The Marsh in Winter

W.J. Astore

I live near a salt marsh, and yesterday saw sunny skies and relatively dry air for these parts. Thus it was high time for a walk and a few photos:

Out on the marsh during low tide. I love a place where I can see the horizon

People hunt out on the marsh. In this case, these Canadian geese had only to worry about a bad profile in my photo:

Soon after taking this, they took to the air

Even in February, there are hints of greener days ahead:

There’s something magical about a spot like this, especially in the dead of winter

Some trees are portals to new places, if you dare:

Speak friend and enter

Open wild spaces: we need them now more than ever

Breathe deep!

Hope you enjoyed these “bracing views”!

11 thoughts on “The Marsh in Winter

  1. Magnificent! I especially like the one with the green peeking through—beautiful contrast.

    Here in Cleveland, I’m looking out at about 8 inches of snow, lighting up the landscape and making a fairyland of our tiny yard.

    Thank you for this gift today!

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  2. mother nature’s symphonic delights as captured through your lens, wja, are sumptuous desserts we can all indulge in, and can do so w/out accreting supererogative caloric infusions that adhere to our frames. thank you for vicariously pulling us through your creative lens; it is, as ever, a refreshing and elutriating mind-trip. please pleasure us w/ more of your foto-excursions.

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  3. Soul-feeding pictures! And reminding me it’s been too long since I’ve been out in the wild. Also reminded me that I was going to get my camera out and try to take some pictures of all the birds we’ve had in our yard recently. Haven’t shot film in several years – hope I remember how the old SLR works!

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  4. Thanks for the photos.

    We have so many Canadian geese here in the Chicago area that they are a problem due to the piles of poop they leave on every open field, including the high school athletic fields where I regularly see a hundred or more. They are beefy birds, easily 2 or 3 times the weight of a chicken. They are hunted up north, aren’t they? Has anyone eaten Canadian goose meat? Why would one hunt a duck rather than a goose…maybe because the weight makes them harder to carry home?

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  5. Hughesnet finally got these fantastic photos downloaded to the post.; smooth as dial up!
    That portal to the land where peace prevails looks mighty tempting…
    I’m ready to climb down into Mother Earth and escape.
    I see Perseverance Rover #1 has made it safely to the red planet for it’s tour of that barren landscape during NASA’s
    “Marshan” review….
    But I much preferred your marsh and guided walk through the magic…
    Many thanks…
    I’d like to linger here but I know that there’s business to attend too… so forward marsh…

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  6. Since I’ve read every Book by the Visionary Astronomer Carl Sagan I give you a fave. Quote of mine on his views of “Nature” Here goes: “Nature is always more subtle, more intricate, more elegant than we are able to imagine.” Carl Sagan “The Demon Haunted World” (1995) Always helps me when contemplating the Universe…!

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