Sunday afternoon was cool, with unseasonable temperatures in the upper 60's, stiff breeze blowing at 10 - 15 mph, and mostly cloudy. Rachel declined my invite to paddle. She does not like to be cold when paddling, so she remained at home. While I enjoy my wife's company on paddle adventures, there are times when I prefer to paddle solo. I find these "alone times" a great opportunity to better connect with nature and myself. I decided for a quick afternoon paddle at Lake Holt, a short 20 minute drive north from our house in Durham.
Put in at the Lake Holt boat ramp.
Ominousness, rain-laden cloud cover greeted me as I launched and headed north on the lake.
Paddling down a quiet cove, I encountered this egret wading along the shore.
Seconds after taking the above photo, the egret took flight and headed directly toward my kayak. I managed to take this slightly blurred photo as the bird passed to starboard of me.
Another cove... another wonderful encounter with nature. This time it was an inquisitive turtle who was keeping a close eye on me as I edged closer to the reptile sunning itself on a dead tree trunk.
Seconds later, it decided I had drifted close enough and tumbled off the tree into the water. I caught this rather cool splash effect as the reptile performed a belly flop!
Low water levels and plant roots "searching" for life sustaining water combined to produce these hanging "vines."
The Holt reservoir dam machinery with the spillway in the background.
A beautiful catamaran taking advantage of the stiff breeze over Lake Holt this crisp and fall-like September afternoon.
Three "beauty" photos follow. Enjoy!
A peaceful and relaxing afternoon paddle at Lake Holt with some wonderful encounters with wildlife and nature! I feel privileged to be able to witness such beauty! For me, this is what makes paddling so special and exciting for me! And you can bet when I paddle... as in life... "I take one stroke at a time!"