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Sights and sounds from the marsh
September 15, 2013 - Bill Ackerbauer
I want to thank my friend Bob Conner for directing my attention to a blog post his wife, Barbara, devoted to the sorry state of the Willie Wildlife Marsh. He suggested I look into it for a possible feature story, so I did indeed look into it ... In fact, I almost lost a shoe in it.
In case you missed the story in today's Sunday "Living" section, check it out here: Bogged Down.
I spent some quality time marching around the marsh the other day, enjoying the peace and quiet and trying to capture some wildlife on camera. Unfortunately, my mediocre camera wasn't up to the task, as two great blue herons took flight and disappeared before I could get the thing to focus. Fortunately, some butterflies and dragonflies stayed still long enough for me to shoot their portraits, and the pond scum and dead trees also were ready for their closeups.
I also should thank my colleague Bill Pitcher, who helped me track down Dick Spinks, one of the now-retired DEC employees who built the trail system around the marsh more than 20 years ago. Dick was sorry to hear the site hasn't been maintained properly in recent years, especially considering all the work he put into making it accessible to and informative for the public. At any rate, I'm glad to hear DEC plans to fix the place up soon, and I will look forward to returning to the marsh with my kids next year.
Here's a slideshow with some of the shots I took this week, along with audio recorded on my iPhone:
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