Kip’s Comments 4-17-16

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372113

 

Marsh Migrations and a Family Nature Walk

Normally my posts are in chronological order for the day, but tonight I will be posting in reverse order.

This afternoon and early evening I assisted CrawDaddy Outdoors with our best attended “Marsh Migrations” to date. We had 60 or so paddlers on the water at Sweet Marsh. In fact, unfortunately a sizable number of folks were turned away. We had so many people on the water today. Following are pictures from the record-setting Marsh Migrations event.  (Note: Included are images of paddlers traversing the top-secret passageway – a narrow cut between areas of Sweet Marsh. Most of the paddling was on open water.):                       

Kayak Paddlers at Marsh Migrations:

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372095

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372095

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372106

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372106

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372113

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372113

 

Marsh Migrations - Paddlers at Sweet Marsh - Image G0037270

Marsh Migrations – Paddlers at Sweet Marsh – Image G0037270

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372133

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372133

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372152

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372152

 

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Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372159

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372160

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372160

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372166

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372166

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372168

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372168

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372170

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372170

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372179

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372179

 

Marsh Migrations - Paddlers at Sweet Marsh - Image G0038660

Marsh Migrations – Paddlers at Sweet Marsh – Image G0038660

 

Marsh Migrations - Kayakers at Sweet Marsh - Image 372184

Marsh Migrations – Kayakers at Sweet Marsh – Image 372184

 

Marsh Migrations - Paddlers at Sweet Marsh - Image G0038685

Marsh Migrations – Paddlers at Sweet Marsh – Image G0038685

 

Just as Marsh Migrations was ending I noticed a Forster’s Tern perched on old stumps on Marten’s Lake. I paddled toward the bird to shoot a few photos. I was surprised how close the bird allowed me to get.  

Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh:              

Forster's Tern at Sweet Marsh - Image 372295

Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh – Image 372295

 

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Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh – Image 372240

 

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Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh – Image 372235

 

Forster's Tern at Sweet Marsh - Image 372236

Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh – Image 372236

 

Forster's Tern at Sweet Marsh - Image 372215

Forster’s Tern at Sweet Marsh – Image 372215

 

After the paddling, the Boy Scout troop that joined us completed an unscheduled trash pickup at the parking lot of Sweet Marsh.  Thank you very much fellows!

Boy Scouts Cleaning Up Trash at Sweet Marsh:           

Boy Scouts Picking Up Trash at Sweet Marsh - Image 372194

Boy Scouts Picking Up Trash at Sweet Marsh – Image 372194

 

Earlier in the day our family (including Zach and Nikki and the kids) enjoyed a short nature walk at Sweet Marsh. Even though the time duration was brief, we had a good time.    

Nature Walk at Sweet Marsh:    

Nikki and Emerson on Nature Walk at Sweet Marsh - Image 371913

Nikki and Emerson on Nature Walk at Sweet Marsh – Image 371913

 

I did shoot a sandpiper photo while we were walking.  

Sandpiper at Sweet Marsh:          

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Sandpiper at Sweet Marsh – Image 371963

 

Emerson enjoyed watching painted turtles sunning on a log.  

Painted Turtle on Log:    

Painted Turtle at Sweet Marsh - Image 372004

Painted Turtle at Sweet Marsh – Image 372004

 

At home I shot photos of our nanking cherry shrub.      

Nanking Cherry Blossoms:              

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Nanking Cherry Blossom – Image 372079

 

Nanking Cherry Blossoms - Image 372061

Nanking Cherry Blossoms – Image 372061

 

Nanking Cherry Blossom - Image 372058

Nanking Cherry Blossom – Image 372058

 

Nanking Cherry Blossom - Image 372031

Nanking Cherry Blossom – Image 372031

 

Red Admiral Butterfly on Nanking Cherry Blossom:  

Red Admiral Butterfly on Nanking Cherry Blossom - Image 372087

Red Admiral Butterfly on Nanking Cherry Blossom – Image 372087

 

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