Rye in Westchester County is a delight. It is home to not one but two wildlife sanctuaries, both of which I visited yesterday. The first, Marshlands Conservancy, is divided up into a lovely array of diverse habitats – meadow, forest, salt marsh and shoreline – with approximately three miles of trails meandering through it. There were some tantalizing hints of autumn on display.
Just down the road and sharing the same Long Island sound coastline, the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary is a gem of a place brimming with wildlife (it is located along the Atlantic migratory flyway) and spectacular scenery. I didn’t have half enough time to explore so will have to return, but what I saw of it was just enchanting.
The most unexpected surprise of the day came at the very end – wandering back from the coastline, the towering drifts of grasses opened out into a clearing and right in the centre was a bamboo forest. The mystique and beauty was irresistible; I had to explore. I took this photograph on the way out, but for more photos, see here.