We have a fair number of deer that live in the marsh and the nearby fields and yards. It makes it hard on my wife's garden, especially since our deer are illiterate and do not read the "deer-proof" plant tags and eat them anyways. There are also raccoons out here and muskrats. So at several places there are paths worn down through the grass. When the tide is high or we have had a lot of rain, the paths flood like in the picture below. It is not uncommon for us to scare a deer out from under the pier as we start walking out or see them flash their white-tails as the disappear into the taller grasses and phragmites.
|Animal path flooded during high tide|
During dryer periods, there are several open mud spots that form where the grasses haven't taken and we will occasionally see shorebirds stopping by for a bite.
At the end of the pier is a small boat dock where we keep a canoe for quick trips out onto the creek. For longer trips we drag out kayaks all the way out there. It sure is nice to have water access but it takes nearly as long to carry both boats the 900 ft to the creek as it does to drive to the local boat dock and drop them off at the water's edge. This is probably the most photogenic in the pier and my go-to location for marsh photos. On this day it was foggy so the view isn't great but I will be posting more in the future that should really show off the beauty of the creek.
I hope you enjoyed this quick introduction the our marsh and come back for more.