It is a special experience indeed, to bear witness to the calls of Canada geese in the open water, of solitary and spotted sandpipers at the water's edge, and of blue-headed vireo's and magnolia warblers among others as their calls sounded forth from the surrounding forest.
A porcupine watched us from its Eastern Hemlock perch as we hiked in, and a great variety of insects, amphibians, and plants were present today filling Black Ash Swamp with their unique qualities and incredible beauty.
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord God, for God issued the command and they came into being;
Praise the Lord, wind and water, sun and clouds.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the swamp.
Praise the Lord with your laid back character, porcupine, dweller of the trees.
Praise the Lord with your voices, birds of the water, the muck, and the forest.
Praise the Lord you tiniest of creatures, open our eyes to all of your goodness and beauty!
Let them all praise the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, for his name is very great!
(An old beaver dam made either last year or the year prior continues to hold back the water; but no beaver activity is happening at present)
(Ken and I at the edge of the Black Ash Swamp)
(The blue line is the area we walked)