I got there a little early, and the park was not open yet. Riding further down the road, I saw someone, camera in-hand, and knew it had to be Marilyn. We caught up with each other as mist rose over the pond's dam, and is as often the case with kindred spirits, we didn't stop talking until it was time to go, which is likely the reason Marilyn reported seeing so few birds in her account of the trip.
|This structure is a fish ladder that enables river herring to continue upstream.|
Just as was the case during my last visit to Merchants Millpond, the dark, tannin-rich water transformed its surface into a mirror. In these parts it has not been the most spectacular fall color-wise, but what little we did see was made twice as nice by the watery reflection.
|Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) has an affinity for bald cypress (Taxodium distichum).|
|Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris)|
|Parrot's feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) might have a nice texture, but it is an exotic invasive.|
|Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)|