SIPPICAN LANDS TRUST
images from the protected open spaces of marion
I love to shoot Ludes Estuary from the culvert overpass on Creek Road :) I have wandered in the marsh from there, and entered it from Route 6 as well, but I keep going back to Creek Road…high tide, low tide, incoming, outgoing, sunny, cloudy, rainy, all kinds of weather and seasons! every time I drive by on Creek Road I sneak a glance :)
right now I am entranced by the fall colors in the marshgrass that line the banks of the estuary…
i remain fascinated by the ruins of the Marconi Towers :) this is a base anchor for the tower-supporting guy wires. there were 14-400 foot towers, each one surrounded by 4 of these bases. they remind me of gun bunkers...buried in the forest.
just before the first of the two nor'easters we've had in the last 2 weeks i went to osprey marsh to get a shot of the sign. this 19+ acre property was donated to us this summer by the Howland family, and abuts the original Howland Marsh. the sky was blue, and the light glorious on the upland leaves in the mid afternoon that day :) and even though I was carrying only the tripod with the camera and one lens (usually I carry a pack with several lenses) i could not resist wandering the newly expanded trail down to the water's edge!
come walk with me...
back to the macro shots :) this is a great time of year for that...nature explodes in spring! a fabulous time for exploring the woods and trail.
i got distracted yesterday afternoon when i went to Brainard Marsh to admire the newly planted Atlantic White Cedar trees...
and i was reminded again how challenging it can be to get the image clean and isolated with that sweet creamy background that i love so much and works so well...
i love the various remainders of the radio towers submerged in the woods :) since the towers came down 50 years ago the field has been left alone to regrow as it wishes. all this has grown up around them in that time...and this is a great time of year to see the remains, without the foliage, and the briars are visible and more easily avoided!
this is what really drew me in...this beautiful cutaway to the layer below the bark :) and why i really returned to the site with the heavy (23lb.!) camera backpack (which includes the macro lens) and the tripod! you can see it in context in the previous post -- what a difference a change of lens makes!!
just a few feet from the where i stood to take the stream shot, to my left, this creature caught my eye :) and my foot a few times too lol!! i believe this is a pine tree root which is exposed and has bark growing over it (to the right--out of the shot-- is a large pine tree growing alongside the stream).
i returned to Mahoney and the stream which feeds the upper pond of the White Eagle cranberry bogs that i shot last month (http://www.sippicanimages.com/sippican-lands-trust/2011/3/2/wider-stream-view.html), and this time i hauled my full camera pack and tripod! no snow but still clear water :)
the clarity of the winter water is amazing...and it always looks cold as well! last week i had the opportunity to expore more of the SLT's most recent purchase, Mahoney-McIntire. this stream is south of the old railroad bed and feeds the northern retaining pond of the White Eagle cranberry bogs as it flows southeast. i could practically count the individual rocks in the stream it was so clear!
i've finally been able to stop shoveling for a while and get back out :) this appealing trail is where i started, on our White Eagle property. the first half of what you see will quite the wetland in the next few weeks -- or maybe after today with all the rain! according to the weather reports the day was supposed to in the high 20º's and windy. instead it was sunny with no wind in the northern woods and absolutely perfect for wandering! and a great time to be outside :)