Month: April 2016

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Alright, nobody move!


I very, very quietly crept along the Neuse River until I could get a clear view. Then I watched this heron stand like this, totally motionless, for about 5 minutes. In total concentration and with every muscle tensed, he was waiting for just the right opportunity to smash his head through the water’s surface and grab

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Clouds


Clouds build over the Neuse River in Raleigh. We’ve got a couple of days of rain ahead of us, but then a decent looking weekend of canoeing and kayaking.

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King of the World


There is a spot in the top of this tall, but dead, tree that is higher than all the surrounding trees. It is on the island that is created when the Neuse River splits just downstream of the Falls Dam in Raleigh. Herons land on this tree nub and view the entire area. I assume

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The Other End


In contrast to yesterday’s post about a new tree sprouting up in the middle of the Neuse River, here the Neuse River can be see through the roots of an overturned tree. As the river slowly erodes the river bank, trees that are right on the edge gradually lose their foundation. Eventually, they fall into

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Go Nature


What are the chances that a tiny seed would land on a rock in the middle of a river, find enough soil to sprout, have enough time to grow roots, and then survive being under water that is rushing downstream for weeks at a time? Pretty amazing. In the middle of the Neuse River, near

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Leftovers


This pile of shells was tucked in the pocket of a tree stump leftover from a raccoon’s meal. Raccoon are an occasional sight as you canoe or kayak the Neuse River in Raleigh.

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Woody Woodpecker


I watched as a pair of these Red-Headed Woodpeckers crawled out of their hole in the tree and greeted the new day. One of them flew off immediately. The other one, pictured here, hung around for a while fluffing its feathers and looking around intently. Shortly after the first one flew off, the silence in

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Yes, Deer


Most people don’t realize how close they are to nature. I came across this sandbar along the Neuse River that was covered with deer prints. The sandbar was literally a stone’s throw from the Neuse River Greenway Trail. There are a few other places along the river that are really only accessible by canoe or

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In the Bush


Do you see the heron? This is a beautiful section of the Upper Neuse River near Falls Dam in Raleigh. This spot is one you’ll never see unless you hike down off the Neuse River Greenway Trail. It is upstream of the canoe launch, so unless you are kayaking all the way from the dam,

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Negative Ghost Rider, the Pattern is Full


As I sat huddled in the bushes just after sunrise last Saturday near the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh I noticed a pattern. The herons were using the river as a sort of highway. In most cases, they would be flying along its path and then see me and flip out and immediately change

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