There is a path that runs along the shore through the thick riparian forest on this side of the river, behind the trees in my painting. The path is pretty well lined with Poison Ivy, so the safest way for some folks to go upstream is by wading. Adam and Claire have been wading barefoot, and they've come back with cuts on their feet from the Zebra Mussels that finally killed off the populations of big old native mussels beginning in 2005.
The big old clams that we'd always admired here inspired the feeling that some individuals may have been the first generation since the construction of the Rideau Canal 150 years ago, and now they are only scattered eroded shells. See more for a photo of Fred wading.
The channel between the islets is the only sediment isn't welded together by Zebra mussels. Rhamnus frangula dense with young green berries dominates the islets, and white-berried Dogwood is also present and in fairly heavy fruit... Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron) flew off from where it has been wading on the north shore below the weir."
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