Heron Haven

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 4 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Heron Haven Wetland is an urban nature reserve consisting of one of the last riparian oxbows of a Big Papillion Creek that flows approximately Northwest to Northeast through Omaha to the Missouri River. The Creek had been channeled for flood control and a 12-acre wetland/oxbow area was left to itself for many years. In 1992, Ione Werthman,with help from the Audubon Society, managed to gather enough support and money to purchase 12 acres, saving the wetland from encroaching real estate development. It's a peaceful place for both people and the many birds that visit.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Looks beautifully unspoiled . . hope you get to see herons (?)

4 May 2011 10:22am

@Ronnie 2¢: I am hoping, too!!! For this series, I was there last week in late afternoon and did not see any herons. A lot of birds migrate through. Right now it is the Canada geese who are nesting and raising young. There is a photography blind along a less traveled route, though I have not gone into it. Yet!

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wonderful scenery!

4 May 2011 11:00am

@Marleen: Thanks, Marleen! More to come....

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Great perspective in this beautiful image! I like the walkway leading the eye into the image.
The place looks ideal for leisurely walks.

4 May 2011 2:00pm

@Arnd: It's a lovely and peaceful spot, amazingly so because it is very near a major thoroughfare from which one easily see one part of the wetland. In a future image you will see how close the cars are. This pathway is very nice right now, before all the mosquitoes are around. ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

lovely capture, karla! love the winding path, the light through the trees, the spring colours ... a very attractive compo!

4 May 2011 7:39pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz! I wish the path were longer. However, in summer one wishes the path were a lot shorter! The mosquitoes find this area especially appealing.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

It looks like a beautiful place for a stroll to watch wildlife. How fortunate that it was saved from development.

5 May 2011 10:03am

@Julie Brown: I have only recently discovered its breadth. It's one of those easily missed places along a very busy thoroughfare. One can see it, but not really know what it is until one stops and explores.