Saturday, May 31, 2014

Beautiful Summer Morning Paddling on the Eno River!

 Location: Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 81F Wind: Light Conditions: Sunny

Saturday morning held the promise of a beautiful day - mild temperatures and low humidity, my kind of a paddling day! Rachel was recovering from an outpatient procedure and was unable to join me. It had been over a year since my last visit to the Eno River and with the Red Mill Road boat ramp only 15 minutes from our house, I was all out of excuses!  ;-) Click on the photos to enlarge.

 I put in at the Red Mill Road boat ramp and paddled SW. The water level was down a few feet as evidence of the brown water mark line on the shore.


This Heron believed that by crouching down in the shallow water, the bird would remain undetected by me. I pretended to go along with his "deception" and was rewarded with some nice, close up photos of the "camouflaged" bird!  


"When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight." FedEx truck crossing the Red Mill Road bridge. Note the truck and bridge reflections in the still waters of the Eno River.


Rachel's "Ent Person" with its summer foliage. On one of our earlier paddles on the Eno River, Rachel spotted this dead tree and thought it resembled one of the Ent tree creatures in Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-Earth.


Spotted several turtles, sitting on dead tree branches. This reptile was one of the bigger species.


I am constantly amazed at the "small real estate" turtles are able to crawl up on. 


Halfway into my paddle, I stopped for a bio break and to stretch my legs.


I enjoyed paddling under the large trees and foliage that grew over the Eno River.


End of the road! I attempted to paddle from the Red Mill Road boat ramp to Penny's Bend, but was stopped by this tangle of fallen trees and debris that blocked passage. 


A quiet and shadowy bend on the Eno River, late morning on a Summer day. Perfect!

Sidebar: After my morning paddle, Rachel and I took a large truck load of yard debris to the Bahama landfill site. As I finished unloading the yard waste, a gent in a pickup truck slowed and called out to me; "Are you the Durhamblogger?" After I replied in the affirmative, he went on to state that he enjoyed reading and looking at the photos I post here at Durhamblogger.com! Really flattering to receive public notice from one of my readers! I neglected to get his name, but hope he will read this post and leave a comment!



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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Paddling at Beaver Dam Lake this Time!

Location: Beaver Dam Lake, Wake County, NC.  Temperature: 71F Wind: 9 - 13 mph  Conditions: Mostly Sunny

Rachel and I had planned to be out of town on Saturday, but that changed. So I decided I needed to be flexible too and get in another paddle adventure!  ;-)  Today, I pointed my truck's nose toward Beaver Dam Lake, the site of an abortive paddle last week. Click on the photos to enlarge.

 A sunny and blustery day on the water at Beaver Dam Lake.


This gent was piloting a hand-built wood sailboat. I spoke with him when I got back in and he proudly boasted that the boat had been built entirely from hardwoods grown in North Carolina.


I see you! This Heron was peering over a fallen dead tree trunk, at a small yellow kayak approaching its position. The bird took to flight immediately after I snapped this photo.


Another Heron standing along a rocky lake shore.


A fellow in a scull boat. Since he faces backwards, the man has a mirror attached to his cap so he can watch where he is sculling (rowing)!


Reach for the sky. Tall pines and hardwoods point skyward.


One of a trio of crows that noisily cawed while I paddled along the NE shoreline of Beaver Dam Lake. There must have been a nest nearby.


A pine tree bows over into the lake waters.


First there were three turtles...


... than only one! The reptile stared at me defiantly for a few moments, but quickly lost its nerve and disappeared into the water.


Passenger aircraft routinely pass over Beaver Dam Lake as they make their approach to Raleigh Durham Airport.


Looking NE along Beaver Dam Lake.


Tree foliage borders this scene, looking SW across the lake.


Billowy clouds float across the sky with partial reflections in the water.

Another great paddle adventure for me! It was a little blustery, but with mild temperatures and mostly sunny conditions, you will read no complaints from me! Talk with you again soon! 


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