No Motor, Less Noise, More Wildlife to Observe
A couple of days ago I shared how I had spent a considerable amount of time, sweat, and blisters on a boat motor that would not start (after I motored a couple of miles upstream). That motor was replaced with another old motor that does run. After all of the trouble to assure I had a boat with power, I put everything away so I could just paddle. I don’t need speed, I don’t mind the exercise, and I do appreciate the ability to move close to wildlife for photos.
Tonight after mowing the lawn I paddled on the Wapsie River. While I did not see much, what I did see – ebony jewelwing damselflies and rough-winged swallows – allowed me to quietly drift near them on the current of a lazy river in the summer.
I recorded a number of images, but my favorites were of this male ebony jewelwing damselfly as he spread his wings before he took flight. They look so dainty and really they are aggressive insects that feed on countless annoying smaller insects.
Male Ebony Jewelweed Damselfly: