This post is about a trek taken at Lake Erie Metropark in late June. I figured I’d better get this picture-laden post published soon, as I’ve made a couple of trips to this venue since then to see the water lotuses, so I will be doing a separate post soon on those lovely and delicate flowers .
This is such a huge Metropark, (1,607 acres), and there is a lot to see. In the three years I’ve been going here, I am sure I have still not explored every corner of this park. I’ve mentioned our wacky weather this year, and, as I write this post, usually by late August, the grass is brown and crispy and it seems you can hear your footsteps when you walk on it. We had our sunniest June ever on record here in Southeast Michigan, but when we had rain, it was the torrential, think-about-building-an-ark kind of rain. Unfortunately, the Cherry Hill Marsh Trail has been flooded throughout 2019 and 2020.
On this day, it seemed as though everything was a bright-green color. Last year the boathouse (pictured above) was repainted from turquoise to this pale, pea-green hue.
I stopped to say “hi” to Luc, the resident bald eagle and had to step across a wooden pallet that was a makeshift walkway to traverse the mud in order to get to the overlook where the boat house sits. This overlook gives you a nice view of the marsh.
I saw no ducks which are usually paddling around the marsh, but I did see extensive green pond scum.
Since the Cherry Island Trail was muddy with pools of water, I decided on a trail that was further inland. Yes, this would do just fine. No worries about social distancing since it appeared I was by myself on this trail and thus spent about an hour before I saw another human.
But, just in case I forgot myself, there were plenty of signs describing the distance of six feet apart.
I walked along the overlook as I headed to the boat launch site. My head swiveled around looking for a sign of life … wildlife that is. I said to myself “where are the Herons, Egrets, Geese and Swans?” I guess I spoke to quickly as I next heard the unmistakable screech of a Great Blue Heron, who likely heard my mutterings and left the marsh without further adieu. You can see him zipping by in this shot below, though I had barely enough time to focus on him after hearing his horribly screechy noise.
I continued through the marsh, pausing to take photos of more green slimy algae that had settled onto the water’s surface …
… but here, the water was clearer, chock full of frog-bit and lime-green pond lily leaves.
In the middle of the marsh, sticking out of the still-dormant bulrushes, was this dead tree, which looked like some type of weird sculpture.
Along the wooden overlook, there was a slight breeze and the fuzz was flying … the poplar tree fuzz that is. If those white wisps were not airborne, they had glommed together in a pile. Below, the cottony fibers likely snagged on a rough piece of wood on the walkway.
I headed down to the boat launch area, hoping to see a Seagull or two perching on a buoy – it is always a good photo op when they stand there, swaying ever so slightly on the huge green buoy. The seagulls watch the fishermen to see if they might snag a meal when those guys (or gals) look away for a minute. Those wily gulls probably know what this sign says, so they have to work hard for their meals and be sneaky to snag a fish from a fisherman’s bucket or boat. 🙂
No food-snatching Seagulls and the buoys were all rocking gently with no visitors atop them, so no photo ops there, save getting a shot of the raggedy-looking rope that is tied to a post from the makeshift fence around the perimeter of the parking lot.
Adjacent to the boat launch area is the opposite end of the Cherry Island Marsh Trail.
I checked it out to see if it was dry or muddy here, but it wasn’t too promising from what I could see as puddles and pools of water were just a few yards from the start point of the trail.
It was a great morning, notwithstanding those muddy spots. On the way back to the car, I saw a group of splashing Mallards along the way. You can read about that portion of this trek here in case you missed it.
Soon I will be writing about the water lotuses at this park – stay tuned!