Month: July 2016

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Low Water


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,

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Hip Hop


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.

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Breakfast Time


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

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Treetop View


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

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A Perfect Circle


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.

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Droopy


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.

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A Splash of Color


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.”

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Coming in for a Landing


A couple of weeks ago the Neuse River near Raleigh was really low. Lower than the usual Summer low. It allowed me to wade over to an island that is in the middle if the river near the Falls Dam. Generally, you’d have to paddle a canoe or kayak over to the island to get

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The Goose is Loose!


When I took this picture of a family of geese swimming in Falls Lake, it was instantly obvious that one of them was different than the rest. So I did a little googling (30 seconds-ish) and it became obvious that there is a lot of information about geese, but also obvious that it was going to

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