Old Man Winter has finally arrived to the Chesapeake Bay. While just the day before was filled with snow flurries, temperatures below freezing set in overnight.
Heading on a birding walkabout, the high winds following the storm kept the birds hiding, and the small marsh ponds at of Governor’s Bridge Natural Area were frozen over.
One in particular had remnants of man’s imprint on the surface. This particular pool always seemed industrially dirty as in a previous life, the land was used for a sand and gravel mining operation. Abandoned in the 1960’s, efforts have been made to allow nature to reclaim the land.
But the devastating stamp of industrialization remain buried under the surface. Sometimes to reappear when least expected.
The colors are beautiful though, and the ice seemed to shimmer in the bitter cold. Mother Nature adding her touch to the palate of color.
Not to be outdone however, is a resident beaver that has come and created his own art on trees near his beaver mound. Of course, he was nowhere to be found.
oh wow that’s quite the markings left behind too :O
These photos are beautiful. The colors make me think of a glaze on expensive pottery.
You know..you’re right ! I thought it was pretty special too. Thank you.
I had exactly the same thought. Looks a lot like beautiful pottery. And the art by the beaver was interesting!
I only wish I could have seen him though Tiny. One day perhaps. Thank you!
The patterns are beautiful, but the handprint of man does have it’s costs.
It really does, but somehow I know nature will overcome. Thank you Charlie.