Gypsum Ponds marshland along the Eagle River

Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area is approximately 90 acres of marshland and ponds along the Eagle River offering several recreational activities.

This is quite close to home and I have visited here several times. It was on this last occasion that I noticed some changes. This is now a designated State Wildlife Park. I also noticed it was much quieter without the regular angling activities. Now this place is closed between sunset and sunrise except for hunters and anglers. What am I going to do without the golden hours? 🤪

With new restrictions on entry times, a visitor’s pass, and other stipulations, no wonder I had the place all to myself. I may have also unknowingly extended my stay just a little after sunset to catch some light in the images. Anyway, the only thing I shot here was with both my cameras.

This marshland and pond offered lots of weed, reed, and rushes. (Note: Taxonomically, the term "weed" has no botanical significance - just to rule out any excitement here.)

Captured for this photo story is just a fragment of what is out there. I do give a shift about nature and the environment!

Foxtail Barley

Foxtail barley sways gently with the wind

Foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum) is a perennial grass that will grow to 2 feet tall. It is a colorful, ornamental grass with arching leaves and feathery flower spikes that are green to pale pink or purple. It blooms from late spring to mid-summer. It grows in full sun in moist to dry soil. - picturethis app

Symbolism of foxtail barley: Love, Healing, Protection
Three Foxtail barley ‘sparklers’
Taken low against the pond, these Poaceae or Grass dance to tune of the wind swinging many moves
This is how this perennial image may look framed

Curly Dock

Docks are perennial plants

Curly dock also known as Rumex crispus, is a very adaptable plant, flourishing in a variety of different habitats including roadsides, the edges of woodlands, meadows, and in wet areas. This unwanted plant competes with other plants for resources and contains mild toxicity, especially its leaves.

Yellow dock, curled dock & also known as sour dock

California Bulrush

Despite the name, california bulrush doesn't grow only in California. On the contrary, this tall sedge occurs in wetlands across all of southern North America, as well as South America. It's a vigorous grower that produces flowers from spring to summer and it's often used to prevent soil erosion.

Schoenoplectus Californicus
These bulrush grow from 6 feet up to 12 feet tall
Bulrush flowers
Soaring bulrush against the sunset
Old bulrush from last season
Intentional camera movement (ICM) - CA Bulrush
A osprey looking to dive into the pond for its meal.

musk Thistle

The stem is densely covered with sharp thorns.
This is no candy!
Looks ab-noxious!

Musk or Nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) is a plant species native to Europe and Asia. The nodding thistle is considered an invasive species in North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. It has been eradicated in Southern California. In Colorado, several thistle species made it into the ‘B’ Noxious Weed list.

Hairy trouble
and more
The state is devising a plan to stop the continued spread of these species listed in their ‘B’ list.

Broadleaf Cattail

Broadleaf cattails grow on the borders between wet and dry land. They tend to form dense monocultures that can take over wetland areas. Their starchy roots were staple food sources for some indigenous peoples. Broadleaf cattail leaves can be used for mats and roof thatching, and the feathery, water-repellant seeds make good filling for bedding and life jackets.

There are about 30 species of tall reedy cattails
Thousands of seeds are send into the air when the Cattail explode
ICM - Broadleaf Cattails
Eagle River running a stone throw away by the pond
“At the brink of absolute.” - separate me no more!

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Raj Manickam


Photos: © 2021 Raj Manickam Some plant contents © PictureThis app