The Salt Marsh 1

“It looks good, it smells good and it feels good.”

Harriett describes her home.

The Tidal Marsh or Salt Marsh, is the zone between land and open salt water that is regularly flooded by the tides.

salltt marshh

“It’s a great place to live,” continued Harriett. The salt marsh provides everything an osprey could desire.

Not only does it buffer stormy seas, but it provides food and a home for all sorts of unimaginable life.

The saturated soils of the Salt Marsh are unique.
Soil soill hesoill

The soil of a Salt Marsh is composed of deep mud and peat. Peat is made of decomposing plant matter that is often several feet thick.  Every winter the salt marsh grasses die and add to the eons of waterlogged, root filled, spongy decomposing organic matter.   Anaerobic bacteria thrive, giving the marsh its unique aroma.

“I want to write about it,” said the Doctor.

“Not now,” directed Harriett.

Cord grass

Cord grass is an incredibly salt resistant plant that turns photosynthesis on its head.

cord grasss grassssss my cord grass

“The Cord Grass,” the Doctor interjected. “I want to write about it.”

“Not now!” Harriett admonished.  “You haven’t seen anything yet.”


About Harriett Raptor

Eight-year-old mother of five, fluent in telepathy, a possessor of genetic memory, a genius and scholar. Harriett holds the equivalent of a PhD in philosophy, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and the Homo sapiens’ concept of the humanities. Her understanding of mathematics and logic are beyond Homo sapiens’ current comprehension. Harriett is a thinker, a wise osprey, especially distinguished for her expertise in the Homo sapiens problem.
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2 Responses to The Salt Marsh 1

  1. Gena Gilbert says:

    Well Ozzie! It is about time you came down from your high horse and decided to be neighborly. 🙂

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