Autumn Sun – Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated and Sunday Stills: Birds
The whitewater kayak carved circles in the water whenever I pulled on the paddle too sharply. Seeing the fledgling great blue heron on the eastern shore quickened my pulse, and my paddle strokes.
The boat wasn’t designed for flat-water outings, but it was the only one I had that autumn afternoon. The kayak was overly-nimble, and at times it seemed like merely turning my head too quickly would also turn the boat. When I saw the heron out of the corner of my eye, my head turned in that direction automatically, and instinctively I dug in the paddle to set a course for that end of the cove.
“Wheeeee!” I thought to myself as the kayak spun full donuts on the otherwise smooth waters, around and around.
The kayak stopped spinning and I adjusted my touch, with feather-light strokes of the blades planted less deeply in the water. I settled in amongst the surface vegetation to the west of Monkey Island to stabilize the kayak, and waited for the ripples to subside.
The fledgling foraged in the shallows, and stood there for quite a while basking in the warming rays of the late afternoon sun.
It was a good day for being alive.
Thanks to Michelle W. and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated.
Thanks also to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Birds prompt.
The topic for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “saturated.” The photo included in this post is one of the more saturated of my heron photos because of the bright late-afternoon autumn sun.
(This took place November 9, 2008)
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