Saturday, July 16, 2016

Return to Five Fingers

Location: Five Fingers Area on Eno River, Durham, NC Temperature: 70F Wind: Light Conditions: Cloudy 

Saturday morning was made for paddling - low temperatures, moderate humidity and overcast skies. Rachel's back was talking ugly to her and she elected to stay at home. 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. Click on the photos to enlarge.  

Muddy and swollen Eno River - the result of heavy rainfall in the past several days in the Raleigh-Durham area. I encountered lots of floating debris and these water hazards may have been the reason there was no motor boat traffic encountered during my paddle.   


Close up and personal with a couple of Blue Herons. I was able to get within 25 yards or so of these birds. Neither bird seemed alarmed by a guy paddling a yellow kayak past their positions on the river.




 The Rose of Sharon were in full bloom along the banks of the Eno River. 

 Also, both the bees and butterflies were doing their "pollen thing."



A quiet cove in the Five Fingers area. You can see a large bush of the white Rose of Sharon plants in the left of the photo.

This electrical pole, complete with anchoring cable, was blocking the water entrance to the swampy and marshy area of Five Fingers. I was unable to complete my circuit through the Five Fingers area and was forced to retrace my paddle route. I have no explanation why this water route would be deliberately blocked off. A major disappointment.

Close up photo that details the anchoring cable.

A relaxing and invigorating paddle on the Eno River! It had been over a year since I had last visited the Five Fingers area. I need to return to it more often!



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