Friday, August 06, 2010
A Green Ocean of Grass
The fresh water marsh behind the barrier islands that I have been posting about in an earlier post is shown above. This nature preserve is lovely and peaceful and felt somewhat mystical to me as I stood there with my back to the ocean wind. I could still hear the power of the pounding surf not far behind me when I took this photo, but the view in front was quiet like a painting or the entrance to another world.
The wading birds take advantage of this area all year but more so during the migration times of seasonal change. Further in toward the land the water was not so high in the marsh and actually dry in places during the time that I was there. This is a carefully 'managed' marsh with flood gates and water levels closely monitored and changed by man. The natural resource folks want to make sure that this area does not face drought or flooding to the extent that animals or plants would be adversely impacted. (The hubris of mankind...) The gates are hidden by foliage so it all looks perfectly natural and wild.
The grasses flow like green ocean waves against the expanse of the blue sky.