While in the Finger Lakes region, I visited the Montezuma Refuge twice. The first time was Saturday – a clear evening, just at sunset… a silly time to try to see birds, since the visitor center is on the east side of the wetland. The sun was very harsh and I could barely stand to look at the water, even though there were tons and tons of birds out there… I contented myself with some wildflower pictures:
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria):
This plant got a bad rap when it was first introduced and it spread like wildfire, seemingly on a mission to displace natives, such as cattails. It seems now, though I don’t know what scientists would have to say about my observation, that it has integrated itself into our landscapes and grows in balance beside the cattails. What is your observation?
I took a little stroll on the “Seneca Trail” which loops from the Visitor Center, along the river, then back. There were pretty reflections on the still water:
After a blinding drive around the big marsh, sun in my eyes the whole way… I decided to head for bed and return in the morning when the sun would be behind me… I’ll tell you about that next time…