Paddled about two hours before going into work at 12:30 today, Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Just working this schedule two days this month. I may not kayak the other, as I scheduled it after my monthly 4 hour work day. On which I will, of course, kayak in the afternoon. Thinking of a Crystal River manatee excursion. But, that's in two weeks. This morning, I launched from Fort Maitland Park at 8:48 am.
As always on these lakes, I was greeted by anhingas.
Wood ducks and osprey, Lake Nina.
Through the canal to Lake Minnehaha.
Overcast and drizzling. Rain stopped, the wind picked up as a cold front moved in.
Just one other boat on the water, a fisherman leaving Lake Minnehaha as I entered.
Lake Minnehaha ahingas.
And a moorhen.
And a great egret.
Back in the canal.
Back to Lake Maitland.
Windy and choppy on the larger lake, so I headed towards Fort Maitland Park. Saw a blue heron across the way, and thought, by the time I paddle over there for a photo, it will fly away. But then, there were four, so I paddled across the narrow bay. After all, the only GBH photo I had so far is barely visible, in flight in the second photo.
Of course, there was another anhnga.
Now, I paddled back to the launch, past the condos, and, what is that, an eagle? Too bad I was aiming the camera at the wrong branch. See the opening photo of this Tale. Before I could adjust, it flew away.
I bought a used kayak in March, 2005 and began sending tales of trips to friends and family. That November, generous friends bought me a camera, Canon Powershot 400, so pictures were added to the tales. January 2007, I was able to add underwater photography, thanks to one of my brothers. I am now on my fifth camera. As of May, 2011, I have a Powershot 100 HS.
When I began kayaking in 2005, I would search the Internet for paddling information, trip reports, and practical advice. I hope this site adds to your knowledge and enjoyment.
My home in Winter Park, FL,north of Orlando,allows easy access to both coasts and all the spring fed rivers in between. Most Tales are day trips. No overnight stay required.
I welcome your comments and will try to respond to any questions you may have.
If you are in, or plan to visit Key West, call my brother, Andy Cannon, at 305-834-1209. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure. Happy Paddling!
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