This week’s best shot came from the short walk that I took through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is located in north-central Massachusetts, approximately 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Boston, Massachusetts. The Refuge lies within the towns of Ayer and Shirley in Middlesex County and the towns of Harvard and Lancaster in Worcester County. The Refuge consists of approximately 1,667 acres (6.75 km2) of upland, southern New England floodplain forest, and wetland communities along nearly 8 miles (13 km) of the Nashua River corridor.
The ideal way to see more of the Refuge will be to kayak or canoe along the Nashua river to explore ll the wetlands, as they are best accessed in that manner. At this time of year new growth is everywhere to see, as green is taking a tentative hold on the landscape, which should take over within a matter of weeks.
This image is a detail of plants that live right on the water line in the swampy areas that are everywhere in the Refuge. The leaves show wonderful structure that comes out when they are backlit.
This image was captured with Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 100mm f/2.8 lens. Exposure settings were 1/100 second at f/9 and 800 ISO.