Evening Kayak

I don’t usually kayak in the evening, but rather early in the morning.  However, it was such a nice evening that I decided to venture out.  At first, I was disappointed by all the boat traffic.  Far more boats than in the morning.  But the traffic got lighter and I started seeing some wildlife.

Silhouette

Silhouette

Couldn’t tell what kind of bird this was, but I liked the silhouette.

Muskrat with dinner

Muskrat with dinner

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a muskrat on Duck Lake.  No reason they wouldn’t be here, but I hadn’t seen one until this evening.  It paid no attention to me as I floated by.

Stump with Turtle

Stump with Turtle

I’ve always liked this stump, but with the evening sun, it had a glow that I hadn’t noticed in the morning.  The turtle was an added bonus.

Loon1

Loon1

Loon Calling

Loon Calling

Loon2

Loon2

I caught a glimpse of this loon and just sat and waited.  We drifted closer together.  I had the privilege of  being able to watch and listen to it call.  They are such a beautiful animal.

Cat Tails

Cat Tails

The evening sun shone on these cat tails and made them glow.  This is a panorama stitched together from 7 individual photos.  It is hard to get the proper perspective.  If you click on the image, you will get a much larger version (probably much too large) that will take some time to download.

Heron in search of dinner

Heron in search of dinner

Something caught my eye, flying low along the water’s edge.  I paddled slowly in that direction and finally saw this heron.  As I drifted closer, it was focused on finding dinner.

Polly

Polly

While watching the heron, Polly, a neighbor in OCC floated up.  I pointed out the heron and we watched together for a short while before turning and leaving the heron to its dinner.

Sunset on Duck Lake

Sunset on Duck Lake

Just before we pulled to shore, the sun was setting.  I think there will be many more evening kayak adventures in my future.

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