Middle Patuxent River Scenes

August 31st, 2007

After work today, I decided to take the dogs on some trails near my house that follow along the Middle Patuxent River. I like these trails because they’re not paved, and once you get on them, you rarely see anyone else along the way. You can still hear some of the traffic from the major highways surrounding the area, but for the most part, you have the illusion that you’re lost in nature.

Middle Patuxent River

Today, I was fortunate to see 6-7 deer out on the trails. They didn’t stick around long enough for me to take their picture, but they are quite magnificent creatures, especially the males with their large antlers. I’m not sure what the true rating of cleanliness for this river is, but I’m often encouraged when I see several frogs, water bugs, and freshwater asiatic clams in the riverbed. Of course, the clams themselves are introduced, but that’s for someone else to worry about.

Middle Patuxent River

The aquatic vegetation is not very rich in this waterway. I suspect that is due to a combination of too much shade, and too little still water to allow plants to get rooted. I have spotted what appears to be a species of Polygonum, both in the water and along the banks, but little else of interest. Nevertheless, it really is a beautiful river that I enjoy visiting. I hope you enjoy the pictures as well.

Middle Patuxent River

One Response to “Middle Patuxent River Scenes”

  1. Two Medicine Man Says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Ingles about following your ‘writings.’ As a volunteer ranger at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, I truly can relate to your observations. Please reach out to me if you want to share your online posts in a wider forum…

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