An Afternoon on the Water
by, 06-17-2011 at 03:59 PM (725 Views)
Summer's here and with it come summer projects and, any chance I can, time on the water. This summer I bought a new kayak and I've been foolish about it ever since, taking it out three days this week alone.
Recently, I've enjoyed paddling the backwaters of an area reservoir; it's filled with wild life and most motorized boats don't go near it because, unless you are expert at finding the deep river channel, the area is far too shallow and unpredictable to navigate safely. But kayaks are different. They could float over the rain running down the road.
I went out for about two hours just this afternoon. I took my fishing gear, some smokes, a camera, and Thermos of spring water.
The area is filled with wild rice beds -- the tall grasses that you see pictured here, to the left and just beyond the bow of my kayak:
Of course, I enjoy the muscular vigor of a good paddle (I went mostly up river). But did take the time to slow down and enjoy the moment:
As you can see, clouds started to roll in -- dark clouds -- so, I paddled back down river to the landing. While getting the kayak strapped to the car, I found a small group of wild pink lady slippers (orchids) Cypripedium acaule. Here's one of a pair:
And here's a close up:
After a quick piss behind a big red pine, I was off home so that I can pick up the kids and the makings for dinner tonight (mushroom ragu with spaghetti).