Friday, July 30, 2010

From the Water's Edge

A little different perspective on the botany, these photos gathered from the cockpit of a kayak. Several of us floated Turtle Creek and parts of Metzger Marsh enjoying a refreshing morning on the water, and eye level to some interesting finds.

American Lotus, Nelumbo lutea is not uncommon, but the sheer size of these flowers and floating leaves always make a major impression. Even more so when one is paddling in close proximity to them.

Shorebirds were few and far between the last couple of days, but we did see this Spotted Sandpiper working the shoreline.

Catching a few rays on the the jumbo floating vegetation, a Northern Watersnake kept watch as we paddled by.

Birdwatchers, on land or water, you just can't cure them! Here we are checking out a roost of 6-8 Great Egrets resting in the trees.

Greg Miller- (Playing the role of Jack Black?) claims this was the first time he ever returned from a canoe trip still dry! The credit should go to Judy Kolo-Rose, who displayed the level head of a true sailor.


  1. It's amazing how different the water appears when you're sitting on it. I always thought it would be great to have a glass bottom canoe. I imagine that would have some problems, especially when zipping down some of our rock bottom streams.

  2. If you build a glass canoe, Metzger would be the place to take it. No rocks, just interesting aquatic plants!