These pictures were taken the day after Christmas with a Full Moon and temperatures in the 60’s.
Not the usual look for this amazing river at this time of year.
Although small in comparison to rivers around the world and considered by some to be a mere stream it is the source of life for so many species who migrate or live year round within its wetlands.
Today I blessed the river with two quartz crystals for continued protection and to raise the awareness of our river waters around the world.
The photos were taken from my neighbor’s yard across the street with whom I had the privilege of performing a Golden Light Dowsing on her property a month ago.
“The Abenaki name for the York River was Agamenticus, which means Beyond-the-hill-little-cove”
“The river’s tidal salt marshes represent a significant habitat in Maine, especially for migratory shorebirds. The watershed includes approximately 406 acres of tidal marsh (according to a report by the York County Soil & Water Conservation District, 1996).”
The tidal portion of river is approximately 8 miles long and disappears into the marshes which surround it.. The tidal fluctuation can be more than 10 feet with very shallow parts at low tide which are not navigable except by kayak or canoe. The main body being seawater from the ocean which rarely freezes except during long and deep temperature drops during the Winter.
This photo is approximately across from my home and although I’m not on the shoreline itself I can walk to it everyday and embrace it’s unspoiled beauty either on foot or kayak.
Tad Baker, a York resident who teaches history at Salem State University in Massachusetts. “It’s one of the most historic rivers in Maine,” he said. “The river was the original transportation network in prehistoric and Colonial Maine. As you go along the York River today, you’re going past sites that go back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years.”
Baker said the area around the river has been inhabited for at least 5,000 years. English settlers moved to the area in 1624. Ten years later, the first tidal-powered grist mill in the country – and perhaps North America – was built on the York River, he said.