Friday, April 10, 2015

Marsh Reflections

 Wonky reflections - McKenzie Marsh, Aurora

1. Local marshes are still a dull yellow, but as you can see by the runner on the boardwalk, this marsh is coming to life. Spring birds are beginning to return too.

2. This marsh is in a built-up area and is a great place for urban and suburban humans to reconnect with nature.

More wiggly reflections

3. FYI:  marsh is a wetland area where plant growth is made up of mostly cattails, reeds, rushes and sedges.

4. Many wetlands in the Great Lakes area are under stress: toxic runoff, invasive exotic species,  artificial changes in water level, filled in, paved over...

5. Why should we care? They
   a. help control and reduce flooding in low-lying areas
   b. help reduce damage along shorelines
   c. filter water for reservoirs
   d. attract birds, fish and other animals
   e. are great places to take your camera!

To enjoy reflections from around the world, visit James at Weekend Reflections HERE

I am joining Nancy's Random 5 Friday at Rural Journal HERE

57 comments:

Gattina said...

A beautiful place and nice reflections !

Andy said...

It won't be long until the marsh comes to life.

Halcyon said...

The wetlands are so important. I love seeing them through all the seasons. :)

llandudnopictures said...

Have a great weekend!

Revrunner said...

Like those "wonky" reflections. :-)

Marleen said...

Lovely reflections there.

eileeninmd said...

EG, it is a beautiful place, lovely reflections..I wish more people would care about the wetlands and their protection. Have a happy Friday and weekend ahead!

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely place to have a walk and great reflections

Barbara Wójcik said...

Beautiful place...

Gill - That British Woman said...

all great reasons why marshes are important and should be looked after. I am talking about Mango flavoured cornflakes today!!

diane b said...

It is great to have these pockets of nature in towns. Love the wriggly reflections.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I love marshes, unfortunately over the years many of them in the Tulsa area due to the ongoing drought that we have had for years.

Michelle said...

Looks like a great place for a walk.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I don't know why people have to be so blind to what we are doing to our home. What saddens me the most is the trash that people throw in the water or on the shore- especially plastics.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Love the wiggly, squiggly, 'wonky' reflections.

John's Island said...

I don't think the average person appreciates marsh areas as much as they should. This is a neat post to put some light on it. Thanks for sharing and for your kind comments on my blog.

David Gascoigne said...

I have birded this wetland several times. It varies from quite productive to almost devoid of birds.

see you there! said...

Interesting reflections. I like the spot of red supplied by the human in the first shot.

Darla

Sandra said...

and add to this problem the air pollution and are planet is in trouble. one of our blog friends in Cananda posted today they were warned to stay inside due to air pollution.

Donna said...

I love wetlands like this as it is so important for critters to live and it is important for humans for many of the reasons you talk about...

Mary Hone said...

Very nice, the reflection makes the photo for sure.

Sylvia K said...

I do love areas like this and your photos are terrific as always. It is a shame that they aren't cared for as much as they should be, but that seems to be the case in many areas these days. Great post! Thank you!!

TexWisGirl said...

i love wonky water reflections. :)

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots! If anything, we need more wetlands.

VP said...

Runners are everywhere!

VP said...

Runners are everywhere!

Taken For Granted said...

Lovely reflections in that marsh. Nicely done.

handmade by amalia said...

What an amazing place! Must be wonderful to see it come out of its winter sleep.
Amalia
xo

José Mendonça said...

Wetlands are fascinating habitats, sadly so badly taken care of in too many places.

Andrea Priebe said...

I live in Lake County and the taxes are very high, but we don't mind because they use a great deal of money to buy and restore wetlands and forest preserves as well as the lake front. Good to hear you explain the importance. Every bit of education that can get out there may help save more wetlands ... and support all of nature. Love your Wonky Reflections, EGC ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

RedPat said...

A great post, EG!

Kathy said...

And the runner has on short sleeves! Spring is getting ready to burst forth in Ontario!

Ginny said...

You are lucky, we have nothing like this around here. I would just love sitting there and watching the fish, turtles, and birds.

Karen S. said...

It's all still good, and I know just how beautiful it soon will be!

Fun60 said...

Lovely wonky reflections.

Montanagirl said...

I like your "marshy" reflections!!

jeannettestgermain said...

These reflections add so much to the landscape! Have a great weekend:)

A Quiet Corner said...

Far from "wonky"!!!!! ...:)JP

Valerie said...

All nature preservation is important and we should all care more ;) Thank you for the beautiful wonky reflections.

CountryMum said...

A beautiful place indeed to preserve for all.

Cloudia said...

Re-connect = rejuvenate!




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Everything will soon be in full swing, I like the runner picture..

Susan said...

So beautiful!

Viola said...

Oh this is a lovely spring time, and I love that marsh color, so much expectations in and around it :) Lovely reflections!

Rose said...

I love the squiggleys...someone else had squiggly reflections...Oh, I remember Tex. Loved hers and loved yours.

I used to all the time tell my husband that soon everything would either be paved or under concrete!

Randy said...

Beautiful shots.

marshaleith said...

Love the wonky reflections!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful reflections!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Oh,I love those marsh reflections.

Jack said...

I am on your side. I like marshes, too.

rainfield61 said...

This is certainly a great place.

Viera said...

very nice place and lovely wonky reflection...

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

yes!! save the wetlands. keep the natural habitats, not only for the animals...but for people too, to appreciate & get back to nature!
love the reflection shot, and the dull yellow/brown marsh...but pretty soon it will all be turning green!!

Valerie said...

Lovely reflections - the environment suggests it is the perfect place to participate in reflections of another kind too!

Jeevan said...

I'm totally with you on marsh! Marsh are slowly dying in my state/city to the urban development and as dumping yard.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

We sure love OUR wetland. We are surrounded. It's lovely.

cieldequimper said...

I wish all marshes could be protected but it's not the case here yet though we're getting there! The whole city of Versailles is built on former marshes! Lovely shots EG, I see it's getting warmer if joggers are sleeveless!

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