A first for me. White pelicans on Lake Maitland, Wednesday morning.
Underway from Fort Maitland Park at 8:40.
As it was Ash Wednesday, I wanted to paddle to the Albin Polask sculpture garden on the south shore of Lake Osceola. Take photos of the crucifix. But, the herons, egrets and wood stork near the Minnehaha canal kept me on Lake Maitland.
The border cypress
To the Winter Park half of Lake Maitland and Kraft Azalea Gardens
Nesting great blue herons
There were several 8 man and 8 woman crew training on the lake. Which got me to thinking of my alma mater. Wondering how Bucky recruits in these days of on line registration. In the old days, the coaches would spot tall, lanky dudes in the registration lines and ask them if they wanted to row. And produced Big Ten, National Champs, and invites to the Henley Regatta.
Isle of Sicily bridge
Howell Branch Creek
Back to Lake Maitland, I thought, "What cool stuff will I see now?"
White pelicans, very cool
I have never seen white pelicans on the Winter Park Chain before.
Friends have also seen them on other lakes. Gathering for the migration north, perhaps.
Farthest inland I have seen then before is the St. Johns River, near the mouth of the Econlockhathee.
Farthest inland in Florida, that is. Saw one on Lake Butte des Morts, as I drove on U.S. 41 few years ago. That's Wisconsin.
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.