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What's Happening to the Marsh?

A Season of Change

Bull Dozers have moved in, and the water is disappearing. There must be some long range plan.

However, whatever that plan is, it does not seem favorable to photographers. With many of the pool shore lines being moved farther out, it has been become increasingly difficult to photograph migrating water fowl. Outside the restricted areas of the Refuge, even a 600mm lens with a 2x extender no longer seems to provide adequate reach. Athough there were supposedly 800,000 migrating water fowl on the Refuge on the day that I was took these photos, most of those birds were mere teeny dots in the far distance visable with only a telescope.

With most of the wildlife out of reach, I spent time photographing the on-going earth moving and construction and how the marsh looks Fall 2009. Truthfully, I was quite sad to see some of my favorites locations for photography now gone.

You can see this Marsh in previous years throughout many of my other galleries with my wildlife images. It once was an awesome place for both wildlife and for photography. Hopefully, it will someday be again.

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What's Going on?
What's Going on?
New Face of the Marsh
New Face of the Marsh
Eagle's Retreat
Eagle's Retreat
Lotus in with the Rice Grass
Lotus in with the Rice Grass
Sunset Pool
Sunset Pool
Mounds of Dirt
Mounds of Dirt
Now a Tiny Stream
Now a Tiny Stream
Where has the water gone?
Where has the water gone?
Dirt to fill in the Water
Dirt to fill in the Water
The Shore Has Moved.
The Shore Has Moved.
No Water; No Water Fowl
No Water; No Water Fowl
Extended
Extended
Tracks
Tracks
Screening the Water
Screening the Water
Near the Lose Hills
Near the Lose Hills
New Shore Line
New Shore Line
Former Home
Former Home
At  Water's  Edge
At Water's Edge
Moved
Moved
Mounds
Mounds
Goodbye to a Pond
Goodbye to a Pond
Will This Tree Survive?
Will This Tree Survive?
Another Bulldozer
Another Bulldozer
Amost Tree High
Amost Tree High
Shore Bird Marsh
Shore Bird Marsh
Smoke
Smoke
Thousands of Birds
Thousands of Birds
Black Birds in the Corn
Black Birds in the Corn
The Grass is Taking Over
The Grass is Taking Over
Alone in the Wetlands
Alone in the Wetlands
The Marsh Needs Water
The Marsh Needs Water
Dug Up
Dug Up
Fall Wetlands
Fall Wetlands
Filled in with Dirt
Filled in with Dirt
Introduced Grasses
Introduced Grasses
Trees
Trees
Marshland
Marshland
Unchanged
Unchanged
October Lotus
October Lotus