The term riparian technically only refers to areas adjacent to flowing bodies of water such as rivers, streams,sloughs, and estuaries. The terms riparian forest and riparian zone have come to include areas adjacent to those non-flowing water bodies such as ponds, lakes, playas and reservoirs.
Riparian forests are subject to frequent innundation.Riparian zones are transition zones between an upland terrestrial environment and an aquatic environment. Organisms found in this zone are adapted to periodic flooding. Many not only tolerate it, but require it in order to maintain health and complete their lifestyles.
It wasn't long before I felt that feeling you get when you realize someone is watching you. We were walking along a boardwalk above the marshy ground and as I turned around and looked to my left, there she was.
We came across these large barns. The land was once the Brown Farm that dates back to the 1930's. It survived the Great Depression, fire and earthquake but what finally closed it was changing patterns of land use that made farming on the Delta unprofitable.
The barns were built in 1932. You can read more about the history of the farm if you click here.
The refuge is famous for its many species of migratory birds. I spotted several but still being only a novice, I couldn't identify many of them and they were often too far away to get a good photo.
I was lucky enough to get some photos of parents returning to a nest, and thanks to Kathie over at Sycamore Canyon - her link is above - I now know that they are Cliff Swallows and not Barn Swallows as I had at first thought. This is one of the many reasons I love blogging, there are always the generous hearted who are only too happy to help you learn as you go along. Thanks Kathie!
Finally we were struck by the shadow patterns of reeds on one of the ponds.
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