Saturday, May 30, 2015

Early morning paddle on the Eno River!

Location: Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 61F Wind: Light Conditions: Partly cloudy

Early Saturday morning, I decided that a paddle was just the activity to start my day! Rachel elected to sleep in, so it was just me and my Aquafusion Liberty 13! Thankfully, our youngest son "allowed" me to "borrow" my truck back, so I now had transport for my kayak. I decided that a short paddle on the Eno River was in order. Click on the photos to enlarge.

I put in at the Eno River boat ramp at 6:30 AM and paddled SW. Conditions were calm with cool air temperatures. The sun had not risen above the trees so much of the river was shrouded in shadows.

A "fishing lure" tree. I counted at least five fishing lures and line tangled in the tree branches from casts that had gone awry.

Honeysuckle bush on the banks of the Eno River. I spotted several such bushes during my paddle.

Approaching the Red Mill Road Bridge. Even at this early hour, there was a lot of vehicular traffic crossing the bridge.

Mist slowly rising and swirling above the water surface. It disappeared quickly once the sun rose above the trees.

A Blue Heron perched on a dead tree.

A sun splashed section of the Eno River. Temperatures climbed with the sun. I was glad to have put in early to avoid the hotter parts of the day.

Light and shadow on the Eno River. I had this section of river to myself and did not encounter any other boats during my paddle.

Long roots like tentacles dangle down into the water. Note the new growth near the top.

A Blue-winged Warbler perched among the leaves of a bush.

It was a long overdue paddle for me and I was ecstatic to be back on the water! I hope to make more rendezvous with water as the Summer months have just begun here in North Carolina. Happy paddling everyone!

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  1. Beautiful pictures of the river! It looks like the perfect morning for a paddle!

    I'm wondering if the last bird might be a warbler? Maybe a prothonary warbler? (I'm not expert, but I'm always willing to guess and be wrong!)

    1. Good catch! It looks more like a Blue-winged Warbler! At least, that's what I can match up based on my bird field guide book!


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