Monday, July 19, 2010

Just Around The River Bend


Hey, want to head out in the kayaks tonight?  It's a beautiful night, and we'll be able to catch the sunset!



Look at those trees barely clinging to the banks of the creek...pretty cool eh?



Look, there is our favorite bald eagle heading back home for the evening.  I told you we should have brought the telephoto lens!



Turn around and look back towards the house, isn't the sun pretty!



And check out the heron flying low along the water.  Dang, next time, I'm bringing that telephoto lens!



See these marsh grasses?  The herons love to fish alongside the tufts of grass!



Keep paddling, we're coming up on the long bridges that connect the creek to the river!



Look, the tide is coming in.



It's pretty windy, the little fish windsock says so!



And watch out for the crab pot lines hanging down from the bridge!  Wonder how many crabs are in there?



I love these old tree roots, don't you?!



Last bridge before the river!  How are you doing...getting tired yet?



Mr. Osprey is not happy that we're so close to his nest!



Wow, we've already gone over a mile, but just wait until you see the river!



Shhh, look up ahead, see the heron silhouetted up in that tree?  If we're quiet, we might be able to sneak up before she flies away!  Oh, and did I mention that we should have brought the telephoto lens?!



Nope, there she goes.  Heron's are so skittish aren't they?!



Hey cool, look...I got the osprey, the moon, and that tiny speck (just to the left and a little up from the moon) which is an airliner...all in the same shot!  



Ok, we're finally here.  There's the river straight ahead!



There we go, out in the river!  See Virginia off in the distance...it's about 5 miles away...think we can make it before the sun sets?!



Yeah, you're probably right...not one of my best ideas...we'll stay on this side tonight!



There's just enough wind to create a little wave action...isn't the rocking motion soothing?!



Such a pretty sunset isn't it?!  Look at how it reflects off of the water!



And check out that cloud back towards the creek!



Ok, the sun is getting pretty low, we better start heading for home, we have a few miles to go and we don't want to lose the light.



The waves make it so much easier to paddle back in don't they?!



Hey, don't paddle too fast or we'll get in trouble with the Natural Resources Police!



I don't know which I like best, going out or coming back in.



The creek is always so calm this time of night.



Wouldn't it be nice to just sit on this bench every evening and watch the sunset?!



And here we are back home again.  Did you have fun?  I know I sure did, we should do this again sometime soon!

Thank you everyone for your well wishes for Mr. Tide, he's feeling much better today!!

36 comments:

  1. Okay - I am officially quite jealous. What a life!

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  2. Awesome pics! Especially love the heron silhouette and the sunset shots. Beautiful!

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  3. That was very calming just as I am about to go to sleep...thanks...olive.

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  4. It's hard to believe people actually get to live in such beautiful places! You are blessed!

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  5. That was quite a trip Kat, I'm sure glad we made it home before dark. I think I saw a lamb's face in that cloud formation. Your wildlife in that area is amazing and your photos were so beautiful (even without the telephoto). Although I would be a little nervous with my camera that close to water, I'm a real klutz with a paddle. We used to have a 2 person kayak (referred to as the divorce model) so we gave it away. Very beautiful post Kat! ~Lili

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  6. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED that trip!!!!!! Gorgeous photos!

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  7. What a wonderful trip!! Thanks for bringing us along. Your osprey/moon photo is beautiful!
    Connie

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  8. Gorgeous and peaceful. Thanks for sharing your ride with us - - - AND for doing all the work so we didn't have to! ;-)

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  9. I'll go along any time - that was very restful.

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  10. Thank you for taking us on that little trip, I really enjoyed it. You live in a beautiful area! xx

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  11. What a wonderful adventure you have taken us on Kat! I'll have to remember to go out next full moon- I've done it before with my neighbours and it is magical.
    Thank you for re-introducing it to me - I do forget...

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  12. Your photos are stunning, Kat! It was like being there with you! You sure do live in a gorgeous area!! Thanks for sharing this!

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  13. Amazing photos.
    Thanks for letting me in the kayak with you!!
    Alison

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  14. Amazing place and what an adventure

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  15. What a treat it must be to live on the water. Your photos are beautiful.

    -Rene

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  16. Oh my.... how could anyone not love that little kayak trip? I felt as if I was right there moving across the water with you. Can't wait to go again!

    Di

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  17. Oh, what a lovely journey you took us on - it was so beautiful and serene. I look forward to doing it again (with the telephoto lens!) - you can paddle. Thanks for the calming interlude.

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  18. Kat, how much fun was that and you did all the paddling. I would be afraid of dropping the camera in the water. I love to watch the birds and yes herons are very skitish. We have them here at our pond now and then looking for our fish and frogs. What a wonderful way to enjoy the summer!

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  19. That was fantastic! You got great shots of the birds even without the telephoto. I have to say I thought the airliner was a spot on my monitor, so I'm glad you explained. What a feast for the soul that trip is.

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  20. Oh Kat you live in an amazing place! I LOVED the Bald Eagle shot! What a great way to end a day, a quiet and peaceful ride full of wildlife. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures!!

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  21. I chose to slow down and enjoy the trip...I clicked on several of the photos to zoom in and see the eagle, osprey, heron....and tree roots! What a relaxing trip...I guess because YOU paddled the boat! Beautiful...just gorgeous! ♥

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  22. We oh so want to do this. We live in a river town. We did have a canoe, but we found it to awkward to lift up and down on our car and we both have backs that are not the greatest. How hard are kayaks to lift on cars?

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  23. OMW Kat, I am so jealous! What a gorgeous setting and a perfect place for kayaking! Fantastic photos!

    Thank you for the ride in your kayak, it was awesome!

    ~ Tracy

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  24. Beautiful. Just beautiful. What a lovely rest in the middle of my day. I'm glad Mr. Tide is improving :)

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  25. Beeee-u-teeee-ful. Thanks for taking us with you!

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  26. You are so lucky...it is absolutely beautiful.

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  27. Thank you everyone! We feel very fortunate to live where we do and we try never to take it for granted!

    As far as lifting kayaks on to cars is concerned. They are easier to lift than a canoe, they tend to be a little lighter. But it's still not a super light or easy thing to do, depending on how tall your car roof is.

    Kat :)

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  28. I just love your photos. Are you profesional photographer? By-Ag

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  29. Agnicy, thanks so much you are very sweet! But no I'm not a professional photographer, I just take pictures for fun. I make my living as a writer.

    Thanks for making me blush though! ;-)

    Kat :)

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  30. Oh, how relaxing and fun, Kat! Thanks for sharing your world with us and taking us on that beautiful trip. It was like a mini-vacation for us! :) What a beautiful place to live.... sigh!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

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  31. Kat, what lovely photos. You are truly blessed with where you live! Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos!!

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  32. Officially green with envy! How gorgeous, you live in an absolutely magical place Kat. Are you sure you're not a wildlife photographer in your spare time? Thanks for taking us on such a lovely trip - see you soon for the next one! K xx

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  33. Oh, how I envy you that tranquil space of yours! The photos are absolutely breathtaking. Please frame some of them!
    Brenda

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  34. Kat amazing photography and what a soothing trip I just got to take with you, thankyou, I feel so relaxed,Kathysue

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  35. Oh, to LIVE on that CREEK that goes out to the RIVER!!! I love to kayak, but have to throw my boat on top of the car to get to the many rivers and lakes and Sound and ocean...

    Lucky girl :-) Beautiful photos, thanks for bringing us along..

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  36. What a lovely trip. Yep, you should have brought your other lens. Dang. But the photos were still incredible.

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