Friday, August 10, 2012

An Early Morning Paddle on the Neuse River

 Location: Neuse River, Durham, NC. Temperature: 72F Wind: None Conditions: Overcast

 I had been working hard all week with work stuff... and decided that I deserved to take a break and go paddling Friday morning! Rachel was unable to join me, so I loaded our single seat kayak into my truck and headed for the Eno River boat ramp, a short 10 minute drive from our house. I wanted to paddle down the Neuse River, that feeds into the Eno River, and see what early morning sights I could discover on the river. 


The weather forecast was calling for a 50% chance of rain, so I wore my rain gear and attached the skirt to my kayak cockpit. Note, how I have the skirt pull strap draped over the forward part of the skirt and within easy reach. In case of a water spill, I can quickly reach the pull strap and yank the skirt off, so I can make an unobstructed escape from a capsized kayak.

 Early morning, approximately 7:30 AM on the Neuse River. Overcast skies and mist on the river.  It remained overcast for my entire paddle and the lack of sun kept the temperature very comfortable for paddling.


Here, I paddle through the swirling fingers of the mist. It was also very quiet, since my early put in beat all the fishermen and their powered watercraft. I had the river to myself!


I spotted approximately a dozen birds during my paddle; Blue Herons, White Herons, Egrets, and even a couple of red-headed woodpeckers.


This river bank had severe water and wind erosion. Several trees had toppled over and there were a few more that were in danger of joining their fallen comrades.


As I paddled close to shore, I startled a catfish that was swimming in the shallows. We both had a good fright! I estimate the fish was about two feet long.


It's good to see that the high tension power lines that supply electricity to Durham, also serve as a nesting platform for Osprey!


Here's a close up photo of the Osprey nest. I stayed for several minutes, near the base of the nest, but could not see any activity in it. Maybe nobody was home?


The next two photos are beauty shots. Enjoy!





I also tried my hand at a brief, 13 second video. Hopefully, it will give you an idea of how calm, peaceful, and quiet it was on the Neuse River, this Friday morning!
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It was a wonderful and relaxing early morning paddle on the Neuse River. I really enjoyed my time away from all the busy schedules and stress of a work day. :-) 


 
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4 comments:

  1. Looks like a very peaceful trip - other than the catfish! That's awesome that you were able to get a shot of it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Yes! The catfish leaped out of the water and landed in some shallows next to my kayak! It was startling for both of us!

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  2. I love hearing about all the birds you see on your trip, it shocks me the different types of birds you encounter while out there! I thought the catfish photo was pretty cool too! Water - whether its the lake, ocean, or rivers, I've always found peaceful and beautiful! Love it!

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