05.01.2019 Monday at Poor Farm Swamp

That was a quick April.  Time’s flying by.

Monday morning, as I mentioned yesterday, I walked part of the Norwottuck Rail Trail here in Amherst. I had visions of this view in my head but with all the low-lying fog we were experiencing and, of course, spring greens rather than summer.  But it was not happening.  Thick fog and a stream so swollen it could have been called Hop Brook Lake just didn’t add up to eye appeal. So I headed back with the idea of going to Quabbin for what you saw yesterday.

As I walked to the parking area the sun was just hitting the tree tops and lighting up the fog with a nice warmth which was welcomed since we had fallen below freezing.

Still thinking of Quabbin, I resumed my hike back towards the car when I saw this beaver lodge with the fog behind it.  Then I noticed what at first appeared to be a curved stick among the tangle on top of the lodge but a few more steps revealed a Canada Goose sitting upon what I think was its nest.

I didn’t have the 300 with me, so framed the whole lodge with the foggy background using the 70-200. I think I’d prefer this composition over a closer look anyway.

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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10 Responses to 05.01.2019 Monday at Poor Farm Swamp

  1. shoreacres says:

    It’s never occurred to me that a beaver lodge could do double duty, but of course I have no experience at all with beaver lodges. I’d say that’s one smart goose, as long as beavers don’t have a taste for goose eggs. It’s a beautiful image; sometimes, sepia is unbeatable.

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    • Especially if it is naturally occurring sepia. The goose was quite comfortable there as the distance between the lodge and pond edge is a safe one. No hunting here so she doesn’t have to worry about that. Most of the beaver lodges I’ve seen don’t have nesting birds but a few every once in a while seem a hospitable spot and this one doesn’t seem in need of reinforcement.

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  2. I’d say that went rather well after all. First is ethereal. Second is instructive.

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  3. That first picture, ethereal and moody, makes me wish I’d been there to experience the place.

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    • One rail trail walker stopped and bemoaned for me the fog. I laughed and told him that was what I was photographing. It was so relaxing and at the same time exciting to see the sun rise into the tree tops.


  4. These do convey warmth, a nice pale coppery look to them.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    These are gorgeous! The goose nest on the beaver lodge – funny! And imagine, there are probably other creatures nesting there too, little insects, amphibians maybe, i don’t know….I love the colors and soft detail in that second image. And the first one is just wonderful, with that amazing light. Beautiful!!!

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    • I agree with you that there most likely are other creatures taking advantage of the beaver’s hard work. I wasn’t sure the light would do this when I started my hike. The sky seemed pretty socked in but the strength of the rising sun warmed things up wonderfully. It was lovely to be there and swamps get too much bed rep. 🙂

      Thanks, Lynn.

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