Exploring New Water and Old Water
Rain and drizzle or not, we went camping this weekend. It may be hard to believe, but we had a good time once the precipitation stopped falling.
Just as the drizzle was ending I put my kayak on the water. Instead of paddling my routine route when at this campground, I paddled what I would call backwaters or drainage waters from the lake. Part of the area I had paddled before, but much of it I had not.
After going through a culvert I was exploring “New to Me” waters. It was obvious the area receives few visitors. My fishing bobber collection increased by seven, but the biggest indicator was the solid covering of duckweed in some areas.
Some might wonder what the attraction would be to paddling through thick water. For me it was the never-ending wildlife I was seeing – wood ducks, green herons, several species of warblers and whitetail deer. Also seen, at very close range were two great blue herons. Since the GBHs were so cooperative, I took many pictures of them.
Following is a sampling of the images recorded on my “New Water” paddle outing. I am also including a photo of a brown snake that nobody but me seemed happy to find.
This morning I took one of my grandsons fishing. He was so proud to catch bluegills. For him, size of the fish caught did not matter. He just enjoyed fishing and being out with Grandpa.
Late this afternoon I paddled “Old Water” to look for more critters. My best find was this eastern phoebe in fresh fall plumage as indicated by the pale yellow coloration on the breast. I also spotted several bullfrogs.