Sunday, March 06, 2011

A Windy Saturday on the Wacissa!

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Dr. Carl Sagan

Long time no post! I have indeed been outdoors for the last few months, but on a bike or in a campground instead of on the river. Yesterday was a beautiful Saturday and DH and I decided to take the kayaks to the river.

Beautiful, but windy! It was blowing upstream, so the usual drift to Blue Spring was an effort that I am feeling today in my unaccustomed-to-paddling shoulders! Of course, it made the trip back upstream to the boat ramp go very quickly.

We thought that despite the wind, the river would be crowded on such a pretty day. However, there were only two cars in the lot when we got there, and we saw only two other boats, both powerboats. There were also surprisingly few birds on the river.

We ducked into the Blue Spring inlet to escape the wind and look around. This little gator was sunning on a log:

We spent a lot of time at the spring just meandering around looking into the water and into the woods. And then back to the river to face the wind for a little longer.

On the way back to the ramp I saw this turtle, who was also enjoying the warm sunshine.

As I said, there were very few birds, and the ones that were there were very shy; they may have been just passing through. So I was surprised to drift (quickly) past this green heron, who had just caught some lunch, and have it not fly off.

As we continued upstream I was considering whether or not to post this trip, since I had only gotten three photos. And then ahead and on the other side of the river I saw what looked like the distinctive white markings of a male wood duck's head. Hmmm, that could be interesting. So I ruddered the kayak over that way (no need to paddle, the wind was providing the forward momentum!). It was pair of woodies, swimming around near the edge.

I took many, many photos of them, particularly the male, and decided to finish this post with a short wood duck study:



This is still prime camping season and ideal bike-riding weather, so it may be a while until my next paddling trip, but I am still getting out on the water now and then! Stand by.


Suzanne said...

This is a wonderful post! I'm in an apartment in the frozen midwest and any of your critters are wonderful to look at. I would have been thrilled with the three pictures, but the wood duck was icing on the cake. Loved seeing all of them and hearing about your adventure on the Wacissa.

Elizabeth said...

Wood ducks always look like decoys to me. They're so well manicured; they can't be real!

Sue said...

Amazing close ups of the wood ducks. Do you not take photos when on your non-paddling trips? You're such a good photographer that it seems those would be interesting too.

Luis said...

Finally you are back!!! The woodduck seems like a decoy. What a beautiful pic!!!!!

Peggy said...

Hi Sue,

I do take non-paddling photos--the camping ones are on the camping blog ( and some pop up now and then on the Photo Miscellanea blog ( Thanks for asking!

The Florida Blogger said...

I've done a little yaking recently on the Gulf. I have a camping trip coming up to Ortona South down around Okeechobee.

Vicki said...

Beautiful pictures. It is great to see that you got to spend some time kayaking again.

Ang (pronounced anj) said...

Glad to have you back on the paddle blog! Your photos are gorgeous, as always. Just love the wood duck. He is one handsome guy and really does look like a decoy, he's so perfect. Enjoy your camping, biking and paddling. Here in NY state, we still have 3 feet or more of snow on the ground... I'm worried our kayaking season will get a very late start!

Snapper II said...

Beautiful photos I especialy love the Wood Ducks.

Cindy said...

Hey Peggy!

We lost touch - but love your photos! What fabulous shots of the wood ducks. We're planning to put up a nest box for them here on our lake. Can't wait to see what photos we might be able to get then. :)

- Cindy

Steven said...

Beautiful photos. Regrettably I haven't been able to paddle much lately either. But the wildlife you've seen has inspired me to find the time to get on the water. Thanks for posting.

Kelly_Deal said...

What beautiful photos!

Blogging About All Things Beachy said...

Great shots - love the gator!


Paula said...

Peggy your photos are just amazing. You have inspired me to go Kayaking this winter in the Everglades. Thanks so much!