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IMG_4523Forge Pond is a large shallow pond in Granby Massachusetts. In all of its 68 acres the max depth is only 6 feet. If you familiar with Granby you’ll know Route 202. The launch for the Pond is on School St about a mile on the right just past the dam.  We found that it’s better to go early in the season as it can get weedy.   It is  big enough to have several areas to explore yet small enough to keep the larger boats away.

Once you turn in you’ll see a sign announcing that you’ve arrived at the Emily & Joseph Partyka Conservation Area. The access is not the greatest but for launching a kayak its fine.  There is only parking for a few cars, unless you park on the road.

IMG_4473There are several houses on the pond but not so many as to take away from the quiet nature of this green little paradise.   I say green for one simple reason, just about everything is green here! Oh, there are those few things that are not green like the white, purple and yellow lilies, the blue herons, and the brown cattails, everything else… green.  The foliage surrounding Forge Pond is a nice variety of lush greens. Pine trees, oaks and maples, each have their own shades as do the long tapered leaves of the Cattails and Arrow Arum and then the greens of the Lily Pads and the Duckweed. On this day I watched a Green Heron fly into a green tree hanging over the green Duckweed, try as I might, I could not get a picture of him. IMG_4514I also noticed on the way back at noontime that even the Painted Turtles were green!  It’s the habit of these cute creatures to climb out of the water to sun themselves onto any tree or branch that’s angled correctly to allow the accent. Well today the dozen I observed all had a splattering of green Duckweed adorning their shells. Nothing escapes the Duckweed!

IMG_0389_1I was introduced to Forge Pond by my neighbors . Alice  recognized the potential it had for great birding shots as the shoreline is quite varied.  It is the only place I ever got a picture of a Gnatcatcher. If this is a spot you’d like to revisit often throughout the year I think you’d be surprised at the variety of birds and waterfowl you’d see here. I’ve only been a handful of times but enjoyed many treats on each visit; sandpipers, herons, mallards, blackbirds, red wings, swallows, flycatchers, kingbirds, and the sweet sound of the Veery my favorite thrush calling from the top of a tall oak back in the woods.  I’ve been here alone and with my daughters and their friends and of course my brother and neighbors Alice and Tim and each trip has been special.

Also of interest is an old abandoned camp towards the back side of the pond.  It was kind of fun exploring what was at one time a cool summer hangout for some lucky soul.

In back of the dilapidated camp is an old dilapidated car, I’m guessing it’s of a 1940’s vintage being reclaimed by nature.

100_1483As far as the back half of the pond I’ve always  been stopped by a beaver dam that blocks access to a large open area. Some years it’s held back a foot or two of water! The expanse of the the beaver’s Reservoir is huge!  I’ve always enjoyed marveling their work and listening to the water flowing through and over their dams.  It’s here you’ll find the best spot to linger or enjoy the beauty of the surroundings while floating under a tall pine in the cool shade. In all, always an outstanding experience!

 

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