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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ledson Marsh


This is Ledson Marsh.  On this day I thought I would hike around the entire marsh.  There is a trail around 3/4's of it.  The other one quarter I was really looking forward to.

Part way around I saw the marsh was all dried up.  I shouldn't have been surprised considering the extreme drought-like conditions California is in.  But hey, I'll make the most of it and explore what is usually unexplorable.

I came to the portion where the water runs through it and was concerned about sinking into deep mud.  I was surprised to find it solid.  Just beneath the surface the water was frozen solid.  This was like being on the tundra of Canada and Alaska I thought. 

Not all the water was frozen,

just along the edge,

  which created an interesting effect. Incidentally it was a very pleasant warm day so I do not understand how this can remain frozen.

 Eventually I had to follow some animal paths through the reeds and cattails in trying to get to the unexplored quarter I was seeking.  Here I was thinking of Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in the movie The African Queen.

I couldn't get through to the other side and dejectedly had to turn back.  Now which way did I come?  Well these guys helped guide me back to the trail side of the marsh.  Once on the trail I noticed my pants just covered with little stickers.  I don't know what I got into but it looked like a miniature porcupine had got me.  I spent about 15 minutes pulling stickers from my pants and socks.

Next time I will attack the unexplored quarter from a different approach.




10 comments:

  1. Always on the way, there is much to explore I see. It is a place you don't see much other people I think, looks rather abandoned.

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  2. A little robinson crusoe experiment here. But this kind of frozen mud can be very treacherous as some mammoths in siberia has proven. Still great nature to explore.

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  3. Oh, I know what it's like to want to find a way to explore a place but have to turn back. Better luck next time!

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  4. When I went to a dry pond Saturday, I, too, was surprised at the frozen ground. Did you guys have burst water pipes under roads like we had here?

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  5. Beautiful shots of the marsh and ice formations. Looks like a cool place, thankfully without leeches.

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  6. My, my, you were in the mood for an adventure. No water, so no leeches, Humphrey. But the stickers took their place. Hey, is that a bird in your last shot? Or is Sinbad out for a stroll? Can't quite tell.

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  7. Looks like an interesting place.

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  8. You get some amazing shots on your hikes. «Louis» has never seen shelf fungi before. It is interesting how that water remained frozen on the edges.

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