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Nature Art – A Driftwood Mobile at Estuary Center

Scavenging for natural materials along the high tide line on the “beach” at the Anita Leight Estuary Center and then making a driftwood mobile – a very fun activity for kids and the young-at-heart  ;). My mobile includes driftwood, various shells, a feather, & tumbled glass.

One of the highlights of participating in a nature center program is that you get access to areas and activities you normally would not!

An estuary is a body of water where freshwater from land (in this case Winters Run flowing through Harford County) meets up with sea water. At this point it becomes a tidal marsh and is re-named Otter Point Creek. This property is one of the few remaining marshes accessible to the public. (Most of the waterfront land in Harford County is part of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds army base and not open to the public.)

The original property was owned by the Leight family for generations, then donated to Harford County. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), wanting to study estuarine ecosystems, invested money here and the Center was built.

It’s a beautiful piece of waterfront, forested land. While you’re there, it’s hard to believe that you’re only a few hundred yards from busy Route 40.

The beach at the Estuary Center, adjacent to Rt. 40

View of the setting sun & Otter Point Creek, from the Leight Estuary Center

   

The afternoon capped off with this sunset view at home.

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