The Neuse River winds its way through rocks near Falls Dam in Raleigh. The water level of the Neuse River is almost totally controlled by the dam. The dam is used to control the height of Falls Lake. The great thing is that, even when the water is really low, you can still canoe, kayak,
A large osprey scans the Neuse River near Raleigh for breakfast. Ospreys are different than most large raptors in that their diet consists mostly of live fish. These birds will patrol the Neuse River and Falls Lake for fish near the surface and then swoop down, talons-first, and pluck them from the water.
Not the world’s most exotic animal but an important part of the ecosystem along the Neuse River and the Neuse River Greenway Trail. If you are an early-morning paddler, hiker, or biker, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll come across these guys at some point.
A swallow brings breakfast to its nest under the Falls of Neuse Rd bridge over the Neuse River in Raleigh. These swallows build nest of mud that they harvest one mouthful at a time from the banks of the river. The best view of the nests comes from the river. So canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding
This heron popped into view through the trees as I hiked on a small island in the middle of the Neuse River. Generally you would have to kayak or canoe to the island, which sits in the very upper Neuse River near the Falls Dam. However, last month the river was super low and so
I love the ability that something as seemingly mundane as a woodpecker has the ability to create a hole that is a perfect circle. Go nature! If you gave most humans a toolbox full of tools they probably couldn’t replicate that.
A little while back, the Neuse River near Falls Dam in Raleigh was about a low as it ever gets. This lets the long-legged blue heron walk about anywhere they want in the river. Even when Falls Dam is releasing very little water, you can still canoe or kayak the river successfully from the canoe
This hawk seems to have a permanent scowl on his face. There were two of them, chasing each other around and screeching really loudly. I could never get close enough to get a picture, but then on my walk back to my car, one of them landed right in front of me on the powerlines.
Along the Neuse River Greenway Trail, there is a bridge that crosses a small gully. The whole gully is full of these green plants with these droopy white flowers. It is pretty stunning to look down over the whole area of green and white.
Even just your average duck can look pretty awesome when you’re kayaking or canoeing down the Neuse River. These two were splashing and searching for breakfast, when I noticed this super-bright blue patch on the side of this duck. Pretty cool for, “Just your average duck.”