To the left there are two pictures of the same swampy area from about 5 minutes further on down the path.
Barberry Bush is even out in the fairly wild areas. One of our projects has been exterminating any we find. I didn't have gloves with me to do so today, though in the case of the shrub in the picture I'd need either pruning sheers or an axe to deal with it!
Below you can see a picture of where the swamp and the river that feeds it first meet. It's hard to really see through the tree cover, but the slope is fairly steep there and without a hiking partner other than the dog shaped blur in the photo, I didn't want to risk hurting myself.
|The river looking down stream into the swamp itself.|
On the left you can see the river that feeds into that large swampy area. I think I need to get waders, or be willing to go knee deep into cold water if I really want to get good pictures of some of this. On the right bottom is a picture of a huge old tree that must have gone down some years ago. I just thought it looked really beautiful. Below is a blurry shot of what looks like the work of beavers just at the mouth of the swamp where the river meets it. I really wish I'd brought the camera for that one.
Last but not least is a picture of one of the smaller scats I found of the same kind. The Lady of the House thinks it is likely Coyote or Bear droppings. From her guess from just looking at my blurry pictures she thinks it's been eating rabbits and squirrels. For scale, the fully opened leatherman is 8" long.