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  • Jennifer Dowd

 A Tranquil Overcast Early Morning Among the Spring Birds of Somenos Marsh - March 29, 2024

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of nature lies Somenos Marsh, a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Recently, I embarked on a day adventure to this picturesque sanctuary in search of spring birds, accompanied by my faithful companion, my dog, Baylee. Little did I know, this outing would not only provide me with the opportunity to capture stunning photos of the avian inhabitants but also offer a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

As the sun rose over the marshland, painting the sky with hues of pink and gold, Baylee and I eagerly set out on our expedition. Armed with my camera, we meandered along the winding trails that crisscrossed the wetlands, our senses heightened by the anticipation of encountering the vibrant birdlife that called this place home.

As we strolled along the boardwalks that stretched out over the tranquil waters, a symphony of bird calls greeted us, filling the air with a melodic chorus. From the distinctive trill of red-winged blackbirds to the haunting cry of the great blue heron, each sound served as a reminder of the rich diversity of life that thrived within this natural sanctuary.

With each step, I found myself enchanted by the sight of colorful plumage and graceful movements as the birds went about their daily activities. With my camera poised and ready, I captured moments of beauty and grace, freezing them in time as cherished memories of our tranquil adventure.

Though our primary goal was to catch a glimpse of the springtime arrivals and perhaps even the sight of newly hatched chicks, it soon became apparent that we may have been a tad early in the season. Yet, far from feeling disappointed, I embraced the opportunity to simply revel in the peaceful atmosphere of the marsh, allowing myself to be fully present in the moment.

Though we may not have witnessed the hustle and bustle of springtime activity as we had hoped, our day at Somenos Marsh was far from a waste. Instead, it served as a gentle reminder of the importance of slowing down, of taking the time to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and the moments of quiet serenity that enrich our lives.

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