Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake County, NC. Temperature: 51F Wind: Gusty 6 - 12 mph Conditions: Sunny
Finally! A weekend with decent weather and no obligations on my part! Paddling time! Rachel had to put in some overtime at her work and was unable to go with me. I decided to head to Beaver Dam Lake late morning and see if I could spot some of the bald eagles that make their homes in the northern area of the lake. Unfortunately, the road to the put in area I planned to use near the Old Weaver Road bridge was flooded, due to recent heavy rainfall, and was closed. So, I had to back track and put in at the Beaver Dam Lake state park. As I handed the park attendant my $6 dollars for a day pass, he mentioned that it had been pretty quiet at the park this morning, possibly due to a "big bass tournament" that was underway in nearby Sandling Beach. He also noted that over 150 bass boats had put in at the marina near Sandling Beach! Boy! I was glad to be in the quiet waters of Beaver Dam Lake where gasoline powered motors are prohibited! (Click on the photos to enlarge.)
It was a sunny, but cold day on the water. The wind was gusting from 6 - 12 mph making the actual air temperature of 51F seem a lot colder! I had the lake to myself and that was fine by me!
Interesting "angle" on this dead and rotting tree trunk jutting out of the shallow waters near shore.
Spotted this egret perched high in the tops of this pine tree. He had been walking in the shallow waters and had flown to this high perch to get a better look at me as I paddled down the cove.
Extensive woodpecker damage inflicted upon this dead tree. I spotted several of the red-headed woodpeckers flitting about, but they were too fast for me to snap their photo.
A camouflaged painted and netted shelter for park visitors to observe wildlife, primarily birds near the shoreline and in the lake waters.
I also had the good fortune to float silently pass several turtles basking in the sunshine
I actually saw 12 turtles during my paddle, but only managed to snap photos of 3 of them! Turtles either have very good eyesight or can sense the water vibrations of a kayak, because it is difficult to get close enough to these reptiles to get a decent photo.
I spotted this large number of Anhinga or snake birds, bobbing about in the south-east corner of Beaver Dam Lake. There are 28 Anhinga in this photo!
I enjoyed a beautiful and sunny day paddling on Beaver Dam Lake. If it had not been for the gusty wind and cold wind chill, it would have been a "great" instead of just a "good" paddle. But, a day spent on the water is ALWAYS a good day! ;-)
A fellow kayaker braving the wind and getting in a late morning paddle too. Life is good!