04.13.2019 Long Plain Brook Swamp

Another check for flowers went unfulfilled but I did get a chance to explore a swamp landscape that I have been driving past for years. It’s a difficult spot for compositions as the approach is Old Montague Road, I assume, that is now extremely overgrown. As well, since it is next to and below Route 63, which is highly traveled, guess what- loads of trash thrown down the hill.  I half expected to get conked by a tossed bottle but as it wasn’t nighttime no beer bottles were forthcoming, thank goodness. I found one clear view of the tussocks and beyond and the light, overcast and rain ending, was rich for saturation.

Across the way is a large pine with a large pileated hole.  If I want to get better compositions another day I will have to wear hip boots to get farther out. My knee high Mucks were not quite up to the task.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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11 Responses to 04.13.2019 Long Plain Brook Swamp

  1. The bottom half jumped out at me; it’s probably the most tussocky picture I’ve ever seen.

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    • That quality is the main attraction that finally got me to stop there. The full length of the swamp is loaded with tussocks which is why I want to get in for more compositions along with a very attractive curved tree hanging over the swamp.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    If those tussocks were green, they’d look rather like bundles of little bluestem developing after a prairie burn. And, I recently learned that longleaf pines look like this when they first begin to develop. Unlike some pines, they don’t begin growing upward until they’ve spent some time as grass-like mounds, developing their root systems.

    From a different and entirely more horrible perspective, these look like asps — the venomous caterpillar of the flannel moth — that grew as the result of an experiment that went horribly wrong, or lived too close to the nuclear plant. See?

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  3. I am always intrigued by swampy areas and the plants that thrive there…on another note, it is horrifying to find people’s trash all along these natural areas. I wrote an entire post on a river cleanup and all the things we found there….I can only shake my head and mumble under my breath.

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    • Our Connecticut River has an annual “Source to Sea” cleanup and what is pulled out of there is amazing. I also am acquainted with someone who dives for the State of Massachusetts. He tells of quite a few finds including a Mercedes. I am always shocked and bewildered by the fact that so many people don’t care for or respect Nature and places of beauty. While the National Parks were unattended some terrible things happened but they had already started to become a trend before that. For some reason these acts give some folks’ lives some sort of meaning. So depressing. At least litter can be picked up.


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