Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sudbury River - Little Farms to Indian Pt. & Return
I don't think I could have found a more idyllic setting for a trash patrol lunch break than what I found at Indian Point, just a little after noon today.
Having launched at Little Farms Road in Framingham, I'd drifted down past the old Stone Bridge...
Just upstream of the bridge, where the portals are blocked by branches etc., I recovered the first 6 pieces of trash. A little ways downstream of the same bridge, a fairly new canoe paddle was found floating behind a snag in mid-channel.
Soon, I had paddled downriver sufficiently to leave behind the sound of Saturday morning lawnmowers and came upon this great blue heron with his mouth slightly open. Perhaps it's his method for staying cool?...
Not too far from the heron was this small turtle that seemed indifferent to my presence...
In addition to the heron and turtle, other wildlife encountered today were cardinals, mallards, red-winged blackbirds, and a belted kingfisher that was being harrassed by red-winged blackbirds at Indian Point.
Six other kayakers were also encountered on the water today. Some may have been participating in RiverFest activities. Organizers of that event could not have asked for better conditions.
This was the view heading back upriver...
Once back at Little Farms Road, I went about sorting my trash while a US Postal employee, utilyzed the peaceful locale to sort the mail in his truck. It reminded me of the Seinfeld tv show's Frank Costanza invoking his "Serenity Now!". He would have found it, had he been here today.
My trash count for the day was 45. Of these, 23 were recyclable (7 redeemable) and 22 were rubbish consisting of 5 spray paint cans, plastic bags, styrofoam, etc...
My YTD total stands at 2276.
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My friend Pat Finelli posted on Facebook today a compelling film clip of a very romantic Green turtle today.
You should take the time to view it. Within are old bottles and a real close shot of the turtles butt!
Brought back memories.
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