View from a kayak 6/23-7/8

The past few weeks we have continued to paddle the Connecticut River between Wilder and Hanover including Mink Brook, and North Hartland Lake. We have seen beaver and muskrat on both lakes,

Beaver raising its tail to splash.
North Hartland Lake, VT 6/23/18
beaver splash.
North Hartland Lake, VT 6/23/18

as well as great blue herons,

Great blue heron.
Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 7/7/18

eagles,

Immature bald eagle being chased by a kingbird.
North Hartland Lake, VT 7/8/18

dragon flies,

Dragon fly.
North Hartland Lake, VT 7/5/18

damsel flies,

Water lily with a damsel fly.
Mink Brook, Hanover, NH 7/3/18

and plenty of ducklings.

Ducklings swimming.
Connecticut River, Hanover, NH 7/3/18

Ducklings following mama.
Connecticut River, Wilder, VT 6/30/18

Kayaking 7/5 – 10

On July 1, we had a flooding event. The Wilder dam opened its floodgates,making for unsafe paddling conditions. Above the dam it was either mudflat or strong current filled with floating debris. Finally on Wednesday, the river was back to normal levels so we went out.

A family of ducks. –Connecticut River, Wilder 7/5/17
Wood duck —
Connecticut River, Wilder 7/5/17

The next day, we headed to North Hartland Dam. Here, the water levels had risen about 4 feet, leaving a bath tub ring of mud on the plants around the lake. They were busy dredging the outlet of the dam, trying to get rid of accumulated silt and debris.

Dredging the outlet at the North Hartland Dam –North Hartland Lake, 7/6/17


We saw a number of birds of prey: eagles,

Bald eagle, probably 4 years old. –North Hartland Lake, 7/6/17


a couple of osprey,

Osprey –North Hartland Lake, 7/6/17


a great blue heron

Great blue heron –North Hartland Lake, 7/6/17


as well as a red-winged blackbird.

Red-winged blackbird –North Hartland Lake, 7/6/17

After a ducky day on the Connecticut,

Duck family –Connecticut River 7/8/17


we returned to North Hartland.

Duck family –North Hartland Lake, 7/10/17
Kingfisher –North Hartland Lake, 7/10/17
Kingbird feeding babies—North Hartland Lake, 7/10/17
Great blue heron –North Hartland Lake, 7/10/17
Water lily –North Hartland Lake, 7/10/17
Fishing at the North Hartland Dam –North Hartland Lake, 7/10/17

North Hartland Lake 7/4

I joined Jane and some of her family on North Hartland Lake this morning.

Jane, Rick and Suzy
Jane, Rick and Suzy

The wildlife did not disappoint.

Eagle
Eagle

Fawn
Fawn

Young sandpiper
Young sandpiper

Turtles
Turtles

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

Squam 6/17-18

The Orford Art Group went to Squam Lake yesterday.

Wyatt piloted us around the lake on a cocktail cruise.

Janet and Wyatt
Janet and Wyatt

The clouds were coming in.
The clouds were coming in.

Robin
Robin

Barb, the navigator
Barb, the navigator

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

We all got a chance to be on Gene’s blues show on VOBB.

Gene and Wyatt broadcasting from the dining room.
Gene and Wyatt broadcasting from the dining room.

In the morning, Barb and I took Janet on her first kayak paddle.

Janet paddling
Janet paddling

We saw some wildlife: geese, loons, eagles, and bugs.

loon
loon

loon sitting on its nesting platform
loon sitting on its nesting platform

Canada geese
Canada geese

Eagle
Eagle

dragonfly caught in a web
dragonfly caught in a web

Swallowtail on mountain laurel
Swallowtail on mountain laurel

bug
bug

pink laurel
pink laurel