I hoped to see some bald eagles at Maudslay State Park, which are known to nest here, but was surprised to see signage all along the Merrimack River on the east side of the park advising that this section was closed in order to protect the bald eagles. It seems the ban is only temporary, so I hope to go back and revisit this part of the park when the ban is lifted. The last time I saw a bald eagle was in Maine while white water rafting on the Kennebec.
On the west side of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, MA is the Artichoke River, which creates the division between Newburyport and West Newbury. There is a small trail that leads (mostly) down to the riverbank, with a short but steep scramble at the end to get the river’s edge which is the place where I took this picture. The clouds lifted briefly enough to allow some sunlight in this photo.
However, before I could take the shot, I had to remove a green frisbee from a rock in the scene, as well as an oil pan containing some mechanical parts which was inexplicably sitting there on the bank. This isn’t the first time I have had to remove things like soda cans, plastic bags and other assorted trash from an otherwise scenic location. Maybe sometime I should leave these elements in for a different perspective/statement, but for now I’d rather take that pristine shot!
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