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Bill Anderson

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While Friday afternoon (10-19-18) was clear and sunny up at my house, Puget Sound and the low lying areas remained fogged in all day.

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Autumn leaves on the boardwalk.

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The fog hid development and the condos at Pt. Edwards, which made the marsh look as though it was miles from civilization.

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Bill Anderson

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Late Sunday afternoon (10-21-18) shots of the marsh at sunset as we enter mid autumn. The autumn colors have been very good this year as we have not had any rain or wind storms to knock the leaves off the trees.

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Not quite a full moon was rising over Harbor Square.

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Bill Anderson

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The last day of autumn (12-20-18) at the marsh. The days will start getting longer, but not necessarily sunnier, from now through the summer solstice next June.

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Bill Anderson

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I drove down to the marsh Monday (2-4-19) afternoon for some snow shots.
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It had snowed the night before and the temps stayed in the low 20's all day. The wind was really bad near the Sound, which made me think of the marsh scene from the movie Derzu Uzala.

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I did not stay out long due to the windchill.

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Bill Anderson

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Snowmagedon has been forecast this weekend for the Puget Sound Region. It began afternoon (2-8-19) and I went down to the marsh for photographs.

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Bill Anderson

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Friday afternoon (2-15-2019) I was down at the marsh hoping to photograph birds. This month's combination of heavy snow, high winds, and rain has flattened the remains of last year's cattails and rushes. Many of our viewing and photo angles have been restored after being taken away by last year's explosive growth of the foliage in the marsh. It will be interesting to see what happens this spring and summer of 2019.

From the boardwalk. Compare these photos with ones I took last summer.

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"The pond" is visible from the board walk once again.

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The waterway closest to the #1 viewing platform, where we see snipes during lower water levels, is now visible as well.

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The cattails off the #2 (main) viewing platforms have been smashed down. The swallow box is once again fully visible.

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Bill Anderson

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More shots, taken Sunday afternoon (3-10-19), of the foliage at the marsh that has been beaten down by this winter's snow, rain, and wind. It will be interesting to see if the foliage bounces back with super growth like it did last year.

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Bill Anderson

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From the boardwalk that goes out to the #1 viewing platform.

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The "pond" off the boardwalk

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and the waterway nearest the #1 viewing platform are now visible.

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Bill Anderson

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The foliage in the marsh never did grow back to its 2018 level. Here are some photos I look Labor Day (9-2-19). Compare these photos to ones I took last year, starting on 6-30-18.
http://www.pnwphotos.com/forum/index.php?threads/parkscapes.8187/page-5

The rushes were badly beaten down this past winter, which may have prevented new growth from poking through this spring and summer.

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Last year's explosive growth of foliage blocked the small passage between the nearby waterway and the "pond." The "pond" is now separated from the waterway and does not drain when the water flows out of the marsh during low tide. Last year's foliage was so high and dense that it blocked views of the "pond" and nearby waterways from the boardwalk and viewing platforms #1 and #2.

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Close ups from the boardwalk of the beaten down rushes.
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The cattails have grown back, but not as high as last year.
 
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