With Lake Ontario at record high levels, coastal marshes have now spilled over large areas which are normally more or less dry land.
To take pictures along the walking trail along Bowmanville Creek at the north side of Bowmanville Marsh, you need to add hip waders to your photography kit – mere knee-high boots will only get you around the edges of this wetland.
Though the bare ground has been well under the waters for weeks now, many of the moist woodland species appear to be thriving.
The meadow at the east end of West Beach Road, just 100 meters from the Lake Ontario shoreline, also teems with activity.
With masses of rotting wood from generations of huge willow trees along the edge of this meadow, there are billions of ants – now all flushed out of the ground to find a dry perch. Anything sticking out of the water – a blade of grass, stem of last year’s goldenrod, or the odd passing photographer – soon acquires a population of ants. Myrmecophobes be forewarned.
But there are bigger animals making the grass rustle – schools of carp now swim and splash through this meadow.
If you are a bottom feeder this is fine dining.
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