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Ocean View Foundation: Great Salt Pond Stroll

By Elspeth Crawford | Aug 14, 2014

Last Sunday and Monday - the Ocean View Foundation's annual Great Salt Pond Stroll. We decided to go - this is a walk all the way round the Block Island Great Salt Pond over two days, each starting at 11 a.m. and finishing 3-4-5 hours later depending on how much strolling there is and how much stopping to see/learn/enjoy nature, take photos, ask questions and generally appreciate the very different perspectives from the sides of the pond. Advice given: wear protective footwear that can get wet (sharp shells and rocks and parts of the walk are slippery). Bring water and sunscreen and snacks/lunch etc. But be prepared to take your time - it is a STROLL after all.

Although it was also a bit of a scramble in places and sometimes we waded, enormous thanks go the Ocean View Foundation, and to Kim for her knowledge and sharing and planning, especially for the very low tide times that made so much available. Thanks also to Megan for the group photos and the glorious photo of the night heron who just happened to be there to enchant us. Each day required a bit of water crossing, so thanks also to Aaron Beguelin, day 1 ferryman and John Swienton, day 2, and again, to Kim for the planning that went in to two terrific days strolling and learning and making friends. Thanks also to the many non-profits who co-operate to make the Great Salt Pond the really great place it is. (Committee for the Great Salt Pond, and BI Maritime Institute especially)

Day 1: start, we are shown what we might expect
Where to walk
Where to walk
Setting out before looking down and watching where to put feet
Setting out before looking down and watching where to put feet


Various kinds of debris, in crystal clear water
Various kinds of debris, in crystal clear water
So many colours
So many colours
First ferry point from Smugglers to the shellfish beds
First ferry point from Smugglers to the shellfish beds


A look back on the first day
A look back on the first day
First day group, five hours after we began
First day group, five hours after we began
2nd day meets at BIMI beside Smugglers
2nd day meets at BIMI beside Smugglers


What we can expect, starting towards the Narragansett beach
What we can expect, starting towards the Narragansett beach
Flowers, rose hips and Queen Anne's Lace
Flowers, rose hips and Queen Anne’s Lace
Today we cross all the marinas
Today we cross all the marinas


Champlin's just left behind
Champlin’s just left behind
The south shore is greener
The south shore is greener
These are Marsh Mallow, the origin of what is now a sticky sweet
These are Marsh Mallow, the origin of what is now a sticky sweet


Creatures on the shore and in shallow water
Creatures on the shore and in shallow water
Oyster setts - the pond is in good ecological health
Oyster setts – the pond is in good ecological health
Among many birds seen, a night heron, I like my water sparkle picture
Among many birds seen, a night heron, I like my water sparkle picture


This is the picture Meg took of the Night heron
This is the picture Meg took of the Night heron
Crossing the channel
Crossing the channel
End of Day 2, end of stroll.
End of Day 2, end of stroll.

 

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