Song Bird Trail, Marquette

View of Little Presque, photo copyright Kim Nixon

Delta Reflection, photo copyright Kim Nixon

Up a Tree, photo copyright Kim Nixon

Last Year's Bounty, photo copyright Kim nixon

Duck Eggs, photo copyright Kim Nixon

 Beaver Berm, photo copyright Kim Nixon

Today I went to Song Bird Trail in Marquette, Michigan to scout for a hike I will be on with others this Saturday. I wanted to know the path and I wanted to spend my day off out-of-doors.

I saw a red squirrel, deer droppings, two Canadian goose flying over head, various song birds in the delta brush, and I flushed a duck, on accident, and took the opportunity to quickly take a shot of the duck eggs. I believe she was a female mallard. I saw my first live fresh water calm and spaced it out to the bottom of this post–the colors are not great due to shooting a macro thru water–when I get a new camera I hope having a polarizing lense will solve problems.

I saw lots of deadfalltrees and many cut by beaver for a dam, berm but did not see the lodge. I saw high bush cranberry, lowbush blueberry, Labrador Tea, and wintergreen. Not much is green or new–we are still on the edge of spring and winter in the Upper Peninsula.

The water level was low but at the mouth of the delta where I thought I could cross I sunk past my knees into a type of quicksand. Luckily I had my Keen sandals and wool socks off and my pants were rolled. This was Lake Superior water washing up creek and winter melt coming down. I was iced! I had to pull my legs up slow and place them carefully backing up my steps to the shore I started on.

I had started out on the trail with a fleece jacket, sweat shirt and t-shirt, winter hats and gloves. I had my red backpack (with wings), lunch, water, and extra batteries. I met a couple from Colorado who were biking trails. They shared thier dissappointenet that the ferry was not yet in season to go to Grand Island in the Munising area. I told them what bike sho0ps in town could help with maps of trails. I finished the trail much warmer. I found sun on sand and warmed myself. My pants were wet to my hips. I had over half the trail to go.

 Fresh Water Clam, photo copyright Kim Nixon



About kimnixon

Upper Peninsula Michigan Artist and Writer

Posted on May 8, 2008, in Magic Lands, Nature Writing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ooooo, nice photos Kim, I really like the eggs in the nest!

  2. Beautiful pictures and BRRR! that dip into the quick sand must have been a bit scary.

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