Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 130 - Monocacy Aqueduct

Golden light on the Aqueduct
Old Sycamore
Today I visited another spot along the scenic and historic C&O Canal, the Monocacy Aqueduct.  This fully restored structure spans 500 feet over the Monocacy River, with seven stone arches.  Like the Catoctin Aqueduct, it is also topped with an iron railing.

I was the only person around.  I parked my car at the boat ramp, which is along a separate road from the aqueduct, and I enjoyed the peace and beauty of the river on a January afternoon.  The water was still, the skies were filled with altocumulus clouds (I had to Google that one), and the woods were filled with birds.  On my walk I saw woodpeckers, crows, chickadees, juncos, turkey vultures, sparrows, a golden crowned kinglet, and Eastern bluebirds.  They were flitting around the trees and along the iron railings of the aqueduct.  I got pix of a few, but they are really too tiny to share.  Next time I go, I'll take my big camera with the 300mm zoom.

Reflected Beauty
I walked up the hill from the boat ramp and over to the aqueduct.  It is in a nice, park-like area, with open fields and beautiful trees.  The C&O walking/hiking path is part of this area, and again, no one was there.  I had the place to myself.

I walked across the aqueduct and down the trail for a while, then doubled back.  I noticed a sign for a lock house, .71 miles down the trail in the opposite direction, so I am saving that walk for another day, when someone can come along with me.  I'll be sure to bring along my binoculars, too, for all the great birdwatching!
Railroad Viaduct

Monocacy Afternoon

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Cam's rules for the Daily Photo Walk:
  1. walk every day
  2. the walk must be in addition to any other planned activity for the day
  3. post a photo every day
  4. use my Nikon P7100 (it is a very convenient size and weight)
  5. no weather excuses
  6. walk only where it is safe to do so

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