Red Head Marsh

There is diversity of life here in this wetland, wedged between the industrial park and Courtney Bay. The graceful curved wings of a great blue heron catch my eye as it flies to a fishing spot farther along the creek bed. There are ducks galore — mallards and shovellers and a pair of wigeons — and a scattering of yellowlegs probing the mud flats. On the far shore, a new sewage treatment facility is being built, and the shiny stacks of the oil refinery appear on the horizon. The rain squall that makes such a dramatic backdrop to this image reaches us a few minutes later, and we run back to the car. This is Saint John.

Taken on May 30, 2010

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