :) And couldn't have put it better myself. Thanks Jenn :)

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  11. This wetland always gives you some interesting sites. I kept track of birds in my yard for more than 30 years. It's interesting to look back.

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    1. I agree, I love going back to my earlier posts, just to have a reminder of the places we visited. How wonderful that you have been birding for that long. I only got into it a few years back but have been enjoying it ever since.

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  12. It looks like a lovely place to walk and you photos are excellent. Keep safe and take care Diane

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  13. Jensen's idea is a brilliant one. Paying attention to nature is such a wonderful pastime. I did enjoy your photos of the ducks, the geese, the turtle and the darling frogs! What a wonderful place to pay attention. Thank you for your peaceful posts, Denise. I enjoy them very much!

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    1. Thank you Martha Ellen, I am so happy you enjoy and find my posts peaceful :)

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  14. Beautiful park. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. So many creatures to see as you walked along, Denise.

    Such a beautiful park!

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    1. Thank you Veronica, it is one of our favorites :)

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  16. It must be nice to have a boardwalk like that one, which keeps your feet dry as you walk through the marsh. Wonderful. How I wish I were there, too.

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    1. We enjoy it very much Gigi, so much to see and keeping our feet dry, lol! I wish you could join us :)

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  17. those first ducks do look like shovelers, the beak gives it away!! so nice to see frogs, turtles and mallards, that was a pretty good score!! how nice to have a boardwalk area included!!

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    1. Thanks for the confirmation Debbie :) Yes it was a very good score day for critters, and the boardwalk makes it for us as there is so much to see over that marshy area.

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