Pictures from Latest Kayak run on the River

Thought it’s time to post a few more pictures from a mid-summer kayak paddle on the River…  This was taken on the fifteenth – a week ago.  Enjoy!

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Immature red shafted flicker, you can still see the scruffy baby feathers – yes, a bit shaky but hand holding in a kayak, pointing up in the sky’ll do that at high magnification…! 

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Hope river reflections in the morning – and you can already see and sense those fall colors developing.  

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River otter – Hope river – actual caption: “What cha lookin’ at?” 

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Red barn – this is an encore: I just love this scene. I have a special folder of just “red barn” images taken over the years passing by this “Kodak moment” farm…

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Turkey vulture… either cooling off or just showing off.

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Lesser yellowlegs (large sandpiper) feeding on the banks of the Hope river.  Notice the flattened shape of the leg bones – these birds can actually swim if they are forced to. 

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Receding waters on a back channel of the Fraser river – every bit as wonderful to be in this as it looks, perhaps even better. 

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Mid-summer Fraser: expanding gravel bars, receding waters.  As I never wear shoes (and usually nothing else either – blushing) while kayaking, here’s where you are truly thankful for tough soles and feet. 

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Hi there, excuse me, uh, sorry a bit drunk.  I seem to have gotten myself tangled up here, can you help me?  No?  OK, well, have a nice day… 

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Picturesque landscape-Fraser river channel with Mt. Cheam in background – typical Chilliwack view.

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Typical gravel bar grasses

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mini “sunflowers” (they’re not, actually, but I don’t know what they really are – relatives of the dandelion?) blowing in the wind

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Camera follies – some sort of goofy setting that lets the camera have fun with landscapes

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More camera follies. Next generation won’t even need a photographer. Just send the camera out by itself to get pictures… !

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28 thoughts on “Pictures from Latest Kayak run on the River

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you Dermott. At least with a kayak and a couple of rivers in the back yard I do have the option of finding tranquility in the midst of typical small town mayhem.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you. Now make me work, why don’t you… (digging out camera to check up on its details) It’s, um, a Canon SX720 HS. Only a couple of months old so one of those latest models with a 40X optical zoom and an extended digital zoom to 160X, and with a whole bunch of fun stuff attached to little buttons and a circular one that makes it into a movie, special effects, night-time camera, ad nauseam additions I’ll probably never get to learn how to use, or have any use for. $500 Canadian. It’s not a DSLR (well, obviously!)just a handy point and shoot.

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      1. aishahnaaz

        Wow. It is much better than a mobile camera!! And even your description on camera is quite an interesting read!!😅😅

      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Ah yes, well, why use just one word when twenty will do… 🙂 It’s the French in me. You see, I can’t use my hands to talk on the computer… !

      3. Sha'Tara Post author

        I was being sarcastic towards my countrymen and their habit of speaking with their arms waving and using way too many words…

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thank you… and I wasn’t going to post that one. Goes to show how different people see things so differently. You are a keen observer.

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  1. Regis Auffray

    Wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them, Sha’Tara.

    Régis

    From: ~Burning Woman~ Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 12:19 AM To: rauffray@shaw.ca Subject: [New post] Pictures from Latest Kayak run on the River

    Sha’Tara posted: “Thought it’s time to post a few more pictures from a mid-summer kayak paddle on the River… This was taken on the fifteenth – a week ago. Enjoy! “

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  2. We come from dreams ~

    They’re all lovely! I’m glad you take the time to post them! Roy says the yellow ones are in the same family as daisies and coriopsis (compositae); we’ll see if we can find them in our field guides.
    Sara Jane

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  3. We come from dreams ~

    Hold on here! You didn’t take a self of you in the buff? Aww.
    Roy

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  4. Sha'Tara Post author

    Ah, sorry, I don’t do selfies – you never know where they might end up. Bad enough I have to threaten picture takers with Spanish Inquisition tortures if pictures of ~me~ end up on Fakebook. My “avatar” image is a drawing I did of what I really look like (or what I’m kidding myself I look like!)

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Yes it is beautiful here… but from looking over your blog, you’re not without your beauty in Russia. An amazing country, so vast, with so many differences… and barring another stupid war, with so much potential. A friend of mine from here was in Siberia a couple of years ago teaching log house construction and building a hall/church for the local village. He quite enjoyed it but was frustrated by the primitiveness; the lack of tools as basic as hammers, and chains and the lack of drive from the men. Most of his crew was women and very old people. But such beautiful country too.

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