Sunday, June 29, 2014

Eno River - Paddling the Five Fingers Area

Location: Five Fingers Area on Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 62F Wind: Light Conditions: Mostly Sunny 

Sunday morning greeted me with moderate temperatures and the opportunity for another paddling adventure! I decided to explore the Five Fingers area on the Eno River - so named because the pond and marsh area bodies of water resembles a person's hand. I decided on an early start to avoid the heat (forecast to be in the upper 80's F) and the arrival of the majority of fishermen. I arrived at the Eno River boat ramp and put in a little before 8 AM. Click on the photos to enlarge.

Paddling the Eno River prior to reaching the Fiver Fingers area. The water levels were slightly high, with no current and little wind. Excellent paddling conditions.  

A Heron, walking in the shallow waters near shore, searching for its next meal.

Here is a close up photo of the Trumpet Creeper, or also know as the "cow itch vine" or "hummingbird vine."

The white "fireworks" bloom is a Buttonbush.

Natural "archway" of tree branches and foliage seems to beckon travelers to enter and explore. I did!

  Power line towers, that carry electricity for the Durham region, march off into the distance.

The Five Fingers area is characterized by shadowy, marshy areas, thick with foliage, and...

...wide sun-splashed areas that opened into large ponds.

It was a very nice paddle in the Five Fingers Area this Sunday morning! It was cool with only a couple of fishermen about on the water at this early hour. I hope to return to the Five Fingers Area with Rachel for another look soon!

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