A wintry day on the towpath

“Where is there a walk more lovely in the month of May than the towpath along the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal?” Roger Tory Peterson asks in the foreword to Louis J. Halle’s Spring in Washington.

Well, May is still four months away and we are still deep in winter, but the C&O Canal has not lost its splendor because of the chill. What’s better to do on MLK day than a walk on the towpath? And that was precisely what I did — 6 miles from Point of Rocks to Brunswick.

Indeed, sometimes I like walks in the winter, as the trees are bare and the birds are plain visible. In the hardwood floodplains of the Potomac, there are many woodpeckers this time of the year — hairy, downy, red-headed, red-bellied,  even the large and stately pilleated. Black-capped chickadees are also abound. Unfortunately, this was a dreary and cloudy day, my bird pictures did not turn out very well; but the consolation is a few snaps of the creeks and canal houses:

Mouth of Catoctin Creek

Mouth of Catoctin Creek

Canal Lock House

Canal Lock House (at Lock 29)

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