This was a meaningful sunset. We spent the last night of our trip at Patrick’s point, a big part of this beautiful ladies childhood. Wandered the beach looking for agates a specific type of rock that makes this particular beach so popular. Thanks for giving me a closer look at this place.
This week I visited some truly beautiful wetlands of the puget sound. Cradled between stunning mountains shimmering in their snow capped winter coats. Nestled in this area where the freshwater meets the salty! Marshes, swamps and bogs galore! The days are short and don’t leave much time for exploring. The sun begins its descent behind the low cloud bank, taking with it the gentle warmth of the afternoon. The mountains loose their texture, shifting to evening blue shades, layered silhouettes. Signaling it’s time to head home.
Eco-Facts: There are many different types of wetlands including marshes, bogs, swamps, and fens, to name a few.
Marshes have a continuous flow of water resulting in highly saturated soils and rather neutral pH, ideal for biological life. They can be freshwater or saltwater, and influenced by the tide or be non-tidal.
Swamps are wetlands dominated by trees or woody plants. They tend have highly nutrient rich soils.
Bogs get their water supply from precipitation collected in depressions in the ground, rather than groundwater or surface water. With little to no outlets the stagnant water results in a very acidic environment low in nutrients.
Fens are peat-forming wetlands that receive their nutrient supply from drainage or ground water (as opposed to precipitation). They are less acidic than a bog and have higher nutrient levels.