Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Drainage Pipe Waterway


As the ice and snow begin to melt and the water level rises, this drainage pipe under the railroad bed will soon become a waterway connecting two ponds on either side of the tracks; allowing for movement of ducks from one side to the other. In this picture, taken from my photo archives, Wood Ducks can be seen swimming into one of the two huge drainage pipes located here under the tracks. This is one of my favourite locations for watching wildlife, and later on as the seasons progress, Painted Turtles can be found here also.

10 comments:

Mary said...

How nice that something man did actually helps the wildlife! It looks like a great place to watch wildlife. Lovely ducks and can't wait for you to post more :-) The turtle picture is very pretty with their bluish color and all those green "pancakes" :-)

Mary said...

Did you add that last photo after I commented?? I missed it the first time! Great underwater shot!

me and my camera said...

Mary:
I guess I'm a day late with the 'green' pancakes and perhaps I am cheating a little by pushing the seasons ahead a bit with my photos. Yes, this is a lovely place and I go there most every day in the spring and on the other side of the road there is yet another water area, this one being more like a lake than a pond.

And, yes, I had added the last photo after I had first published the post initally; you hadn't missed it.

Sandpiper said...

Your pictures are beautiful! I love the megansers and that swimming turtle is fantastic! This does look like a good place to watch wildlife. The drain is an interesting way to deal with the situation. I'm glad it works.

bobbie said...

I love turtles! Your pictures are marvelous.

me and my camera said...

bobbi:
If you love turtles then you will enjoy some of my photos that I plan on posting sometime in late June for that is the time of year when I often find Snapping Turtles laying their eggs. Nice that you enjoyed these Painted ones.

Texas Travelers said...

Nice story. Makes you feel like you were outdoors for a short walk. The photo are great.

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful photos thanks for sharing. When I was a little girl, we found a turtle that someone had spray painted blue, and a few months later we were canoeing in the lake and ran across it again..

April said...

I enjoyed your interesting article on the drainage pipe waterway. Wonderful turtle pictures. I like the underwater one especially where you can see the turtle swimming. It's very clear. :)

me and my camera said...

texas travelers:
Soon now, as spring progress, morning walks will not have to be enjoyed in recall through my archives photos; but instead I will be gathering new nature photo memories to store away.

stacey:
Its always amazing to encounter a creature from the wild and to be able to greet it with recognition. Your turtle story is an interesting one!

april:
There were two turtles there under the water and I remember the day I took this underwater turtle picture. At this location there is another drainage pipe, in this case, going under the highway to a sort of lake on the other side and the turtles were at the mouth of tht pipe. Thank you for your comments.