Silly Saturday ...
... Minsi Lake kayaking.
Today's weather was simply perfect ... lots of sunshine and temps in the mid 80's ... and not too humid. Like I said ... perfect.
That said ... we gathered our kayaking equipment, packed up lunch and headed up to Minsi Lake to spend the day enjoying this perfect day.
I could have easily put together a collage as I took lots of pictures of a myriad of things. But in the interest of time I've gone with this beautiful great-blue heron. We surprised each other as we were out in the kayak. We were sitting (in the kayak) close by the shore when he/she came around the corner not realizing we were there! I hardly had time to point the camera at him/her as he/she flew by ... very closely I might add. He was surprised to see us there and tried flying in to some trees lining the lake but misjudged in his/her panic. But all worked out as he/she recovered before flying off in the other direction ... all was okay. But I felt bad in startling him/her. To appreciate the size of these birds keep in mind the great blue is the largest heron in North America, standing close to five feet tall, with a wingspan of up to 6.5 feet. Please have a look full screen.
We also saw both a juvenile bald eagle and an adult ... both up in the trees. And there was also some gorgeous ospreys flying overhead.
We had a great day out before returning home for the rest of the day ... I was quite tired by all the exercise and fresh air.