Panorama from above Salt Pond A21
I have been photographing the former salt ponds on Station Island since 2008 or so. That start was just two years after the southern levees of Salt Ponds A20 and A21 were breached to allow what was once a salt evaporation impoundment to be connected to the tides again. In 2008, the pond bottoms presented at low tide as a bare plain of broken gypsum, a byproduct of the salt pond process. As the years progressed sediment started to accumulate, marsh vegetation took root, and the ponds began the slow process of becoming marsh again. Or maybe the process is not that slow. These photographs from August 2017, just over a decade after the breach, show what is becoming a pretty convincing marsh, particularly in A21. The tides have scoured out and re-established long dormant marsh channels while the levee borrow ditches, an alien feature, have started to fade.
This set of photographs started with a walk along the north levee of Salt Pond A21 followed by a return to the western side of Salt Pond A20 where I photographed the pond and the abandoned hamlet of Drawbridge. I then crossed Mud Slough and finished with a few photographs of brightly-hued Salt Pond A23.
I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Kite flying is prohibited over Drawbridge as is access, to this part of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge without a Special Use Permit.