I live on the bank of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, close to the Vermont border. The River is a sourse of enjoyment for my family and me, both for recreation and its natural beauty and wildlife. Here are a few photos taken last week over the course of a couple of unusually hot early June days. I hope you enjoy them.
The French King BridgeThe French King Bridge is a three-span "cantilever arch" style bridge crossing the Connecticut River on the border of the towns of Erving and Gill, Massachusetts. The bridge carries automobile traffic and is part of Massachusetts Route 2.
The geese are fun and we tolerate them, though they go on shore and make a terrible mess!
The above photo of the mallard was not touched up in any way. The right combination of factors caused the water to look like smoldering glass. I liked the accidental effect.
The swans on the river are a source of both frustration and enjoyment for us locals. Though they are very pretty, they are not a native species, brought over from other geographical locations and are therefore considered "invasive". They pose a threat to the native wildlife and eco-system and have no natural predators. I believe this is the mute swan.
Mute swans (Cygnus olor) are increasing their populations in Connecticut and cause damage to plants which provide food for other waterfowl as well as outcompeting other waterfowl for nesting habitat.
A form of river lily pad. There are thousands that grow up out of the river bottom in certain sections of the river.
Above we are getting close to sun set, facing east to the docks where we keep our boat. We anchored, ate our sandwiches and Oranginas and waited for the setting sun to display its beauty.
It was well worth it!
Speaking of "worth it", these photo memes bring me a lot of pleasure; both in posting and visiting other participants from around the world! Please check them out!
Sky Watch Friday