The first workday morning paddle of 2014. Start delayed. Had to cut the lawn. Usually, I can leave it go from November to March, but it has been a mild and damp late fall/early winter.
Muscovy duck in the Fort Maitland Park lot, before setting out just before 8 AM
Brown pelican. Some day, I want to see a white pelican on my local lakes.
Pie billed grebe
Do I have to ID a female anhinga? If so, welcome new viewer.
Lake Nina wood ducks
To Lake Minnehaha
Back on Lake Maitland, I paddled out to Dog Island
Wondering where the large flocks of birds I've seen on Lake Maitland my last 3 visits might be today.
They were not at Dog Island.
They were back where I had come from. Low flying cormorants, perhaps the raft I saw on Lake Minnehaha, great egrets above them, a few osprey higher up still. Alas, by the time I got to the other side of the Lake, they were gone.
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 sixth camera. As of May, 2014, I have a Powershot 115 IS.
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. Many 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 305-748-0728. If it floats, flies, fishes, swims, scubas, snorkels or sails, Andy can arrange your tour, rental or self-guided adventure.