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Looking Down


There are a few high banks along the Upper Neuse River near Falls Dam where you get the unique perspective of looking down over the river. They require a little work to get to, but the view is usually worth it.

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All Ears


I got this shot during my standoff with this deer. I was hiding (hiding might be too strong) behind a tree and he was stomping his hoof in an intimidating manner. An early morning paddle down the Neuse River is a great way to see the deer that frequent the area. The earlier you can

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A Standoff


I was hiking along the bank of the Neuse River in Raleigh and came across a family of 3 deer. Rather than running away like every other deer I’ve ever come across these deer stood their ground. We ended up at a standoff. He wouldn’t back down and I couldn’t continue down the path with

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River Scanner


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.

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Scowl


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.

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Low Water


Right now, the Neuse River near Falls Dam in Raleigh is 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 launch downstream.

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Lush


Sometimes I am even surprised by how lush and green the Upper Neuse River gets in the heart of the Summer. It is not until you canoe or kayak down the river that you realized how thick and full the vegetation is. Sprinkle in some wildlife who will tolerate getting their photos taken for a

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Bedhead


There are only a few places where powerlines cross the Upper Neuse River near Raleigh. One of them is right next to the Old Falls of Neuse bridge just downstream of the Falls Dam. I was out there the other morning on the river and caught a shot of this guy, who looks like he

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Stripes


There is a place just downstream of the Falls Dam, where there is a big pile of boulders on on the side of the river. Years of rushing water has worn them smooth and left stripes on the rocks where the different water levels have been. When paired with the vibrant green of the plants,

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