This afternoon I went back to the C&O Canal, this time to the Whites Ferry area south of the Monocacy Aqueduct. Whites Ferry is a small car-carrying flat-bottomed boat that goes back and forth between Maryland and Virginia covering a rather short distance across the Potomac River along a cable. In the picture below you can see the ferry's cable behind it.
After watching the ferry for a few minutes, I took a 4-mile hike on the C&O Canal. Sections of the canal around there still contain water, but not deep enough for the boats that were once pulled by mules treading on the towpath alongside the canal.
The remains of what appeared to have been a yellow and black bird were next to the towpath. It looked like a lucky predator had dined on the unlucky bird. I have no idea what species the bird may have been.
At one location there were lots of osage oranges on the ground in the woods along the towpath and also in the canal.
According to this article, the osage orange's original native range was rather small, covering parts of western Arkansas, southern Oklahoma and eastern Texas. But the tree was introduced to many places in the U.S. as a hedge plant. It is interesting that a plant can do so well in places so far north of its original home.