Saturday, May 4, 2013

Paddling and enjoying nature at Lake Michie!

 Location: Lake Michie, Bahama, NC Temperature: 52F Wind: Gusting to 14mph Conditions: Cloudy

Saturday was not shaping up to be ideal paddling weather with temperatures in the low 50's F and a stiff breeze blowing. But with no option for paddling the next two weekends, I had to go for it! Rachel decided it was too cold for her, so I embarked on a solo trip to Lake Michie. Click on the photos to enlarge. 

I decided to paddle north into the more sheltered and narrow end of the lake. I wanted to avoid the majority of fishermen and reduce the effects of the cold wind. 


This bobber hangs like a Christmas tree ornament, evidence of a past fishing visit and wayward cast.


The remains of a wooden dock rock gently in the slight current.


Two intrepid "yaker" fishermen casting fishing lines in a quiet cove.


A heron watching my approach from the shallow waters near the shoreline.


A male cardinal perched on a rocky embankment.


A remarkable close-up photo of a goose nesting on a rock shelf. I had nearly paddled by the bird, before I spotted it about 10 - 15 feet up the side of a large rock formation.


This goose may be the mate of  the bird in the previous photo. I saw it swimming approximately 25 - 50 yards from the rock shelf that held the nesting goose.


Two heron (middle left), perched on a rock, looking for a late morning fish meal.


I caught this small fellow in my lens too!


Aside from the many birds I saw, nature was out in full force with her beauty and colors! Here, a dash of red perched on a rock formation at water's edge.


A splash of white, back lit by the sun, stands out against the green foliage. 


Pink!


Close up pink!


One of many impressive and majestic rock formations that line both banks of Lake Michie.


A heron takes to flight over the rocks and flowing water that marks the most northern extension of Lake Michie.

Another relaxing and fun paddling adventure. Early May, and I am looking forward to (at least) 5 more months of paddling! I can't wait for my next adventure!  :-)


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8 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! Sometime I'd like to know the name of that red plant.
    I hope you get a chance to get back and check on the goose. A nest ten feet up seems pretty risky.

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    1. I need to get better versed on our local fauna! I will look through some flower / tree ID books and see if I can identify the flower!

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  2. Looks like a nice lake to kayak. Be careful paddling alone. Keep your paddle wet and have a safe and fun summer.

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    1. Hey Rob. Thanks for your concern! Yes. I take the necessary precautions when paddling - especially solo! I always wear a PFD, use a paddle leash, carry a cell phone, change of clothes, first aid kit, compass, multipurpose tool, whistle,(in dry bags), lash an extra paddle to deck, and file a float plan.

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  3. Nice paddle Mike. Looks so relaxing. I love the look that goose gave you. Priceless! But gee, it's cold down south. We are getting the heat up here in Canada - it's been 80F/27C for days! The tough thing is, it's so hot, but we can't jump in and swim to cool off . . . yet, without a wetsuit or drysuit.

    Happy paddles Mike!

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    1. Hi Peggy! Yes. The weather down south here in North Carolina has been really "flaky" these past several weeks. First winter lingers for an extra 3 weeks, than Spring / Summer refuses to make an appearance! We've had rain lasting 2-3 days at a time and lower than normal temperatures. Not ideal or even desired paddling conditions! Looking for the weather to straighten itself out in the next couple weeks! ;-)

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  4. It is good to follow along on your cruise, Mike. It must be wonderful to enjoy the longer season and temperatures in North Carolina. Here in South Dakota, we still had snow two weeks ago; still, I have been out three times on small area lakes. The tempo and scenes of your cruises seem very close to those I enjoy on quiet lakes and streams here.

    Jay

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    1. Hey Jay. It is great to have a longer paddling season "down South" as long as I don't get too wrapped up in "land stuff" and run out of time to get on the water!

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