The lake was as smooth as glass Sunday morning. The kayaking was easy. Other than a couple water skiers and a slow pontoon boat, I had the lake to myself. And, as usual, there were several treats waiting for me.
I was just getting started and not expecting to see anything so quickly. However, this heron was sitting on a branch and posed long enough for a single photo before flying back toward the north.
I also saw a young green heron a bit further south on the lake. I might have missed it completely, but it flew up from the water’s edge into the tree, catching my eye. It was hard to spot even though I had seen it land there.
At the south end of the lake near Horton Creek, there was a second great blue heron that took flight as I came around the corner.
On the eastern side of the lake, there is a place where you can see the sun coming through the trees. I’ve always enjoyed looking at this place and decided to get a photo.
There were a few turtles sunning themselves at the point with all the logs in the water. There was one very large turtle and several smaller turtles. The photos didn’t turn out, but I was glad to see some turtles.
As I turned the corner, I saw several Canada Geese on the far eastern shore. As I paddled closer, they got nervous and flew off, but not without me getting a few photos.
There were also the usual shore birds, kingfishers, and terns, but they didn’t pose so nicely for me that morning. Another day.
Enjoy these beautiful days of August!