Sunshine Project – Day 81, Wetlands, Fort Washington, PA

I was on my way to set the sunshine in an entirely different place when I came to this location – a small wetlands area in the middle of a lot of traffic and buildings.

I parked in a nearby restaurant’s lot and went across the street. I’ve visited this spot in the summer but never at this time of year. I have known this location for 30+ years – I lived up the road some time ago. Back then, it was a mowed meadow with a couple of old trees in it – and since it stands right next to the Wissahickon Creek, it flooded often and the water did not drain. The trees were always looking embarrassed, standing up to their knees in a great big puddle.

Finally it was decided to let the land be what it wanted to be – a wetlands. Now it’s beautiful and full of plants and animals. There is a short little walk into it, but it’s mostly left to the creatures who live in it.

path in the FW wetlands

I decided to set the sunshine on a weathered bench a short way down the path.

sunshine in place 3-11-15

I walked the rest of the way as far as the path went and saw this sign with information about the wetlands at this time of year – when winter turns to spring.

Walking back, I just enjoyed looking over the peaceful scene.

icy water and grasses 3-11-15

There were a lot of details to look at – the plants, the water, the sky, and even the worn bench caught my attention. When you go to a place like this, you naturally slow down and move at a pace that allows you to see things you might just brush by in your everyday life.

Happy sunshine.

Sunshine, March 11, 2015.

Sunshine, March 11, 2015.

More about the Sunshine Project can be found right here, or you can search “Sunshine Project” in the category listing.


About Claudia McGill

A person who does art and writes poetry. That's me!

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