This afternoon my brother from south came home after an extended stay away due to COVID-19. Since social distancing is a must, he and I – along with our nephew – shared time together paddling at Sweet Marsh. Our intent was to see if the American lotus were blooming (they were). While on the water we paddled near the Blanding’s turtle that was reintroduced a few months back after it had been removed from the wild some time ago. I can identify the turtle by the healed injury on its shell.
For those wondering, Sweet Marsh is almost completely overgrown by aquatic vegetation. Paddling conditions are sad – moss and milfoil (and other plants) have taken over Marten’s Lake. Based on my unscientific assessment, serious attention will need to be given to this nice body of water to restore it. See the vegetation conditions in the turtle picture.