The sun was rising above the Cascade mountain range with its warm golden rays shining on Saratoga Passage creating eye catching flashing sparkles on the water. The wetland acres on the Greenbank Farm form a small delta with cattails, tall grasses, willow trees and shrub surrounding the waterway. It is scenic and a wonderful healthy environment for bird and animal wildlife. In the fall the willow shrub turns a beautiful golden color and the willow trees start changing color. Also, the grasses and cattails turn burnish gold; the whole area glows with color.
I walked along North Bluff road near the pond at the start of the Greenbank to Wanamaker road six mile walk. I was admiring the beauty of the pond when I suddenly spotted a great blue heron standing on a post protruding from the middle of the pond. I stopped to observe its behavior and then I noticed several other herons standing in the tall grasses near by. I searched the area in the distance and spotted several more standing on post or at the edge of the pond. They were all very quiet and still patiently waiting for the smallest movement in the water for their next meal. It was a thrill to see so many in one area; it was a special treat to happen at the beginning of the long walk ahead of me.