The Boardwalk by Mike Oxley

Cooper’s Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
August 1, 2010

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A view of the eastern part of the marsh and the boardwalk, taken from a raised observation platform. The Saint Lawrence River is just past the trees and the distant mountains in the background are the Adirondacks in Upper New York State.
To give you an idea how large this area is, that little knot on the boardwalk is a group of 4 people.

_A little note – the flowers predominant in this scene are Purple Loosestrife, an extremely invasive species that has almost taken over this part of the marsh. A few native flowers remain but are slowly being squeezed out by the loosestrife._

A little history, with thanks to

Situated in the Lake St. Francis area of the St. Lawrence River, Cooper Marsh Conservation Area offers an attractive range of marshland, treed swamp, upland meadows, forested areas, wildflower fields, isolated ponds, meandering streams and agricultural land seeded with lure crops for waterfowl.

Cooper Marsh is owned and managed by the Raisin River Conservation Association. The Cooper Marsh Conservators (CMC), a non-profit community support group provide assistance to the RRCA with fundraising, special events and the promotion of this conservation area and its programs. Ducks Unlimited Canada have also been instrumental in the preservation of this site.

Visitors to the Marsh can enjoy the many audio/visual and display rooms in the Visitor’s Centre. . The Visitor’s Centre closes for the winter months but the trails are open year round for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Beginning in the mid 1980’s Ducks Unlimited, with the support of the RRCA, government agencies and other private interest groups built a network of dykes and dams. Three impoundments were created with water levels approximately 1/2 meter higher than that of Lake St. Francis. The resulting flooding has created open water and improved the productivity of the marsh by increasing habitat and plant diversity. The process has taken several years with the result that over 130 bird species now use the area compared to only about 5% of that number before the project began.

Channels and ditches dug into the marsh have created access routes for a variety of fish and small animal inhabitants. Cooper Marsh’s area covers approximately 218 hectares of diversified habitat that attracts over 130 species of birds and a large variety of animal and insect life.

Sony Aplha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 28mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority f13.0, 1/60 second

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Boardwalks are wonderful in conservation areas as they allow clumsy people access, which i would never get to without them. An interesting place.

  • Thanks very much, Fred. These particular boardwalks are getting just a little worse for wear and I hope they repair them instead of closing them as they have done in one of our other sanctuaries.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    Love all that purple…. and what a fabulous boardwalk hike that would be… lovely… :))))

  • Many thanks, Cookie! It is a nice hike and, if you keep a lookout, there’s a fair bit to see.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    What a cool place. I would never leave. Lovely perspective!!

  • Thanks so very much, Lee-Anne. As mentioned, this is the eastern part of the marsh. The western part has a boardwalk, too, and there’s a trail goes right round the perimeter of the whole area. Quite a hike!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks, Audrey!

    – Mike Oxley

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    WOWzer, that’s some boardwalk:-) Great capture Mike. Don.

  • Thanks so very much, Don. It’s a pretty cool place for a wander!

    – Mike Oxley

  • kukawa
    kukawaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful colors and composition Mike!!! Beautiful capture! peace and love, syl

  • Many thanks, Syl! A beauty spot, well wort a visit (or three, or four!)

    – Mike Oxley

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 4 years ago

    This is quite lovely….question..where does it lead to?? We have those flowers at our Lake Lowell, they are gorgeous. Di

  • Greatly appreciated, Di. The boardwalk takes a right turn and heads over to the visitor centre and, if you keep going, there’s another on the west marsh. A great tour of the marsh can be had.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 4 years ago

    I’m on my way! Imagine the dragonfly shots I could get!!!! When Les gets some free time…we must head down there!!. Brilliant image Mikey!! :P

  • Many thanks, Tracy! It’s a grand spot for a wander!
    Here’s the western section

    – Mike Oxley

  • Just let me know a day or two in advance so I can get the wee dragons organized and behaving for you, okay?

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous perspective shot!

  • Thanks so very much, Al. One of the local sanctuaries, well worth a visit.

    – Mike Oxley

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Many, many thanks, Lorilee! Much appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

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