Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Starting February off on the Wacissa

I was thinking I might not post this trip here because this blog is in danger of becoming a Paddling on the Wacissa blog, given how much time I spend on this river. What can I say—at 40 minutes away, it’s the closest paddling place and so it’s my go-to water on days when time is short or mornings are just too cold.

I took a few pictures I like so I decided to post after all.

It was a wonderful 3 hours on the river—very peaceful, as always. I spotted two single otters in two different places, one a little short of Cedar Island and the other in a small pool behind the main channel going into Blue Spring. I would not have seen that second one if I hadn’t been pursuing a great egret (almost to the point of stalking it) that kept flying away just when I got close. I saw it fly into that channel area and thought perhaps I could get a picture of it there. While I was watching it fish in the little pool and trying to decide whether to just give up or stick around to see if it would come out into the open, I saw the otter swimming around.

I never did get the egret picture. Or either of the otters. Maybe next time.

I did, however, spot another bald eagle wa-a-a-ay up in a tree and so, even though I knew the picture would be nearly identical to an earlier one, except with better color, I just had to snap it.


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A little while later I could hear a power boat roaring toward me from the boat ramp direction so I tucked in to the horticulture on the side to let it go by. I was not alone.


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The rest of the afternoon was just quiet paddling and enjoying the sunshine. I did get one more picture, an immature little blue heron that was also soaking up the warmth.

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We have rain and wind in the forecast for several days, but next week looks promising—certainly for paddling and hopefully for camping as well. Stand by.

2 comments:

Gregory Brown said...

Peggy,
Just so you would know...I enjoy all of your trips to the Wacissa. It is such a different type of waterway than I paddle that it thrills me to hear of your adventures. Keep it up.
Gregory Brown

Rob Nykvist said...

Hi Peggy - Don't you think for a minute about not posting photos from your trips on the Wacissa. Sure wish I could say the Wacissa was the nearest place to paddle. Thanks for sharing your adventures and photos.