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Viewfinder: Babylon's Hidden Wild Side

The village's greenbelt from Southards Pond to Argyle Lake harbors some of Babylon's wildest residents.

Babylon Village is known for many things, but bucolic scenes of natural beauty is not the first thing that comes to mind.

But the Southard's Pond watershed area is home to native songbirds, carp and perch, flowers, great blue herons, and the occasional reclusive red fox. Patch caught some moments of nature amid the tidy suburban streets.

Joan Hitz April 15, 2011 at 06:13 PM
GREAT photography, Jackie!!! I love them all, and my favorites are the nest among the buds, the bridge, the greens poking up, the ducks ... well, let's keep it at: I love them ALL! :o) I'm pretty sure the green growers beneath the tree are called skunk cabbage. That's one of the first things to emerge each year. Thanks for the visual treat.
Jacqueline Sweet April 15, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Thanks Joan! I always thought springtime in Southards looked very prehistoric with the skunk cabbage and ferns. I wish I could have gotten a shot of the resident red fox but I haven't seen him since last summer :(
robert Mckeown April 19, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Awesome shots! My training buddies come from all over to run with me in this beautiful location! See you on the trail...you should do an article for the Dirty Sock run that helps raise funds for local food pantries. Hapi Auer the owner of Glenn's is the race director.
Jacqueline Sweet April 19, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Thanks! You must have spotted the fox then a few times, especially if you are running early morning or late evening. Isn't the Dirty Sock Run in August?

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