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Ferns in a wooded area of the Great Swamp
This weekend, I gathered up my houseguests and drove over to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Since my party was not dressed for hiking and not uniformly vigorous, we chose to visit the Morris County (NJ) Park Service's Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, which sits at the edge of the USFWS-managed refuge and has short loop trails that are intended to be accessible to most. Quoting from their website:
The Great Swamp was created approximately 15,000 years ago, when the melting waters of the Wisconsin Glacier poured into the natural basin known as the Passaic Valley. However, the Great Swamp is not entirely swampland but rather a mixture of marshes, meadows, dry woods and brush-covered swamps. It is the intermingling of these four habitats that gives the Great Swamp its unique character, allowing the swamp to support a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Please join me below the orange vine for my photos of the flowers and plants (and a critter) we saw as we walked. Next week, as some of us are migrating to Detroit, I'll have the other half of my photos, consisting mostly of trees doing weird things.

reeds - phragmites
We could hear, but not see, red-winged blackbirds in the reeds


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