While the sunrise is blowing up the river in the background of this picture, it hasn’t quite made it to this little waterfall on the upper Neuse River, just downstream from Falls Dam.
This big ol’ granddaddy of a heron had a quiet wading pool all to himself on a revet trip on the Neuse River near Raleigh. A canoe or kayak will let you quietly sneak up on these guys, although they tend to be pretty skittish.
Oh, the things that could’ve been! Hanging over the Neuse River near Falls Dam.
I have been able to pretty consistently find a little hawk (I am assuming it is the same one) along the same stretch of Neuse River in Raleigh. Between the Falls Dam and the Falls Dam Canoe Launch seems to be home turf for this guy.
A close inspection of this tree hanging over the Neuse River in Raleigh reveals some cool patterns.
A large heron keeps watch over the Upper Neuse River near Raleigh.
This heron wrapped himself up, pulled in his neck, and hunkered down against a very cold morning on the Upper Neuse River in Raleigh.
Not all picture frames hang on the wall. On the Upper Neuse River nears Falls Dam in Raleigh.
A sunrise and ripples overs a shallow spot combine to form this abstract shot in the Neuse River.
Here’s an unusual angle on a heron along the Neuse River in Raleigh. There was something different about this last trip where the herons let me get a lot closer than usual. It might have been because it was 26 degrees out and they didn’t want to move.