Monday, July 4, 2016

Wild Time on the Concord


Got out on the Concord River this beautiful July Fourth morning.  After passing under a very quiet and serene Old North Bridge (at left) I continued downriver and near Saw Mill Brook encountered three wild pups playing on the riverbank...

Hard to tell if they're fox or coyotes.

One stalked me...
...before looking like it might charge...
...then just emerged from the shrubbery and sat-up like a dog...
When it returned to the woods I noted its tail was black-tipped.


Another mile or so downstream this handsome white-tailed buck with velvet antlers stood at water's edge...
...and added some majesty to the holiday.

Once back at Egg Rock I noted the very low water level in relationship to the inscription...
...before ascending the Assabet River as far as Spencer Brook which is down to only a trickle...

With the Assabet seeing very little boat traffic due the shallow water this heron acted like he had the place to himself...


Returning to the confluence at Egg Rock I found a very busy intersection...
Several families were fishing from the Calf Pasture while an endless line of canoes and kayaks passed by.

My trash haul reflects the low water conditions...

5 comments:

Erik Eckilson said...

You always get such great wildlife shots. Did you stick around for the reenactment at the bridge?

Trashpaddler said...

Hi Erik, Thanks. Wasn't aware of a reenactment yesterday as I think it's only done on April 19. Sure were a lot of folks on the river though. Saw you got out on the Pawcatuck. Was a great day to be on the water!

Diana said...

Hello! Love following your pists! Just wondering where you put in for this paddle?

Trashpaddler said...

Thanks Diana. Because it was a holiday I launched from a spot on the lower Sudbury River. Had it not been a holiday, I would have launched from Lowell Rd. which would've been ideal for that stretch of river.

Diana said...

Ah, thanks! Always looking for new spots to explore. This looks like a great spot to view wildlife! PS...I'll be sure to check for trash as well!