The Oxbow Cleanup – two weeks later

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Someone, (not the Scouts) kindly mowed the path from the playing field into Oxbow Rd.

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By cutting down the brush and old ragweed, access is now available to this point jutting out into the canal. This is a great spot to bring a chair and watch the wildlife, or fish. It was previously inaccessible.

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What a great fishing spot. With no pesky brush to foul up your lines now.

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I’m not sure what these white flowers are, but they’ve sprouted in an area that was smothered in Ragweed. Now that’s gone, about twenty plants have become visible.

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Fungi are doing their job of recycling, and more visible now.

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It didn’t take long for these lilies to recover from the mowing.

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The Night Stocks have just started to bloom, so an evening walk through The Trail will be heavily perfumed in a few days.

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Farther along, Lilies of the Valley are blooming, and their perfume is one of my favorites. Notice how the Scouts carefully mowed around them.IMG_1761

Night Stocks in the foreground and buttercups (carefully mowed around) on the other side of the stream.

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Many of the trees are in flower now. I’m not sure what this one is, perhaps a Dogwood?

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There’s a huge Cottonwood tree draped with Wisteria at The Erie Crescent end of the trail. In a few days it will look like a waterfall  of flowers, some  thirty feet tall.

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These yellow Iris are just coming into flower. Give them another week and there will be a mass of color here. This particular variety seem to thrive on the shoreline, and in very wet areas.

So far, our little corner of the World looks like it’s doing just fine after the cleanup. There is more to do, railroad sleepers, and old wire fencing to be removed. One fuel tank needs digging out, but this Eagle Scout project is a work in progress and will take a while.

 

 

 

 

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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