Here’s a little trick I use when I get a great picture that isn’t quite as clear as I had hoped. I add a little grain and a little grit and BAM! I got this picture while kayaking down the Neuse River in Raleigh early one morning.
Sycamore seed balls look like Christmas Tree Ornaments. A kayak trip down the Neuse River in Raleigh will take you under lots of big, old sycamore trees. You’ll only see the seed balls in spring, though. Trees with lots of seed balls are generally between 25 and 200 years old.
A paddle up shallow Smith Creek is only possible when the Neuse River is above about 500cfs. It will reward you with high banks, clear water, and muddy sandbars covered in deer tracks. It is a beautiful trip, despite the fact that it runs under the only set of powerlines to cross the Upper Neuse
The surface of a sandbar has taken on a unique texture as the Neuse River has dropped and left it to dry. Paddling the Neuse in a canoe, kayak, or on a paddle board will get you close to all kinds of textures, sights, and sounds that you won’t get anywhere else.
It is hard to beat a kayak for getting close to the fish. Sometimes, though, you just need to get out and stalk them. The Neuse River is a great place to fish, in kayak or on foot (or both).
This heron stands almost 4 feet tall. He’s a big guy and a regular sighting along the Neuse River in Raleigh. Even when silently floating along in a canoe, kayak, or on a SUP, it is hard to get close. He is pretty cautious when it comes to visitors.
A canoe, kayak, or paddle board trip down the Neuse River plunges you into a quiet world, where the only sounds are from nature. Often that quiet calm is interrupted by the bang, bang, bang of a woodpecker. As if that wasn’t evidence enough that there are lots of woodpeckers along the Neuse River, they’ve
Paddling the Neuse River at different water levels gives you wildly different experiences. Take a kayak or canoe when the water is low and you can paddle under this rock formation for a cave-like experience. When the water is high, you have access to the creeks that feed the Neuse River. Paddle a SUP up
I kayaked alongside this beaver for over 100 yards one morning on the upper Neuse River near the Falls Dam. He seemed content to drift along face-to-face with me for the whole river. It wasn’t until I paddled a little closer that he moved on.