Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beauty! Trees! Birds! And Paddling!

 Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake Forest, NC. Temperature: 77F Wind: Light Conditions: Mostly Sunny

Rachel and I decided that we both "needed" another paddle after church this Sunday!And who could blame us? Weather was ideal with moderate temperatures, low humidity, and light winds. Even the weekend crowds at Beaver Dam Lake were light at both the beach and picnic shelters. We decided to explore the NW area of the lake. There were several quiet coves in this area and a better chance of spotting wild life.


A gorgeous view looking out of a small cove. The sky was a vivid blue and the cloud formations reflected off the still waters of Beaver Dam Lake. I wish these type of days would run for several months, but in North Carolina, these "perfect" days normally can be measured only in weeks.


 I can't add much to this photo except I was privileged and blessed to have been a part of it!  


Another quiet cove with the only sounds being a slight wind through the shoreline trees and our paddles dipping rhythmically into the water.


Here, a live tree with a tenuous foothold on the shore. It will soon fall victim to wind and water erosion and join the other dead trunks and fallen brush that line much of the shoreline.  


Rachel caught these great photos of two Herons standing along the lake shore and even one of the birds in flight.






A rope swing, complete with harness, waits for some dare devil kids to take the plunge into the lake waters.


Beaver Dam Lake would not be complete without a beaver den. Unfortunately, we did not spot the "owners" of this den. I did note that a few branches used in the construction, still had green leaves, an indication that the wood had been recently cut. Many dead and fallen trees along the lake shore showed evidence of beaver activity.


I took a "page" out of the Trash Paddler's blog, a dedicated paddler on the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers,  who decided it was better to pick up encountered trash, instead of paddling past it.  Rachel and I did our share to make Beaver Dam Lake a little better for the next paddler! Thankfully, the lake is remarkably clean, given the large numbers of folks who flock to its shores, so our trash haul was light! I now carry extra trash bags during my paddles and make a special effort to "beautify" the environment I paddle in!


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3 comments:

  1. Looks like a beautiful day out there today! I'm jealous, it was cloudy and pretty chilly here! I really loved the first photo, it's just beautiful and the one of the heron flying is really cool too! The rope swing brings me back to memories of camp and what us campers would like to call it the tarzan swing because we all felt like tarzan and the quarry! So much fun!

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  2. The pictures all look so lovely! But I must admit my ideal temperatures start at least ten degrees lower. But amazing blue clear skies for the day!

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