Thursday, October 17, 2013
the river in the fall
As I approached what looked like a pile of weeds a couple feet high I wasn't sure what it was. A nest of some type or a roost built up by some bigger birds. Approaching it tentatively so as not to disturb anything, I found that it was just a pile of leaves and vines sitting on the shallow bottom. From the feathers around it looked like some birds had been around there and perhaps the herons hang out there. It's too small to be for one of the swimming creatures and the muscats tend to live in the banks of the river.
Ending my time and feeling that the weeds gave my paddling arms a good workout, I headed back to the dock only to find a boat stuck on the middle of it and the owner trying to locate a leak. Not a good place to be as it doesn't give too many good angles to hold on to the dock. Fighting the wind and the stronger current I felt like a little power boat backing up and repositioning over an over to find the best approach were there really wasn't any and the boat owner wasn't too sympathetic. His was a flat bottom boat with a small motor whereas mind was a tipping kayak. So getting as close in as I could, I took plunge (not literally) and swung my feet over the edge and into the water. My legs sunk up to almost my knees, which for someone my size is a bit. Then I slogged through the muck and out, looking around for some deeper water to wash off the layer of black muck.
I have written about people at this dock before. They either very nice or absolutely clueless of being in the way of others and this one was clueless. But no harm came and a hose down of me and the boat at home washed all traces away.
Fall on the river is a nice time. A few weeks ago I heard the sound of the bird banders at night. The unmistakable sound of an air-boat starting and stopping as it works its way into those river nooks catching and banding ducks and other large water foul that rest there in the night. When I heard the sound I headed down to the dock hoping to see something but the sound was further up the river and deep in the swamps. It clearly a sound of fall evening when the banding takes place.