Destination: Lower Dog River
Distance: 11 miles (round trip).
Time Pedaling: 3 hours
Weather: Sunny, temperature a less humid 70 degrees, winds out of the northwest at 0-10 mph. Tide receding. Current about 0.5 mph. Waves less than 1 foot. Water temp 83 degrees.
|Header image is a cropped photo of a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron. If you look closely at its eye, you can make out reflections of a yellow kayak on the right (me taking the photo) and the Dog River Bridge on the left of the pupil.|
|Two shades of the morning sunrise. One appreciates the marvel of a sunrise if one has waited in the darkness to see it.|
|One appreciates the marvel of a sunrise even more if one is holding another person's hand at the time.|
|A third shade of the morning sunrise. Flocks of ducks were flying with unusual vigor this morning - maybe hunting season has begun or they sense the first cool weather of the season approaching.|
|It looks like a tri-colored heron.|
|A great egret ruffles its neck feathers while sitting on top of a popcorn tree.|
|This great egret was doing a 180 turn on a sweet gum tree branch. Sweet gum trees are in the Witch-Hazel family and have those hard ass spiny ball fruits that hurt when you step on them barefooted.|
|A juvenile yellow-crowned night heron kindly let me get close to it for a photo. Can you imagine how difficult it is to clean your face without arms?|
|A mallard duck.|