Destination: Whiskey Ditch
Distance: Approx 5 miles
Paddle time: Approx 2 hours
Weather: Hot and humid (90s) with nearby thunderstorms.
Track: To view or download the GPS track of this trip, Click Here.
|1) Picked up the Necky Looksha 17 Outfitter kayak that I ordered back in March today and had to try it out despite nearby thunderstorms. There was a distinct and sickening smell of petroleum in the air related to the BP oil spill.|
|2) A yellow crowned night heron on a post in Pass Picada with the Oyster House Restaurant in the background.|
|3) An eye catching wildflower in the Pea Family on the bank of Pass Picada.|
|4) The flower of the Swamp Dock in the Buckwheat Family (Rumex verticillatus) which had many medicinal purposes in the past.|
|5) Higher up on the stream bank the white flowers of the Crimsoneyed Rosemallow are visible.|
|6) A closer look at the Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos). It is a large sized flower.|
|7) Peering inside the flower, you can see where the Crimsoneyed Rosemallow gets its name.|
|9) Floating Primrosewillow or Water Primrose (Ludwigia peploides) - this plant can literally clog streams. The color of the Water Primrose flower matches the color of the new kayak.|
|10) At the end of Whiskey Ditch is a small pond and at times it is full of surface scum that is teaming with microscopic life.|