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New Years Day - Dismal Swamp Canal, Lake Drummond
Hard Water
Superbowl Sunday Munden Point Park - Oakum's Creek, North Landing River, Milldam Creek
Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area - Back Bay - Pocohontas Marsh
North Landing River - Old Pungo Ferry Road
West Neck Creek - North Landing River - Pungo Ferry Road - New Boat maiden Voyage.
Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay - Just Messing Around
Vernal Equinox - Back Bay/Redhead Bay - Ragged Island - Rock Island Haul
Holy Saturday - Horn Point - North Bay - Shipps Bay- Sand Bay - Long Island
Wooo Hoo Spring has sprung - Ashville Bridge Creek - Muddy creek
The Masters - Indian Creek - Northwest River - Pete Dozier's Pond???
Welcome Home Truman Strike Group - North Landing River - Black Water Creek
Smoke On The Water - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay
Mayday Mayday Mayday - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Transcontinental Railroads 136th - Back Bay/Redhead Bay - Sand Bay - False Cape
U.S. Airmail Service's 87th - Little Island - Sand Bay - False Cape
Last Minute Addition - Smiths Creek
Golden Gate Bridge 68th - Dismal Swamp Canal - Lake Drummond
Jell-O® Introduced 1897 - Oakum Creek - Munden Point
First Indy 500 1911 - Beggars Bridge Creek -Ships Bay - Redhead Bay - Sand Bay
Memorial Day - Linda and Nick's First Trip of the Year - Smith's Creek
Box Turtle Rescue - Back Bay - Pocahontas Marsh
Osprey Check - Back Bay - Shipps Bay - Sand Bay - False Cape - Redhead Bay
Shrieking Harpie in Defense Mode - Ashville Bridge Creek
Empty Nest - Beggars Bridge Creek - Redhead Bay - Sand Bay - Shipps Bay
Independence Day - West Neck Creek
Thar Be Dragons (Flies) - Beggars Bridge Creek - Redhead Bay
Turtle Soup - Knott's Island NC - Currituck Marsh
I Don't Want To Go To Hell's Creek - Ashville Bridge Creek
No Man Is An Island - Back Bay
Zach and a Hack in a Yak :-) - Ashville Bridge Creek Muddy Creek
Gone To Long - Little Island - False Cape - Knott's Island
Rudee Rudee Rudee - Owl Creek - Lake Rudee
Full on Fall - Ashville Bridge Creek
Smiths Creek I presume - Smiths Creek - Northwest River
I Have No Idea - North Landing River
Getting Colder - Redhead Bay - Shipps Bay
Back on the water - Back Bay - Pocohontas Marsh
Always Bring A Towel - Back Bay - Sand Bay
Wild-card Weekend - Ashville Bridge Creek
Little Voices
Missing Ingredient
Snuck it in... Ashville Bridge Creek - Hells Creek - North Bay
Snow go, No Go
Water Woo Hoo - Back Bay - Long Island
Friday Furlough Kayak trip on Smiths Creek and the Northwest River
Good Friday Good Kayaking - Drum Point - Back Bay - Redhead Bay - Ragged Islands
Crowded Kayaking - Ashville Bridge Creek - Back Bay - Horn Point
Kayaking with Kay - Ashville Bridge Creek
I Could Have Walked - Back Bay
Wild Iris and Spanish Moss - Oakum Creek - North Landing River - Milldam Creek
Mothers Day (Sort of) Smiths Creek
Four and a Half Day Weekend - Ashville Bridge Creek - Muddy Creek
The Ramp Runneth Over - Back Bay
Primrose on the Pocaty - Pocaty River - North Landing River
Great Day on Back Bay - Redhead Bay - Back Bay NWR
North Bay Loop - Ashville Bridge Creek, Hells Creek, North Bay
Back Bay
Thursday Kayak Trip - Ashville Bridge Creek
First Visit, First Eagle - Mackay Island NWR
Kayak Early - Ashville Bridge Creek
Horn Point and Hibiscus - North Bay
400 Miles Down - West Neck Creek
Around the marsh - Back Bay - Pocahontas Marsh
Lots Of Lotus - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay
Otters on Back Bay - Back Bay - Redhead Bay - Ragged Islands
Short Day - Back Bay - North Bay - Porpoise Point - Bridge Cove
Kelly Don't look - Back Bay - North Bay - Porpoise Point
Swimming Snakes - North Bay - Back Bay - North Bay Marsh
Ernesto Urban Kayaking - The Street - The Yard - The Sidewalk
After Ernesto - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay - Muddy Creek
Loops are Cool - North Landing River - Milldam Creek
Trip with Kay on Labor Day - Ashville Bridge Creek
Running The Border - Smiths Creek - Northwest River
First Visit - Southern Branch Elizabeth River
First Day of Fall - Smiths Creek - Northwest River
Another loop and 500 miles - Mackay Island NWR
Around the Bay - Tull Bay
Quickie - Ashville Bridge Creek
Indian Creek - Northwest River - Tull Bay
Paddle to Elizabeth City - Pasquotank River
North Landing River
loopy - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay - Hells Creek
Eagle Eye - North Landing River - Altons Creek
GPS Test - Ashville Bridge Creek
One of those days
Another one of those days - Ashville Bridge Creek
Third Times the Charm - North Landing River - Blackwater Creek
Back Bay
Puppy Trip
I Had To - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay
Dry Ice - West Neck Creek - Ashville Bridge Creek
Picking Up Bailey
Down But Not Out - North Landing River
Beggars Bridge Creek - Shipps Bay
Held Up - Altons Creek - North Landing River
Marginally Marginal
Not As I Planned - Back Bay
Busy Day - Ashville Bridge Creek - Back Bay
Milestone - Back Bay - Long Island
New Stuff - Ashville Bridge Creek
Snake Season - North Bay - Sandbridge Marsh
Cinco De Derby - Horn Point - Shipps Bay
Geocache Traffic - Oakum Creek
Just A Quickie - Ashville Bridge Creek
WRO Demo Day - First Landing State Park
Bridge Boredom - Albermarle and Chesapeake Canal
Pocaty With Kay - Pocaty River
Overdue - Smiths Creek - Northwest River
First Launch Here - Milldam Creek
100th Trip - Dismal Swamp Canal - Lake Drummond
Cape Charles to Kiptopeke - Chesapeake Bay
Indecision - Horn Point - North Bay - Sandbridge Marsh
Independence Day - Back Bay
New Boat - Ashville Bridge Creek
Jamestown Loop - Powhatan Creek - James River - Passmore Creek
Jellyfishing - Bennetts Creek (First Visit)
First Trip - Nottoway River
First Trip - Stormy Weather - Blackwater River
Kayaking with friends - Oakum Creek
Lotus Lotus Everywhere - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay
Just A Short One - Back Bay - North Bay
Labor Day - Blackwater River
Just an Update
Back On The Water - Ashville Bridge Creek
Back At It - North Landing River
Short days and no water - Back Bay
No Excuses - Ashville Bridge Creek
First time - Nawney Creek
Truck Kayak Rack For Sale
A Capella - Ashville Bridge Creek
Easter Shakedown - North Landing River
Rainy Day On Back Bay - North Bay - Back Bay
Weekday Shorty - Horn Point - Back Bay
Camera Klutz - North Bay - Shipps Bay - Back Bay
Family Day on Back Bay - North Bay - Back Bay
Uncommitted Commitment - Beggars Bridge Creek - Shipps Bay - North Bay - Back Bay
Route Change - North Bay - Shipps Bay - Back Bay - Ashville Bridge Creek
Enough With The Windy Weekends - Sand Bay
Break Away From Back Bay - North Landing River - Milldam Creek
First Kentucky Derby Run - North Bay - Marsh
Babe Ruth Hits #714 - Horn Point - Back Bay - Ashville Bridge Creek - Hells Creek
US Independence Proposed - North Bay - Back Bay
Flag Day - Knott's Island Bay - Swan Island
G.I. Bill Signed - Ashville Bridge Creek
Milton Berles 100th Birthday - Smiths Creek
Allied Forces Conquer Sicily 1943 - Ragged Islands Back Bay
Star-Spangled Banner written 1814 - Ashville Bridge Creek
Monty Python's Flying Circus Debuts 1969 - Back Bay - Big Bend
X-Ray Discovered 1895 - Pleasure House Creek - Lynnhaven Bay
Black Friday - Airfield Pond
A trip With Nick on Back Bay
Valentines Day - Willoughby Bay
Telephone Patented - Ashville Bridge Creek
Pocahontas Marries John Rolfe 1614 - Back Bay Mill Creek
Paddlin Miles For Smiles - Dismal Swamp Canal
Edward R Murrow Born 1908 - Oakum Creek
George Washington takes office 1789 - Merchants Millpond
Bonnie and Clyde shot 1934 - Blackwater River
Brooklyn Bridge Open 1883 - Merchants Millpond
Alaska Pipeline completed 1977 - Ashville Bridge Creek - Muddy Creek
1654 Louis XIV crowned king of France - North Bay, Mill Creek
1979 SkyLab de-orbited - Back Bay - Shipps Bay - Peters Cove
Elvis Dies - West Neck Creek
Henry Hudson discovers the Hudson River 1609 - Back Bay
U.S. Invades Grenada 1983 - Ashville Bridge Creek
Phonograph Invented 1877 - Smiths Creek Northwest River
Happy Boxing Day
First Phonebook Published 1878 - North Landing River
Altons Creek - North Landing River - Barge Graveyard - 1933 Monopoly Invented
Airfield Pond - 1727 Sir Isaac Newton Dies
Windsor Castle Park - Muddy Waters Born 1915
Pocaty River - Joan of Arc Burned at the stake 1431
Back Bay - Kayleighs Birthday
Northwest River - On the Road by Jack Kerouac published 1957
Smiths Creek - First Transcontinental Telegraph 1861 - Chargers Disappoint
Ashville Bridge - North Carolina Ratifies the U.S. Constitution
West Neck Creek - Uncle Sam Makes Debut 1852
Ashville Bridge Creek, Horn Point - Last Shuttle Docks with ISS

Launch Sites

45th Street Boat Ramp-Marina
Airfield Pond
Alligator River NWR
Aylett Public Boat Ramp
Back Bay NWR Visitor Center
Back Creek Park
Baileys Beach Launch
Baum Road Small Boat Launch
Bennetts Creek Park
Black Water Creek Trading Post
Blackwater Landing Franklin VA
Bobs Fishing Hole
Brumley Road Knotts Island
Buckroe Beach and Park
Cape Charles Beach
Captains Quarters Nature Center Park
Carolanne Farm Park
Cary's Bridge
Coinjock Public Boat Launch
Columbia North Carolina
Dandy Point Boat launch
Deep Bottom Park
Deep Creek Locks Park
Dismal Swamp Canal
Dismal Swamp State Park
Dozier Bridge, Virginia Beach Virginia
Drum Point - Mill Landing
East Lake Ferry
Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge
Elizabeth River Boat Landing and Park
First Landing Broad Bay Boat Launch
General Vaughan Bridge
Gloucester Point Beach and Boat Launch
Gosnolds Hope Park
Great Bridge Lock Park
Harborton Landing
Haven Creek Boat Ramp
Hoopes Landing Denbigh Park
Horn Point
Huntington Park Launch
Hutton Circle Boat Launch
Indian Creek Road Small Boat Launch
Joyners Bridge Road Boat Launch
Kiptopeke State Park
Lafayette City Park Boat Ramp
Lake Smith Fishing Station
Lake Whitehurst Fishing Station
Lawnes Creek Boat Launch
Lesner Bridge Boat Launch
Lestor Manor Boat Launch
Little Creek Reservoir
Little Island Kayak Canoe Launch
Little Page Bridge Public Boat Slide
Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach
Lovitts Landing
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Maryus Road
Meherrin Park
Melrose Landing
Merchants Mill Pond State Park
Messick Road Boat Launch
Mill Creek Landing Middlesex
Mill Landing
Milldam Creek
Munden Point City Park
Murfreesboro Boating Access
Newquarter Park
Nice Bridge Park
North Landing Road
Old Pungo Ferry Road Small Boat Launch
Owl Creek Boat Launch
Oyster Harbor Boat Ramp
Parrotts Creek Mill Stone Launch
Peters Bridge Boat ramp
Peterson Yacht Basin
Pocaty River Boat Launch
Portsmouth City Park
Powhatan Creek Park And Blueway
Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area
Route 671 VDGIF Launch
Shipyard Road, North Carolina
Shoups Landing Boat Launch
Simonson Landing
Rodgers A Smith Landing
South Quay Road
Sunset Creek Boat Ramp
Totuskey Creek
Tull Bay Marina
Tunis Boat Ramp
Wachapreague Town Marina
Waterfence Landing
West Neck Creek Marina
West Point Boat Launch
West Point Beach Park
Wilcox Landing
Willis Wharf Harbor
Willoughby Boat Ramp
Windsor Castle Park
Wormley Creek Landing
Yorktown Beach

Pictures


View from the parking area to the launch area.
Milldam creek bridge
View of the launch at Milldam creek, some of the rocks are loose
Kay and Dylan take the lead
Spanish moss covered trees on Milldam Creek
More Spanish Moss covered trees on Milldam creek
A section of the Nature Conservancy boardwalk at Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek Boardwalk
View of Milldam creek from under the boardwalk bridge
Blue Iris on Milldam Creek
Group of Blue Iris on Milldam Creek
Blue Iris on Milldam Creek
Blue Iris on Milldam Creek
Looking at the bridge over Milldam Creek
A view up the feeder ditch, from the Dismal Swamp Canal to Lake Drummond. The dam is a long way up there
Lotus blooming
Brian heading up the feeder ditch to lake Drummond, you can barely see the dam in the middle of the picture
Flowers along the feeder ditch
The Army Corps of Engineers campground, and all the gates at the dam are closed
The gates are closed at the dam or gaging station at Lake Drummond
A view of the facility at Lake Drummond
The Marine Railway to move boats to the lake level
This is the back channel to get around the dam
Another view of the Lake Drummond Campground
Entering Lake Drummond, with all the old trees removed
Looking to the North on lake Drummond
Looking across Lake Drummond to the West
Brian on Lake Drummond
Looking South on Lake Drummond
Birds on a log on Lake Drummond
Turtle sunning on a stump on Lake Drummond
First of the Dragonfly Conga
Heres another better shot of the Dragonfly conga
Dragonfly Conga Line, the flash helps a lot
The dragonfly conga line, different angle better flash
The Dismal Swamp Canal Launch ramp
View of the Dismal swamp canal remp
Kayak ready to go on Cape Charles Beach
Cape Charles Breakwater
Cape Charles Beach, and the Chesapeake Bay Gateway boardwalk
Looking at the Cape Charles beach, from the Chesapeake Bay
Looking at the Cape Charles beach, from the Chesapeake Bay
Historic Cape Charles, Virginia
Cape Charles
A fishing weir on the Chesapeake Bay
Fishing weir and Pelicans
Pelicans waiting for lunch on a fish weir on the Chesapeake Bay
More Pelicans on the weir
Bay Creek
Looking South along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay
Flying Boat or is it floating plane, I forget what is the current PC definition...
World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park
World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park
World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park, with grass growing on the roof
A few bags of concrete and... World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park
Lots of pigeons as well as other birds, top center is an Osprey on a nest...
Derrick rigging on a World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park
In the center is an S, I could see no other signs that it is a name, just an S imprinted in the concrete. The gray concrete to the right still has the grain of the wood from the form
The stern of the World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park
A World War II era concrete ship, that forms the breakwater and Kiptopeke State Park
Bow to bow
Sandbar at Horn Point, that has moved up the channel from my last visit, before it would have spanned the entire image.
Horn Point Sandbar
Sandbridge Marsh channel
Sandbridge Marsh
Red Winged Blackbird
Redwinged Blackbird, singing
Dragonfly nymph casing post emergence
Sandbridge Marsh
Sandbridge Marsh
Sandbridge Marsh
Looking West on the North Bay section of Back Bay, Virginia Beach VA
Looking South from the North end of Back Bay, Virginia Beach Virginia
Bennetts Creek Launch
Bennetts Creek Launch
Boardwalk and Fishing pier at Bennetts Creek Launch
Fishing pier a Bennetts Creek Launch
Beach at Bennetts Creek Launch
Beach at Bennetts Creek Launch
Better view of the beach at Bennetts Creek Launch
Nick paddling up Bennetts Creek
Lotus spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus blooming in the lotus jungle
Surrounded by Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus in full Bloom
Lotus beginning to bloom
Egret congregating
Top blown off of Cypress tree by lightning
Lots of bugs that look like little grasshoppers all over the leaves. I could not get closer because they would all fly off.
Same picture as before, but it was overcast, so I used the flash
Looking south to Back Bay, with some wind driven swells
Back Bay with wind chop
I have had a few inquiries about the Horn Point kayak and canoe launch. Primarily where the sand bar is. This is from the parking lot, and the launch is just to the right of the tree.
The sandbar is between the living tree and the dead tree, right where the green kayak is. there is a path over to the right, along the bay. I like the posts and rope to keep the eco-tour guys and their trailers off the grass.
Looking South from the Joyners Bridge launch
Looking North from Joyners Bridge launch
Heading up the Blackwater River
More of the Blackwater River
This was near the end of the line for us, as we searched for a way around the log jam
A little spot of color in an otherwise bland setting
A plant of some type trying to establish a foot hold... Sorry for the washed out image, I forgot my sunshade..
A little better view of what appears to be a rose, trying to establish itself at the end of a branch
A lilly in bloom....
Signs of beavers working on a tree...
A little better vier of the beaver marks on a tree
Bald Eagle(s) soaring over the Blackwater river... I know at least one was a Bald Eagle
This was pretty much the end of the line for the downstream portion, what looks like a big rock in the middle of the stream is a large log...
Berries over head...
Joyners Bridge launch from down stream
Lotus spanning the creek
Different angle, and better lighting of the density of the lotus
Lotus Pond
Gage at the bridge at lotus pond
In the middle of the lotus, this is the clear spot in the middle
Whats left of a lotus seed head.
The lotus are dying out for the winter.
One of the last Swamp Hibiscus for the season
A better angle of the Swamp Hibiscus
One of the little daisy like flowers that are all over in the fall
Another of the little daisys
A bunch of the little daisy like flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
The leaning tree, still hanging in there, it has been at least a year that it has been like this, I wonder how much longer it will last
One of those views on Ashville Bridge Creek that keeps me coming back
Can barely see the bridge from this vantage point, this is the same place I usually take a reference picture from
USGS stream level monitoring station sans Satellite link and solar array.
Pungo Ferry Road Bridge
Old dock at Old Pungo Ferry Road
River gage
Pungo Ferry Road Bridge
Kayak at the water
Some fall Color on the North Landing River
North Landing river
Reeds along the shore of the North Landing River
A submerged barge in North Landing River
More of the sunken barge on North Landing River
Some hardware from one of the barges in the graveyard sticking out of the water
Barges rotting away in the barge graveyard onn North Landing River
Some clouds, I guess I need to work on the filter, looked much better in person
More clouds
More barge hardware
The kayak launch at Little Island Park, not real promising, to much grass not enough water.
Looking out to Back Bay from the Little Island Kayak Launch. When you can see that sand bar out there, it is not a good sign.
That is a lot of grass, usually that is pretty clear
There evidence of a lot of non human traffic here
Seabirds in Back Bay Virginia, and to give an idea of the gradual slope of the bottom, they are all standing, not floating.
More tracks in the sand along the shore of Back Bay Virginia
A view of Back Bay
Pretty much the same shot as before, slightly different angle, and a lot more zoom
I always take this picture, I guess to give some perspective on how low the water is, and far the walk is. You can get an idea of how low by looking at the brown line in the weeds on the left
The KAYAK and canoe launch at False Cape State Park. Trying to figure out why everything is labeled as a canoe launch, when I think I have only seen 2 may 3 canoes versus 100+ kayaks on Back Bay
Better view of the launch, nice sandy bottom...
Same launch, different angle
False Cape launch from the fishing pier, look closely at the gage, that is about 7 inches of water.
A ramp built in to the fishing pier at False Cape, the Ramp is locked, but I guess it is for NWR and DGIF use.
Not sure what the purpose of the jetty here is, maybe fish propagation.
Boardwalk in the reeds at False Cape State Park
Boardwalk transitions into trail.
Small pond along the trail
Looking at the fishing pier from the overlook.
Ducks on Back Bat Virginia
A view of Long Island from the end of the boardwalk trail at False Cape State Park
Juat an interesting tree
Relation of the Kayak Launch from the visitor center.
On the way home, I stopped by Lotus Pond, for some classic low water pictures
The sand bar has gotten a lot less sandy, and a lot more muckier.
Looking down Ashville Bridge Creek with low water
Seeing the short post is a bad thing, floating over the short post is a good thing
Ashville Bridge Creek on the other side of the road.
Dismal Swamp Canal Feeder Ditch, looking West towards lake Drummond
Approach to Lake Drummond, above the gauging station.
Lake Drummond approach
I am the only person on the lake, there is minimal wind, and the water is like glass
Looking across Lake Drummond, to the western shoreline about 2 miles away, with slight haze obscuring the shore
Looking North across Lake Drummond, to the Northeastern shoreline about a mile away, with slight haze obscuring the shore.
Heavily wooded Eastern shoreline of Lake Drummond
Heavily wooded Eastern shoreline of Lake Drummond
A large cypress on the Eastern shore of Lake Drummond
Root structure of a Cypress Tree on Lake Drummond
Root structure of a Cypress Tree on Lake Drummond, with a collection of various mosses
Lone cypress tree on lake Drummond
A view of the feeder ditch from Lake Drummond, the only indication is the yellow and black sign, hard to see at a distance, and even harder to see when the trees are green.
Oakum Creek at Munden Point Park during a low water condition
Oakum Creek during a low water condition
Looking up Oakum creek, water is about a foot lower then normal
Small animal tracks in the mud of the banks of Oakum Creek, Virginia beach
Boat ramp, and parking area at the Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries VDGIF
New kayak, maiden voyage
New kayak, maiden voyage
West Neck Creek
West Neck Creek
West Neck Creek
West Neck Creek
West Neck Creek
Osprey
North Landing River
North Landing River
North Landing River
North Landing River
North Landing River
Barge Graveyard on North Landing River
North Landing River
Barge Graveyard on North Landing River
Back Bay
Back Bay
Back Bay
Ragged Island, Back Bay
Ragged Island, Back Bay
Ragged Islands, Back Bay
Ragged Island, Back Bay
Ragged Island, Back Bay
Ragged Island, Back Bay
Ragged Islands, Back Bay
Ragged Islands, Back Bay
Back Bay
Rock Island Haul, Back Bay
Rock Island Haul, Back Bay
Rock Island Haul, Back Bay
Duck Blind, Back Bay
Drum Point, VDGIF Boat ramp
Drum Point, VDGIF Boat ramp
The stuff you never know is there, until the water is real low. This is the remains of an old boat at Old Pungo Ferry Road.
Black Jack Skelington, a hatchling turtle rescued from the middle of North Landing River, riding on the forward hatch
The Cows Of Currituck
The Cows Of Currituck
The Cows Of Currituck
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Small crabs on the banks of lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Extension of Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee, looking North towards the Virginia Marine Science Center
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
SNowy Egret on the banks of Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Shells on the baks Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee looking towards the Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Blue Heron on the banks of Lake Rudee
Blue Heron on the banks of Lake Rudee
Lake Rudee
Lotus leaves on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Leaves on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Leaves on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Leaves on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Leaves on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus seed pod, Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus seed pod, Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Asheville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Flowers along Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers along Ashville Bridge Creek
Flower along Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers along Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers along Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers along Ashville Bridge Creek
Smiths Creek
Fall foliage Smiths Creek
Fall foliage Smiths Creek
Northwest River
Northwest River
Fall colors on the Northwest river
Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers on the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Flowers along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Fall along the Northwest river Chesapeake
Some fall color along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Some fall color along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Some fall color along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Fall along the Northwest River Chesapeake
Cypress trees along the Northwest River Chesapeake Virginia
Cypress trees along the Northwest River Chesapeake Virginia
Looking down the Northwest River
Looking down the Northwest River
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake Virginia
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake Virginia
Northwest River Park, Chesapeake Virginia
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake Virginia
North Landing River, Virginia Beach
Extension of North Landing River, Virginia Beach
Pond off of North Landing River
Pond off of North Landing River
Trees along Pond off of North Landing River
Trees changing color along Pond off of North Landing River
Trees changing color along Pond off of North Landing River
Trees changing color along Pond off of North Landing River
Trees changing color along Pond off of North Landing River
Dranage Ditch off of North Landing River
Dranage Ditch off of North Landing River
Cypress trees on North Landing River
Cypress trees on North Landing River
Grasses along North Landing River
Beggers Bridge Creek
Entering Back Bay from Beggars Bridge Creek
Entering Back Bay from Beggars Bridge Creek
Reeds along Back Bay
Reeds along Back Bay
Plant gone to seed
Close up of spent flowers
Close up of spent flowers
Close up of spent flowers
Close up of spent flowers
Hearty flowers
Hearty flowers
Hearty flowers
Hearty flowers
Last of the flowering Green plants
Last of the flowering Green plants
Ice on Back Bay Virginia
Ice on Back Bay Virginia
Island in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Boat ramp at Lovitts Landing
Crossing Back Bay to Pocohontas Marsh
North end of Pocohontas Marsh, in Back Bay Virginia
Weatern side of North end of Pocohontas Marsh, in Back Bay Virginia
Grasses on the South end of Pocohontas Marsh, in Back Bay Virginia
Out Building on Back Bay
Looking South to Mackey Island NWR
Pocohontas Marsh
Pocohontas Marsh
Pocohontas Marsh
Close up of Grasses along Pocohontas Marsh
Grasses along Pocohontas Marsh
Reeds at Pocohontas Marsh
False Cape Landing from Back Bay
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Virginia
Back Bay
Back Bay NWR
Sun through the clouds near Long Island Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay, Bad weather approaching
Back Bay, Bad weather
Long Island in Bay Bay NWR
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Little Island Kayak Launch
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Grasses along Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Last of the lotus seed pods, on Ashville Bridge Creek
Last of the lotus seed pods, on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Reeds blown down by wind on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Various plants growing on cypress stump on Ashville Bridge Creek
Various plants growing on cypress stump on Ashville Bridge Creek
Various plants growing on cypress stump on Ashville Bridge Creek
Wintering cypress tress on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Reeds along Ashville Bridge Creek
Reeds along Ashville Bridge Creek
Entrance to Ashville Bridge Creek, from Back Bay
Low water at Baum Road kayak launch
Low water at Baum Road kayak launch
Low water at Indian Creek kayak launch
Low water at Indian Creek kayak launch
Low water at Indian Creek kayak launch
Low water at Indian Creek, normal water level is visible on tree trunks
Low water at Milldam creek
Low water at Milldam creek
Low water at Milldam creek
Low water at Milldam creek
View from Milldam Creek Boardwalk
Low water at Milldam creek
View from Milldam Creek Boardwalk
View from Milldam Creek Boardwalk
View from Milldam Creek Boardwalk
Milldam Creek Boardwalk entrance
Low water at Lotus Pond, Ashville Bridge Creek
Low water at Lotus Pond, Ashville Bridge Creek. Lots of alge on the mud due to fairly warm winter.
Low water at Lotus Pond, Ashville Bridge Creek. Lots of alge on the mud due to fairly warm winter.
Blue Herron on Lotus Pond
Low water at Lotus Pond, Ashville Bridge Creek. Lots of alge on the mud due to fairly warm winter.
Looking down Ashville Bridge Creek from Sandbridge road, Creek water level is low due to strong north winds
Water level high and dry at Lotus Pond
Blue Herron on Lotus Pond
Blue Herron on Lotus Pond
North side of Ashville Bridge Creek, heading for Hells Point creek
North side of Ashville Bridge Creek, heading for Hells Point creek
Looking South on Hells Point Creek, heading to Back Bay
Heading South on Hells Point Creek, Back Bay is in the distance
Heading South on Hells Point Creek, Back Bay is in the distance
Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia
Bird on Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia
Bird on Duck blind on Back Bay Virginia
Approaching new Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge facility at Horn Point
Horn Point launch from the water
Horn Point launch from the water
Construction Equipment at Back Bay NWR
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Channel behind Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Hunt club remnants at Horn Point
Marsh reeds at the entrance to Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia beach
Ashville Bridge Creek in the Winter
Ashville Bridge Creek in the Winter
Lotus Pond
left over Lotus seed pod from last summer
Lotus stems, left over from last summer
Lotus Pond, kayak launch from the water
Lotus Pond, kayak launch from the water
Ducks on Lotus Pond. The snow in the background illustrates how low the water wes.
Snow on the banks of Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus remnants from last summer, this was as far as I could make it today due to the low water
A Heron fishing on Ashville Bridge Creek in the lotus remnants from last summer.
A Heron fishing on Ashville Bridge Creek in the lotus remnants from last summer.
This was as far as I could make it, the water was not deep enough to float the kayak. There is a sand bar where the lotus stems are sticking up ahead.
Snow on the banks of Ashville Bridge Creek
The view from the Kayak launch at Little Island Park, with an average water level
LIttle Island kayak park Kayak launch
Looking out to Back Bay leaving the Little Island Kayak Launch
Little Island Kayak Canoe Launch
Looking East to the Little Island Kayak/Canoe launch facility. I tookk the same picture 2 weeks ago standing on dry land, the winds out of the North had lowered the level of Back Bay by close to 18 inches.
Osprey nest near Gall Bush Point in Back Bay. I am hoping the pair that were occupying this nest last spring return. They were there for a while last spring, building and tending to the nest.
Osprey nest near Gall Bush Point in Back Bay.
Close up of Osprey nest near Gall Bush Point in Back Bay.
Turtle Sunning on Long Island in Back Bay, Virginia
A turtle sunning doing the "Super Turtle" near the south end of Long Island, in Back Bay Virginia
Kayak ready to go at the Baum Road kayak launch
A turtle sunning amongst the algae on smiths creek
Turtle sunning on smiths creek
Wild Iris gorwing on the banks of Smithe creew
Small flowers on Smiths Creek
Small flowers on Smiths Creek
Small red flowers on Smiths Creek
Trees ready to bud on Smiths Creek
Smiths Creek
Wild Iris Sprouting on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake Virginia
Turtles Sunning on Smiths Creek
Turtle sunning
Looking out to Northwest River, Chesapeake Virginia
Northwest River, Chesapeake Virginia
Northwest River, Chesapeake Virginia
Natural preserve sign pretty much prohibiting all the fun activities, but the vehicles statement seems really out of place given the location of the sign, which can be viewed in image0039
Preserve no vehicles sign in context, that would be in the middle of a marsh
The end of the line, may be able to make it with higher water levels, to the right is an obstruction just under the water
Wild Iris Sprouting
And even more Iris sprouting, I thinks the banks ae going to be full of blooms this year
Whats left of somethings dinner...
Not sure on this one
Kayaking North bound on the Northwest river, about a mile South of Smiths creek
Drum Point ramp
Drum Point ramp
Back bay water saturated with pollen
Back bay water saturated with pollen
Back bay water saturated with pollen
Okay its a real bad picture, of an Osprey
Eastern side of Ragged Islands Back Bay
Canadian Goose, on Back Bay Virginia
A Really great picture of a Canada Goose on Ragged Islands, in Back Bay Virginia
More Geese on Raggad Islands
Remnants of old house or hunt club, on Ragged Islands in Back Bay, Virginia
Remnants of fireplace and chimney from old house or hunt club, on Ragged Islands, Back Bay Virginia
Remnants of fireplace and chimney on Ragged Islands, Back Bay Virginia
Remnants of fireplace and chimney on Ragged Islands, Back Bay Virginia
Fireplace and chimney remnants, Ragged Islands Back Bay
Homer Laughlin Bowl circa 1906-1916, found in Back Bay virginia
Back Bay,
Ragged Islands Back Bay
Ragged Islands Back Bay
Lotus beginning to emerge from the water Ashville Bridge Creek
Pancake sized lotus leaf
Lotus beginning to emerge from the water of Ashville Bridge Creek
Turtles sunning on ashville bridge creek
Turtles sunning on Ashville bridge creek
Cypress trees on Ashville Bridge Creek, I like these trees, and probably take to many pictures of them
Small boat in the reeds on Ashville Bridge Creek
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background
Spent seed pods with nasty clouds in the background
Small Flowers emerging from Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Turtle sunning
Small yellow flowers
Small yellow flowers
Net floats along the shore of Back Bay
Back Bay NWR, dock and derrick remanants
Back Bay NWR, dock and derrick remanants
Small channel behind new Back Bay NWR facility at Horn Point
Remnants of old hunt club docks on North Back Bay Virginia
Remnants of old hunt club docks on North Back Bay Virginia
Remnants of old hunt club docks on North Back Bay Virginia
Not a really good picture, I guess it would be better it there weren't so many people blocking the creek
Crowd of kayakers on ashville bridge creek
Goose on a post
Lotus Pond kayak Launch
Trash found on Ashville Bridge Creek while kayaking, Virginia Beach
Kay Kayaking on Ashville Bridge Creek
Various small plants on stump in Ashville Bridge Creek Virginia Beach
New growh of marsh grasses along Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
New cypress growth, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Sunlight through cypress tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Sunlight through cypress tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Sunlight through cypress tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Kay kayaking on Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Various small plants on trunk of cypress tree, Ashville Bridge Creek Virginia Beach
Various small plants on trunk of cypress tree, Ashville Bridge Creek Virginia Beach
Red Winged Black Bird, in cypress tree on Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia
Red Winged Black Bird, in cypress tree
CH-47 Chinook Helicopter over Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
CH-47 Chinook Helicopter over Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
CH-47 Chinook Helicopter over Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
CH-47 Chinook Helicopter over Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach. Note the dragonfly below and to the left.
Small water snake (1.5-2 inch diameter) sunning on fallen tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Small water snake sunning on fallen tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach. This snake was about 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter
Large water snake sunning in tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Large water snake sunning in tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Large water snake sunning in tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach. Closer inspection reveals that this snake, may be preparing to shed.
Large water snake sunning in tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Large water snake sunning in tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Small water snake sunning on fallen tree, Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach
Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach water level refrence
This is refrence shot of the water level on Ashville Bridge Creek
Water depth gauge showing he water level on Ashville Bridge Creek, Virginia Beach.
Todays trash collected from Ashville bridge creek, Vriginia beach. The bucket was also collected form the creek
Little Island Kayak Launch, really low water, you can see the how far out the water is by looking at the sand in the background
Little Island Kayak Launch, really low water
Looking back to the kayak launch from the water edge.
the exposed shoreline at the Little Island Kayak launch
Birds in Back Bay
Remnants of wooden structure on Back Bay
Western shorline of Long Island, Back bay
Exposed shoreline of Long Island Back Bay Virginia
Long Island in Bay Bay Virginia
Long Island in Bay Bay Virginia
Channel through Long Island, Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay Virginia
The water was so low, so I had to pull the kaak through the shallows, So I took an opportunity to take a couple of pictures of my kayak
The water was so low, so I had to pull the kaak through the shallows, So I took an opportunity to take a couple of pictures of my kayak
The water was so low, so I had to pull the kaak through the shallows, So I took an opportunity to take a couple of pictures of my kayak
The water was so low, so I had to pull the kaak through the shallows, So I took an opportunity to take a couple of pictures of my kayak
As close as I could get the kayak to the shore at the Little Island Kayak launch
As close as I could get the kayak to the shore at the Little Island Kayak launch. The small ree in the middle of the picture is where I took the first picture from
Looking out to North Landing River from Oakum Creek
Looking out to North Landing River from Oakum Creek
Looking out to North Landing River from Oakum Creek
Birds nesting on a daymark, North Landing River
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Lone Cypress on Milldam Creek
Looking up Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek, I think I out did myself with this picture
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Patch of wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris's on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek, that appears to have just bloomed
Wild Iris and butterfly on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris and butterfly on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris and butterfly on Milldam Creek
Wild Iris on Milldam Creek
Millldam Creek Near the Nature Conservancy Boardwalk
Millldam Creek Near the Nature Conservancy Boardwalk
Millldam Creek Near the Nature Conservancy Boardwalk
Millldam Creek Near the Nature Conservancy Boardwalk
Millldam Creek Near the Nature Conservancy Boardwalk
Turtle sunning on Milldam Creek
Turtle sunning with attitude on Milldam Creek
Turtles sunning on Milldam Creek
Turtle sunning on Milldam Creek
Turtle sunning on Milldam Creek
Looking west up Milldam Creek
Spanish Moss Covering trees on Milldam Creek
Spanish Moss Covering trees on Milldam Creek
Spanish Moss Covering trees on Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Buzzard sunning on Milldam Creek... I watched this bird for a while in this postion, making sure is had the bset angle to the sun...
Buzzard sunning on Milldam Creek
Buzzard sunning on Milldam Creek, just before it took off
Spanish Moss Covering trees on Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Milldam Creek
Approaching the kayak launch at Munden poin
Approaching the kayak launch at Munden poin
Kay Linda and Nick on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Kay Linda and Nick on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Linda and Nick on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake. Of course Nick has to be different and paddle backwards
Linda and Nick on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake. Of course Nick has to be different and paddle backwards
turtle sunning on a log on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Kay on the phone to her boyfriend
A goose and turtle sunning on a lo on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
A goose and turtle sunning on a lo on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
A goose and turtle sunning on a lo on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
turtles sunning on a log on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Wild Iris on on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Kay Linda and Nick, snacking on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Grasses Along Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
Flowers on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Looking out to Back Bay from Ashville Bridge Creek
Channel behind new Back Bay NWR Facility
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Water Snake sunning on a log
Muddy Creek
Muddy Creek
Lotus Pond Park Launch
Launch site at Horn point VDGIF ramp at high water, water has come over the road
Launch site at Horn point VDGIF ramp at high water, water has come over the road.
Wind blown tree on Back Bay
Nice back yard
Reeds along Back Bay
Cloud
Red Winged Black Bird
Red Winged Blackbird
Clouds developing over Back Bay
Clouds developing over Back Bay
Clouds getting ugly over Back Bay, the picture does not look as bad as it was
Clouds getting ugly over Back Bay, the picture does not look as bad as it was
Pocaty River launch Site on Blackwater Road
Pocaty River launch Site on Blackwater Road
And that would be the Chesapeake side of the Pocaty River launch Site on Blackwater Road
Looking East Down the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Turtle sunning on the Pocaty River
turtle sunning on a log on Pocaty River
turtle sunning on a log on Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Wild Iris on the Pocaty River
Wild Iris on the Pocaty River
Butterfly and Wild Iris on the Pocaty River
Butterfly and Wild Iris on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Osprey Nest on the North Landing River, There is a chick in the nest that ducked everytime I raised the camera
Osprey Nest on the North Landing River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Primrose on the Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Pocaty River
Pocaty River launch Site on Blackwater Road, Virginia Beach Side
Pocaty River launch Site on Blackwater Road
Pocaty River launch Site on Blackwater Road, Chesapeake side
Lovitts Landing, boat launch
Lovitts Landing, boat launch
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR
Butterfly in Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR
Hedge Bindweed, blooming
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR
Back Bay NWR
Cattails in Back Bay NWR
Back Bay NWR
White Blue-eyed Grass, the very small flowers don't come through real good in the picture
As far as I can tell this is White Blue-eyed Grass, has the smallest white flowers
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR
Cattail in Back Bay NWR
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR
Pretty sure these are Broadleaf Arrowhead.
Pretty sure these are Broadleaf Arrowhead.
Hedge Bindweed in Back Bay NWR
Great Egret fishing, in the shallows in Back Bay NWR
Great Egret fishing
Blue Herron arrives to join in the fun
Not happy with the arrival of the Blue Herron, the Great Egret departs
Back Bay NWR
Back Bay NWR
Back Bay NWR
Back Bay NWR
Back Bay NWR
Birds nest in Back Bay NWR
Birds nest in Back Bay NWR
Birds nest in Back Bay NWR, there are a couple of eggs in there.
Western shoreline of Long Island in Back Bay NWR
Redwinged blackbird, in Back Bay NWR
Watersnake Hunting or sunning
Watersnake hunting or sunning
Watersnake hunting or sunning
Watersnake hunting or sunning
Watersnake hunting or sunning
Watersnake on the Sanbridge Road bridge over Ashville Bridge Creek
Watersnake on the bridge, not sure about the underside of its head/neck, appears to be a bulge, I think it maybe an infection, or tumor
While watching the larger snake, these 2 watersnakes kept poking their heads out from under the railing above.
Blue Heron on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Wild Rose on Ashville Bridge Creek
Wild Rose on Ashville Bridge Creek
Wild Rose on Ashville Bridge Creek
Wild Rose on Ashville Bridge Creek
Bridge over Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose on Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose on Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose on Hells Point Creek
Wild Roses on Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose on Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose blooming on Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose on Hells Point Creek
Wild Rose on Hells Point Creek
Osprey on North Bay
Lotus spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ragged islands
My GPS, because I needed to sync the time
Ragged Islands, Back Bay
False Cape State park
dead trees Ragged Islands, Back Bay
Ragged Islands, Back Bay
Chimney of old house or hunt club on Ragged Islands, Back Bay Virginia
Ragged Islands, Back Bay
Blue heron taking off, I was just getting ready to take a picture of this heron, when it took off, and turned as fast and as much as I could, and got this just before it left the frame
Lotus spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach
Lotus bud on Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Wild Rose on Ashville Bridge Creek
Wild rose buds Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Dike gate at Mackay Island NWR, launch ramp is to the right just beyond the post
Launch ramp at the Mackay Island NWR
Main canal from launch ramp at Mackay Island
Swamp Hibiscus
Swamp Hibiscus
Mackay Island NWR
Mackay Island NWR
Eagle Soaring
Eagle Soaring
Eagle Soaring
Eagle Soaring
Eagle Soaring
Eagle
Its hard to see in this picture, but 4 eagles are aproaching from the North
Better picture of the 4 aproaching eagles
A pair of eagles
Eagles circling above
Eagles circling above
Eagles circling above
All 5 of the eagles together
Eagles circling above
Eagles circling above
Eagle circling above
Eagle circling above
The 4 Eagles are heading back to the North
Eagles leaving
The original Eagle heading off to the South
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Mackay Island NWR
Some type of tower in the middle of the Mackay Island NWR
Great Egret taking off
Swamp Hibiscus
Mackay Island NWR
A flock of Ducks (Young Mallards)
A flock of Ducks (Young Mallards)
A flock of Ducks (Young Mallards) taking off
Mackay Island NWR
Wreckage in the refuge
Closer shot of the wreckage
Other side of the wreckage
Closer shot of the wreckage from the other side
Plover on the banks at Mackay Island NWR
Looking up the channel to the launch ramp
Swamp hibiscus in full bloom
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
A calm morning on Ashville Bridge Creek
Swamp hibiscus almost done for the season
Green Treefrog
Green Treefrog badly focused
Green Treefrog in the reeds
Green Treefrog, okay the fourth time's the charm
leaning cypress
Large Swamp Hibiscus Bloom
Dragonfly on Ashville Bridge Creek
Blue Heron in tree
Cottonmouth in the reeds
Katie the dog at Horn Point
Forster's Terns on pilings
Forster's Tern on piling
Forster's Terns on pilings
Plain-bellied Water Snake swimming
Plain-bellied Water Snake Swimming
Western side of Back Bay looking South from North Bay
Group of swamp hibiscus
Swamp Hibiscus in full bloom
group of swamp hibiscus in full bloom
Swamp Hibiscus in full bloom
Swamp Hibiscus in full bloom
Swamp Hibiscus in full bloom
Dragonfly
Back Bay Virginia
Banks of Back Bay full of blooming hibiscus
A large birds nest, could be an Osprey
Collapsed boathouse
Dragonfly, I really like this picture, especially in full resolution.
Other side of the collapsed boathouse
Pink swamp hibiscus
Pink swamp hibiscus
Two trees in the marsh on the Western side of Back Bay
Seashore Mallow, I don't recall ever seeing these before out here.
Seashore Mallow, better then the first picture
Smaller Seashore Mallow
Larger Seashore Mallow
Seashore Mallow
Clouds over Back Bay Virginia
Didn't work out as planned, wanted to show the dark and bright skys
Dark clouds over Back Bay Virginia
Back Bay with Dark Clouds
Water level at Horn Point, this is a good level
The crowd at the Back Bay NWR Kayak and Canoe facility,
Horn Point Road, if the road looks like this, then the gravel ramp at the facilty is perfect.
Horn Point Road looking towards Back Bay. The roads here are low, and do flood regularly
Launch facility at Dozier Bridge
Looking North on West Neck Creek
Looking South down West Neck Creek
Northbound On West Neck Creek
Overturned Submerged Canoe on West Neck Creek
Overturned 14 foot canoe on West Neck Creek
The split on West Neck Creek, turn to the left is London Bridge Creek and the Lynnhaven River. You can see the current pushing through pretty fast here
End of the line, I did not want to fight this only to have to ddo it again on the way back
Grape vine over the creek.
Grapes on the vine, almost ripe.
The merge on West Neck Creek looking South
Big spider on the bank, this spider was one of the bigger ones, the body was close to 2 inches long
Small creek off of West Neck creek
Overturned boat number two for the day
End of the line again,
South side of West Neck creek
Swamp Hibicus blooming, all the blooms on this were just starting to open
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same plant diferent blossom
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same plant, yet another blossom. In the stage the colors are a lot more intense
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same plant, same flower, diferent angle
Swamp Hibicus blooming, same same same, but I like this one
West Neck Creek
Impatent turtle not ready for its close-up
Baby turtle sunning, this was a little one, only aabout an inch and a half long.
Okay this is the funky duck goose swan turkey thing, I couldnt get a clear shot because of the shade and other stuff
Another clearer shot of the funky duck goose swan turkey thing
Broadleaf Arrowhead on Pocahontas Marsh, lots of it in bloom
Dragonfly
Flowers on Pocahontas Marsh
Flowers on Pocahontas Marsh
Dragonfly, Pocahontas Marsh
Pocahontas Marsh, Back Bay
Pocahontas Marsh, Back Bay
Egret fishing in Lotus Pond
Lotus in full bloom
Lotus in full bloom
Shy lotus
Lotus beginning to bloom
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus beginning to bloom
Egret hunting in the lotus plants
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek
Egret hunting in the lotus plants
Egret about to take off
Egret on the other side of the creek after a short flight
Looking North at the lotus growth on Ashville Bridge Creek
Clouds over Ashville Bridge Creek
More Lotus on Ashvile Bridge Creek
Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond
Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond
Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond
Water level gauge at the Sandbridge Road bridge over Ashville Bridge Creek. This is about as low as you want to paddle in, any lower and it is a lot of work.
Launch area at Lotus Pond Park.
Reference shot, this is the launch area at Lotus Pond Park, any lower then this, and you may want to go to Horn Point or Little Island
Ramp at Horn Point water a little to low to clear sand bar
Horn Point Ramp, if the water is this low you may want to consider launching from the beach at the end of Horn Point Road
The channel behind the Horn Point Facility
This is the sandbar at the end of the channel
Clear of the sandbar and heading out to North Bay
Porpoise Point
Broadleaf Arrowhead at Porpoise Point
Broadleaf Arrowhead on porpoise point close up
Broadleaf Arrowhead
Small Flowers on Porpoise Point
Small Flowers on Porpoise Point
Small Flowers on Porpoise Point
Porpoise Point On the left, Bridge Cove on the right
Group of kayakers
Group of kayakers
Beach ramp at Horn Point
Just a scenic shot
Strong winds blowing the reeds
Seashore Mallow at Porpoise Point
Seashore mallow close up
Something along the lines of Queen Annes Lace
More of the Queen Annes Lace (maybe)
South end of the marsh, Not enough water to cross
Area of the marsh that burned a while back, looks fine now
Lucky me I found a Beach Ball... This is also an area that burned in the spring of 2005
A shot of the marsh area that burned in the past, the reeds in the center are about 8 - 10 feet tall
Sandbar at the channel behind the Back Bay NWR Canoe Kayak Launch, look at yesterdays picture and this was above water.
Cottonmouth on the bank of the channel behind the Back Bay NWR Canoe Kayak Launch facility
A little better picture of the Cottonmouth, I like the way the pattern almost lines up.
The best picture of the Cottonmouth, you can get an idea the triangular head indicative of Pit Vipers.
I was trying to get a better picture of the head, but the blowing leaves made it impossible, and I was NOT going to reach out and move them
Just a reference shot of the ramp at the Back Bay NWR Facility, this level is high enough to clear the sand bar, barely.
Looking across the channel, for water level reference, any lower and you wont clear the sandbar.
Blue Heron
Blue Heron on Post
Blue Heron and Ducks
Turtle sunning doing the "Super Turtle"
Remnants of an old irrigation dyke
North Bay Marsh
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming
Eastern Ribbon Snake Swimming, Near the Shore
Baby Snake swimming
Baby Snake, about 10 inches swimming
Baby Snake swimming, Not sure but I think it is a gater snake
Baby Snake swimming, this gives you a sense of scale,
Baby Snake swimming, almost to the shore
Trees in the North Bay Marsh
Seashore Mallow
Large Garden Spider, at the Horn Point Launch
Garden Spider at Horn Point
Close up of Garden Spider at Horn Point Launch
My yard and street, flooded
More flooded street
Alexis kayak surfing
Alexis kayak surfing, and showing off
Youve heard of shooting the pier, were shooting the driveway
To shallow to go any further
Taa Daaa Hamming it up.
Alexis and Hannah make off with the kayak.
Me urban kayaking
Parking the kayak in the driveway, I wish I could end all my trips here.
Street still flooded
Pumping out the kayak
Water in the parking lot at Lotus Pond Park, carside launching
About half the parking lot flooded at Lotus Pond Park
Looking South down Ashville Bridge Creek, water above the banks
Looking to Sandbridge Road, water very high
The Lotus almost completly covered.
Lotus leaves barely able to break the surface on Ashville Bridge Creek
This picture is looking North up Ashville Bridge Creek, prior to the storm, this area was covered in Lotus plants
Birds nest at eye level, that is normally over my head
Just a picture of Ashville Bridge Creek
The leaning cypress tree, is still hanging in there, leaning a little more though.
Flooded duck blind
Looking South down Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Flipped over shed at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility
Flipped over shed at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility
Flipped over shed at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility, the blue objects are a pump that was yanked out of the ground.
Flooding at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility
High water mark
Flooding at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility
Ramp completly under water
Horn Point road flooded
Flooding at the Back Bay NWR kayak facility
Reeds blown down by the wind and wave action of Tropical Storm Ernesto
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, I usually only see this while driving.
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, looking towards Back Bay
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, near the road end ramp
Kayaking on Horn Point Road, at the road end ramp.
Reeds blown down by tropical storm Ernesto
Muddy Creek
Muddy Creek road bridge
Turtle sunning
Turtle sunning
All the lotus are gone from this area of Ashville Bridge Creek, it is normally covered
Water level gage at Lotus Pond park
Approach to Munden Point Kayak launch
The kayak dock at Munden Point Park under water
Standing on the dock looking back
Flooded dock, under about 6 inches of water
March view
Red Milkweed in bloom
Red Milkweed
Spent Red Milkweed
Red Milkweed
Pickerelweed
Pickerelweed
Pickerelweed
I cant pin this one down, because everything I find that looks like this grows in dry sandy areas
Fragrant Water-lily
Fragrant Water-lily
Marsh
Marsh off of North Landing River
Marsh on the Western side of North Landing river and Milldam Creek
Cypress trees in marsh
Looking East to the North Landing River
Strange Tree
Parking lot at Lotus Pond Park, Mostly dry.
Lotus Visable again
Lotus spanning Ashville Bridge Creek after being flooded
Lotus Seed pod barely breaking the surface
Southern path of Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Example of water level drop, water was above the wite pipe 2 days ago
Ashville Bridge Creek
Kay Northbound on Ashville Bridge Creek
Most of the Lotus are back above water, many of the seed heads are just at the surface
The bridge at Lotus Pond
Water level gage showing a 1 foot drop in 2 days.
Baum Road launch site
Smiths Creek
Turtle sunning on a log, on Smiths Creek
Looking South on Smiths Creek
Fighters grouping up over Smiths Creek, for the Oceania Airshow
A dozen Navy fighters over Smiths Creek as they prepare for the NAS Oceania Airshow
Looking South down the Northwest River from Smiths Creek
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, at the Northwest River
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, marsh and NC on the right
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, transitioning into wooded marsh
The creek on the Virginia North Carolina border, crossing into NC
A leaning Cypress tree
Scenic Shot
Mixed marsh
End of the line.
Trees line the creek, and you can see the junk floating on the water.
Creek trees
Creek trees
Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek, near the Baum Road launch
Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek, near the Baum Road launch
Close up of the Hornets Nest on Smiths Creek, near the Baum Road launch
Looking North on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River
Southern Branch Of the Elizabeth River, shoreline
The locks at Great Bridge
Egret hunting on the Southern Branch Of the Elizabeth River
Drawbidge (Steel Bridge) opening, and as silly as it sounds, it is the first time I have seen a drawbridge opening...
The drawbridge is almost open
Okay the drawbridge is all the open, sorry no pictures of it closing, but it did seem to bounce a lot as it closed
Derelect ships on the Elizabeth River
Close up of derelect ship on the Elizabeth River
Bridge over the Elizabeth River
Whats left of a ship on an ox bow near the locks
The bow of a ship or barge left to rot on the river
Thr ramp at Great Bridge Locks Park
The ramp at Great Bridge Locks Park
Baum Road Small Boat Launch, the gate on the right
This is the parking lot entrance for the Baum Road Launch.
Some flowers growing along the side of the road.
These flowers were along the road, and it appears that they have a light on in the middle
Smiths Creek, the trees are just about ready to change, I think a couple of cool nights will set them off
Northwest River West of the highway 168
Northwest River
Behind the gas station at 168 and Battlefield
More of the Northwest river
Northwest River
Looking East on the Northwest River
Highway 168 and an old railroad bridge over the Northwest River
Railroad bridge over the Northwest River
The railroad bridge was built in 1909
Bobs Bait and Tackle, going to check out adding this as a launchsite
Bobs looks like it has some potential as a launch, concrete or grass... I hate concrete launches...
The channel heading North at first glance does not look promising. Actually 2+ feet deep.
Cool looking purple flowers, surrounded by yellow flowers
Ducks flying away, they did this about 4 times, before circling around
Continuing on the channel, most of the aquatic vegetation is gone.
Remnants of an old wooden dam, there is a submerged section on the left also.
End of the line for the side trip I took, pond is to shallow to paddle.
Another channel picture, approaching the spilt
Early geese in the reserve
Approaching the first in a series of ponds.
This would be entering the last pond before the channel, this was the point where I realized that I should have taken picture of each decision point long the way, but I guess I was too busy deciding.
Looking North towards the Causeway bridge.
Looking South on the main channel
Hello Cottonmouth, bad picture I was turned as far as I could turn.
Cottonmouth heading back to the bank
Cottonmouth back on the bank of the channel
Not happy with the first spot the Cottonmouth heads to another spot
Looking South to the other section of the refuge
Looking out to the North Landing River
A shot of the taller grasses in the marsh
Swamp Hibiscus, the only one I saw today, I guess this one was late to the party.
Another shot of the swamp hibiscus
Some flowers in Mackay Island NWR
Bright yellow flowers, against the blue sky
Looking South to the impoundment ponds and pump
Cottonmouth on the water, pretty sure this one is hunting
Another shot of the Cottonmouth, better look at the head.
A refrence picture of the water level, any lower and you wont be able to make the loop
Looking out to the marsh at the ramp at Mackay Island NWR
Channel leaving Tull Bay Marina to Tull Bay
Looking East at Tull Bay
White Bushy Aster Symphyotrichum dumosum (Aster dumosus) on Tull Bay
Close up of Aster
Marsh in Tull Bay
Grasses in Tull Bay
One of the last Dragon Flies of the season hitching a ride
Wind starting to build on Tull Bay, looking North to Virginia
Channel from Tull Bay to Tull Bay Marina
Tull Bay Marina
Tull Bay Marina Ramp
Land view of the Ramp at Tull Bay Marina
Overview of Tull Bay Marina
White Bushy Aster Symphyotrichum dumosum (Aster dumosus)
More Asters
Asters
Asters
The Cypress is still hanging in there, I doubt it will make it through the winter...
AShville Bridge Creek
Still trying to nail this one down
Asters asters
Indian Creek
Northwest River Looking South
Northwest River, and clouds
Trees lining the Northwest River
Brian on the Northwest river
Northwest River
Large Cypress on Northwest River
Looking North to Virginia on the Northwest River
Northwest River
Northwest River
The creek to Nellie Bell Pond
End of the road, creek is to shallow to paddle
Reeds along the Northwest River
Cypress and reeds along the Northwest River
USGS Stream flow monitoring station
Shipyard Road launch site.
Looking South on the Pasquotank River
Pasquotank River
Goat Island in the Pasquotank River
Fall color on the Pasquotank River
Interesting looking Cypress tree on the Pasquotank River
Pasquotank River
Spanish Moss Pasquotank River
Railroad bridge crossing the Pasquotank River
Creek to the NC Wildlife boat ramp
Open railroad span on the Pasquotank River
Some of the mechanical gear of the railroad bridge crossing the Pasquotank River.
Pasquotank River
Another interesting looking Cypress tree
Overview of the dock at Causeway Park near Elizabeth City North Carolina
Close up of the dock at Causway Park in Elizabeth City NC
The boardwalk at Causeway Park on the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City NC
Elizabeth City North Carolina
Elizabeth City NC
The Camden Causeway Drawbridge
Sailboats and the museum of the Albermarle
The approach to Dog Corner park in Elizabeth City NC.
The KAYAKVB Support team.
Water level reference
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
The cypress still hanging in there
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
Bridge over Hells Point Creek
Hells Point Creek
This is the turn from Hells Point Creek to get back to Lotus Pond launch, if you are doing the loop
The golf cart bridge, if you go under this, you missed the turn
Ashville Bridge Creek
Gauge at Lotus Pond Park
Old Pungo Ferry launch site, with a new USGS stream level gage.
Marshes along the North Landing River
Marsh transition to forest
Marsh transition to forest
North branch of Altons Creek
Pretty much the end of the line for the North fork of Altons creek
Looking west for the end of the North fork of Altons Creek
All I can say is it looked better in person, auto focus does it again
Bald Eagle on North Landing River, at a distance
Bald Eagle in a tree on North Landing River
Bald Eagle in a tree on North Landing River
Bald Eagle in a tree on North Landing River
Bald Eagle in a tree on North Landing River
Bald Eagle in a tree on North Landing River
Bald Eagle in a tree on North Landing River
This a about the best picture I got of the Bald Eagle. I was just about right under it
Just as the Eagle took off.
Where the Eagle enfded up after the power boat went by
Cypress tree off of the North Landing River
Reeds off of the North Landing River, and also for checking old camera with new camera
Center is the ditch I was looking for
small fish freaking out...
A good reference of the ditch, 3 tenths of a mile long, and about 3 yards wide
South end of the ditch at Blackwater Creek
Blackwater Creek aproaching North Landing River
Blue Heron in the reeds
Another comparison with the new camera. Thats the Pungo Ferry Bridge in the background
Interesting Cypress roots
North Landing River
Bird with new Camera
Nicholas in his new kayak.
Getting underway
Paddle works
Turning like a pro
Initial sea trial successful
Turtle on the log
Turtle on the log

Nick approaching turtle
Nick approaching the turtle
Hawk overhead
Hawk overhead
Hawk overhead
The Tree is still hanging in there
Nick tying down the kayaks
Katie at the Horn Point Launch
Initial view of the nest
Better view of the submerged nest and eggs
Close up of submerged eggs
Paddle near eggs for size reference
Across the bay about a hundred yards, the white spot in the middle is the nest
A little better picture of the flooded nest and eggs, as wide open as it is, I am surprised that the eggs are intact
Cottonmouth at the entrance to Hells Creek, this was before it noticed me.
I was passing the snake, and it was not sure if it wanted to continue or turn back
The snake has had enough, and heads back to shore
Cottonmouth making for the shore
Approaching Horn Point
Channel to the ramp, you can see the sandbar ahead, just under the water
And theres Katie waiting at the ramp
Horn point sand bar exposed
Looking North from Horn Point
Horn Point Ramp, to low to launch from the ramp
Better view of the ramp
Still working the auto focus issues
Okay that is a bit better, you can actually tell that this is a blackbird, actually it is a redwinged blackbird
Shipps Bay, Virginia Beach
Nice to see how well those condos blend into the surroundings... Maybe in Miami the would..
Old boathouse
These next pictures are an exercise in futility. Trying to use auto focus on a bird that blends in... There is a bird in the middle of the picture
That is a little better
This auto focus just cant figure it out
Just a scenic shot
I have figured out that shooting water with the auto focus is futile
Ahh a nutria, I think this is the first one I have seen in a year
Nick on the kayak launch dock at Munden Point
Nick hamming it up in the dock
Looking up Oakum Creek
Redwinged Blackbird
Redwinged Blackbird
Nick on Oakum Creek
Nick on Oakum Creek
Oakum creek
Oakum creek cypress trees
Turtle sunning on Oakum Creek
Turtle sunning
Another Turtle on a log
Two painted turtles on a log
Turtle on a log
Nick navigating some logs on Oakum Creek, and in the background, you see some of the geocachers in search of a cache.
Painted turtle sunning on a log on Oakum Creek
Ok Look close, thats a snake in the middle
And theres the rest of the snake
Oakum Creek
Buzzard over Oakum Creek
Two buzzards over Oakum Creek
Oakum Creek
Flowers (Blackberry) along Oakum Creek
Egret flying over Oakum Creek
Ok cloudy day new camera, trying to take a picture of an Egret over Oakum Creek
Egret over Oakum Creek
Turtle on Oakum Creek
Nick and small turtle on Oakum Creek
Tree line on Oakum Creek
Oakum Creek
North landing launch
Thats about it... To the right Virginia Beach, to the left Chesapeake
Zoomed in excitment
Trees
Centerville Turnpike Bridge
Boat waiting at bridge
Centerville Turnpike Bridge
Centerville Turnpike Bridge
And even more excitement
Big Cypress
So much excitement, I almost missed this picture of a Heron
Blue Herron
Blue Herron
Like I was saying, this is the South side
And the much nicer looking North side.
Hurry up and wait, the boat on the left was a ****, in a rush to wait.
North landing Bridge
Approach to the ramp
Pocaty Launch
Tree on the left is holding up the tree on the right
Better view of the trees holding each other up
View down the Pocaty
Primrose
Iris
Osprey with a fish dinner
Egret hunting
Iris
Wild Iris on the Pocaty River... I think I am getting this Camera to work..
Yellow Primrose on the Pocaty River
More Iris on the Pocaty
Iris
Baum Road Launch
Baum Road Launch
Hornets nest falling apart
Hornets nest
Turtle
Wild Iris
Iris on Smiths Creek
Iris on Smiths Creek
Iris on Smiths Creek
Iris on Smiths Creek
Iris on Smiths Creek
Iris on Smiths Creek
Heron in flight, not the clearest
Yellow Primrose
A group of yellow primrose
Closeup of yellow primrose on Smiths Creek
Yellow Primrose
Iris on Smiths Creek
Iris on Smiths Creek
Looking South down Ashville Bridge Creek
West Neck Creek at Dozier Bridge, I am standing about 4 feet from the dock on frozen mud.
Looking down from the end of the dock at Dozier Bridge, the mud is frozen nice and solid.
Close up of the gage at Dozier Bridge, if the gage were clean you could see that the level would be in the negative...
A view under Dozier Bridge, big patch of ice and very little water
The Egret is standing pretty much in the middle of the creek, normal levels would be about up to the neck
An overview of Lotus Pond, pretty low and pretty icy
I think the gage pretty much tells the story here.
Looking towards the launch area at Lotus Pond Park
Looking down Ashville Bridge Creek, rule of thumb for me is if I can see a significant amount of the short post, it is too shallow
Another picture of the ice on Lotus Pond
Lovitts Landing, not much more then a mud hole, and the ramp is high and dry
The channel along the road at lovitts landing
Lovitts landing without water
Drum Point boat launch, does not look to bad from here
The bricks in the foreground are normally well under water
Just to give you an idea of how low the water level was, there is only about 6 to 8 inches of my paddle under water.
The depth is about the same well past the exposed pilings, the bottom here is real flat, so I guess that the water is real shallow well past the pilings
Okay this is the hard way to learn the difference between Pungo Ferry Road and OLD Pungo Ferry Road. The skid marks start well behind where I was standing to take this picture
It looks like the deck took the brunt of the damage, this is after they went through 2 8x8 posts, a few more feet, and they would have been swimming
USGS water level gage showing 8.08 feet
Water level is doable
Eagle in the distance
Sand and Gravel Barge
Getting closer to the Eagle
Even closer to the Eagle
Bald Eagle in flight
Eagle in the distance
Eagles nest
Eagles nest on the North Landing River
Just a picture of the North Landing River
Cool looking clouds, the picture is not as cool as the real view, kind of looked like frosting
Clouds
One of the Eagles, seconds before it caught a fish and returned to the nest. I need to get a camera with better recovery time.
Beggars Bridge Creek with nice water levels
Ramp at Lovitts Landing water level is good
Channel along theh road at Lovitts Landing
Looking out onto Shipps Bay from Beggars Bridge Creek
Looking out onto Shipps Bay from Beggars Bridge Creek
Boogie Board On Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Clouds over Back Bay
Looking up Altons Creek
Nature Conservancy dock
The creek beyond the Nature Conservancy dock
Altons creek melding into marsh
Trees growing in creek
The moss was more interesting in person
Nature Conservancy dock on Altons Creek
The North end of Altons Creek
Bald Eagles over the Nature Conservancy North Landing Preserve
A pair of Bald Eagles over Altons Creek
More of the Bald Eagles
The back of a River Otter
River Otters
River Otters on North Landing River
River Otters on the banks of the North Landing River
River Otters heading for the bank
5 Great Egret on Lotus Pond
Three Geese on Back Bay
Not sure on this one, but I think it is a Loon on Back Bay
The Common Adventure Group emerging from Ashville Bridge Creek
View of the sandbar at Horn Point
Bald Eagle at a distance near Hells Creek
Solitary Bald Eagle near the mouth of Hells Creek
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Disorganized tour group on Ashville Bridge Creek
An unidentified animal skull on Ashville Bridge Creek
5 Buzzards over Ashville Bridge Creek
Approaching Lotus Pond Park
Level gage for refrence
Whats wrong with Back Bay, those ugly condos
The first wave of the tour armada...
The first wildflowers of the season..
A wide shot of wild flowers on Long Island in Back Bay
Deer tracks in the water of Back Bay
Wildflowers in the undergrowth on Long Island
The ugly condos and half the tour armada on Back bay
Osprey on nesting platform
Hawk over Back Bay
I am not really sure on this one, I have not seen a bird with markings like this before
Good water level on Ashville Bridge Creek
Water level gage at Ashville Bridge Creek
Kayak Launch at Ashville Bridge Creek
A lot of cypress knees on the creek
A tree growing out of the cypress knees
The leaning tree on Ashville Bridge Creek
Scenic view of Ashville Bridge Creek
Just trying to be artsy
More reflective art
Bright sun and no filter, I knew I forgot something
I just liked the look of this cypress tree
The sun shining through the reeds
All the reeds and grasses are brown along Ashville Bridge Creek
This little cypress is almost entirely covered with this moss/lichen
Another of the lichen covered tree
Close up of lichen covered branch
Branches covered in lichen-moss
Good close up of a branch covered in lichen-moss
Branch and trunk covered
seed pods
4 spent seed heads along Ashville Bridge Creek
Drum Point launch
Interesting how the mud piled up along the reeds
More mud sculpture
View of Back Bay
Looking up Nawney Creek
Heron along Nawney Creek
Can you guess what this picture is...
More of Nawney Creek
One of the side branches of Nawney Creek
Nice picture of my GPS
Nawney Creek
Nawney Creek Cypress
End of the road on one of the side channels
Remnants of an old wooden boat
Nanneys Creek Road Bridge
This is a pretty cool tree, kind of looks like the bow of a ship
More of the cool tree...
Yakima Outdoorsman 300 Rack
Yakima Outdoorsman 300 Rack
The leaning tree, is still leaning, and looking at the bottom of the picture you may notice something different...
A little better view
Here is the entire bow.
Just a view of Ashville Bridge Creek
Looking North up Ashville Bridge Creek
My new boat on the beach at Old Pungo Ferry Road
Another view of the Capella... I do need to fix the image scale routines here, this and the next are the same image..
Another view of the Capella... This image scaled in iPhoto, looks good but thumb looks bad
A picture of the sandbar, which has moved to the other side of the channel. It is shallow, around 6 inches.
A little wider photo.
Overview of the Horn Point facility
The sandbar at Horn Point fully exposed, due to low water conditions.
Low water at Horn Point, looking North
My kayak on the beach, where there is normally a foot of water
Looking out to Back Bay, from Horn Point remnants of the old hunt club visible
Amazing what a change a couple of days will bring, Thursday was high and dry.
A bit of a better view, of water completely covering the sandbar
A shot of Porpoise point on Back Bay Virginia
Black sand on a beach on Long Island in Back Bay Virgina
Lovitts Landing ramp, pretty primitive..
Lovitts Landing ramp
A little detail of the ramp
Egrets feeding in a burnt marh
Cottonmouth crossing the channel
Marsh on Back Bay
Red winged blackbird
Old duck blind in a march in Back Bay Virginia
Cottonmouth swimming on Back Bay
A little better view of the cottonmouth swimming in the marsh on Back Bay
Cottonmouth in the reeds.
Area of recent burn, recovering
The reeds in the marsh recovering after a recent burn, a week or so ago, there was nothing here.
Gar doing that Gar thing in the shallows
Can you find the snake in this picture, probably not, because of the web resolution, but it is right in the middle.
When I first saw this water snake, I thought it was dead, because it looked like it was a bit dehydrated, and I thought a bird may have dropped it, but a few seconds after I took this picture it went for a swim
Water, your guess is as good as mine, but this is what Back Bay water looks like
An area of the marsh that has not been quick on the recovery, but it is on the way back
Watersnake in the reeds at a distance, with green, they stick out a little better.
I was trying to find the head, but the wind was not cooperating
Better view of the watersnake, from a little different angle
The last several visits I have made here there would be very little water in this picture, a strong South wind kind of changes things
A view of the Little Island launch
This is a picture of Back Bay when I launched, it got worse then it looks in this picture. I was going to take a picture when I got back, but I got distracted.
My kayak in the grass at Munden Point Park, you can kind of see the debris that has been washed into the grass, due to the high water level
Just to give an idea of where the canoe dock is, the shed at the upper right
The first of the Blue Iris I saw today
More of the Blue Iris along the creek
I really like this one, it was leaning out over the water, almost hamming it up for the camera.
Close up of Iris on Milldam Creek, contrasting with the Iris just beginning to bloom.
Backlit Iris on Milldam Creek, in Virginia Beach Virginia
Milldam Creek Marsh
Several Iris on Milldam Creek
Blooming Iris on Milldam Creek, I was tempted to wait for this one to complete, but I have no idea how long it takes for an Iris to bloom...
Iris
Another 241 feet, and I'd be on Blackwater Creek
Yellow Primrose on the bank
Goose on Milldam Creek
Small cypress tree on the creek
Scenic view on Milldam Creek
That tree is still hanging in there
Osprey overhead
Beginning of the South end of the Lotus Patch
More Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
The Lotus continue
Looking at the launch at Lotus Pond Park.
Looking north to the Bridge, of Lotus Pond, which is now living up to the name Lotus Pond"
I took this picture backed up to the bridge, to give an idea of the extent of Lotus in Lotus Pond, the launch is to the left.
Heron feather in the reeds
A tree showing Fall colors in Spring
One of the tours on the creek
Full parking lot at HornPoint
Not so far mister, I was here a couple weeks ago, and could see over the grass, as well as paddle 10 or 20 yards further.
The grasses here have nearly doubled in height
I believe this is a Swamp Hibiscus growing, but I may be wrong.
While some of the burnt area has regrown, there are large areas that seem to have had their growth retarded
Water shot
Interesting the right West side of the channel is growing lush and while the left East side, has very little growth going on.
Same location as before, just zoomed a little more
And a left turn reveals more brown, but as soon as the shutter went off, something just to my right went running through the reeds. I did not see it, but it sounded big, I am guessing it may have been a deer, or a nutria.
Smokey day on the water, or so we thought.
Swan Island North Carolina approaching from the North
Looking at Swan Island, the smoke is going away
Looking towards Corova Beach, North Carolina, across a lot of millfoil
What I thought was a house, turned out to be the Swan Island C;ub
The main building of the Swan Island Club, in Currituck Sound North Carolina
Swan Island Club, main building
Swan Island Club
Picture of the majority of the Swan Island Club facility.
The rest of the building at the Swan Island Club, the are what appears to be dog kennels behind the boat shed
Dear crossing the channel ahead.
Deer crossing the channel and ready to head into the brush
Osprey overhead
Smokey no more. Compare to the first image
Ashville Bridge Creek
Ashville Bridge Creek
The crooked tree on Ashville Bridge Creek
Snowy Egret on Ashville Bridge Creek. I sat here getting blown by the wind, while the bird played cat and mouse.
Drifted up enough to get better angle.
Egret with a fish on Ashville Bridge Creek
Southern extent of the Lotus, not that thick here.
Lotus as far as the eye can see
More Lotus and More Lotus...
First Lotus for me this year...
This is a much better view of a Lotus
Another picture of a lotus
Lotus on Ashville Bridge Creek
Lotus blooming on Ashville Bridge Creek
Great wild rose that I passed along the way.
Some detail of a wild rose on Ashville Bridge Creek
Dragon Fly larval casing, I had the zoom lens on, and had problems wit the focus
Another view, was in the margin of shadow
Wild Rose Blooming on Ashville Bridge Creek
Another wild rose
Blue Heron on Ashville Bridge Creek, just barely had time to pull out the camera.
Blue Heron taking flight
Flowers in the undergrowth
turtle sunning on a log on Smiths Creek, Chesapeake
Dragonfly on a tree
Wild rose on Smiths Creek, the wild roses are pretty much gone for the season.
Baum Road launch from the water...
The launch at Horn Point.
The field after some minor flooding due to Tropical Storm Hanna
Bog like conditions in the field
The water levels were up today, and the sand bar is fully submerged
A view of Back Bay
Mosquitos attack, sorry about the upside down thing
That is 9 mosquitos, and its only 16 seconds since the first picture
Duck Blind on Back Bay
Green Tree Frog on a Decoy
Green Tree Frog on a Decoy
Pleasure House Creek
Pleasure House Creek
Bayville Golf Course
Bald Eagle in a tree, could not make it out at this distance
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle for sure
Hawk showing up not sure but I think it is a broad winged hawk
The second Bald Eagle landing in another tree
Bald Eagle
Hawk
Hawk approaching first eagle
Hawk landing where the second eagle landed
Second eagle leaving
Bald Eagle in flight
Bald Eagle in flight
Second Bald Eagle approaching the first Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle landing
Hawk all alone in the tree.
A pair of Bald Eagles
Pair o Bald Eagles
Red winged Blackbirds in flight
I like the reflections in this picture
American Oystercatchers on a new manmade sand bar
Looking West on Airfield Pond
Hardwood marsh on Airfield pond
Signs of beaver activity
Beaver activity
Impressive that with so much of the tree gone, it is still standing
Various plants making do on a stump
Hardwood Marsh at Airfield Pond
Tree line of the hardwood marsh at Airfield Pond
Airfield Pond Virginia
Berries on Airfield Pond
Airfield Pond shore line
Beaver lodge on Airfield Pond
Closer view of the over all lodge
Close up and an idea of the size of the beaver lodge.
Beaver Lodge on Airfield Pond
Bald Eagle in tree.
Bald Eagle in flight
Bald Eagle taking flight over Airfield Pond
Bald Eagle flying over Airfield Pond
Scenic Airfield Pond
Airfield Pond Launch
Kayaks ready to go
Back Bay Haze
Back Bay and Long Island through the haze
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor center
Nick heading back for a pit stop
Back Bay shoreline
Reeds on an island...
Looking South along Long Island
Tree on Long Island in Back Bay
A flock of American Coots on Back Bay
Back Bay NWR Observation platform
Feather on the water
Dunes in the distance
kayak and new sign
The new lotus sign at Lotus Pond
Ashville Bridge Creek in Black and White
Going Going Gone, tree has been falling for going on 3 years now
I guess this answers the question, does a tree falling alone in the creek, make any noise... No, but it takes a long long time
Great Blue Heron on the shore
Ashville Bridge Creek in color
Ashville Bridge Creek in Black and White, same location as the picture above
What the heck is that... A homemade party barge
Homemade Party Barge
Black and white view of Back Bay
Icky dirty water, just looked funky
Pilings on Back Bay
Back Bay shoreline
The homemade party barge moved a good distance
Cypress Tree
Buzzard flies overhead
New 18-270mm lens zoomed in
Same 18-270mm lens zoomed all the way out. The nest is right in the middle of the picture.
Blue heron watching me as I watch it
Blue Heron on the shore watching me.
Blue Heron from a bit of a different angle
Blue Herron
Osprey Nest with Osprey
Osprey on approach
Stick in sight
Osprey snagging stick
Osprey has the stick, now has to clear the tree
Osprey has the stick, even though you can see some falling from the tree.
Returning to the nest
Osprey in Tree
Topo Map
Watersnake watching us, watch it. I think it was also trying to act like a cottonmouth
A tail-end view of the watersnake, it is riding a little higher in the water now the when we first saw it and it was doing some tail flicking
Blue Heron on a small Cypress tree...
Blue Heron in flight
The tree still leans... Over three years now
Even though my camera was not set up properly, I like the way this turned out, as an Egret flies by
Wild rose
The lotus are a lot thinner this year then in the past couple years, I have no idea why
Sunning Turtle
Launch at Back Bay NWR visitor center
Belted Kingfisher on a Osprey nesting box...
Old dock on Long Island on Back Bay Virginia
An old abandoned birds nest on an old tree...
The water was thick with plant life

Clouds over Back Bay, reflecting on the surface
Marsh grasses on Back Bay
Marsh grasses gone to seed
Marsh Mallow
Pink Marsh Mallow on Long Island
One of the inlets I was able to get into
Back Bay
Abandoned Osprey nest at the South end of Long Island, Back Bay Virginia
South end of Long Island in Back Bay
Water a bit rougher then when I left
Pungo Ferry Road Bridge
Trees and Reeds
River otter checking the scene
River otter
Looks like whats left of a boiler
Weathering wood, from the remnants ofo a barge in the barge graveyard
That is one wicked nail
Nail in a plank
Wood from a barge as it wears away
Rotting barges in the barge graveyard
Derelict boats
The Shalauren has seen many better days
Large derelict boat... I paddled around this one a bit, just thinking what it was like 40 years ago, and the fun times that were had on board.
Portholes
Derelict boats
Geese in flight
Cormorants gathering
Osprey watching
Aerial view of trip on 9/9/06
Aerial view of trip on 9/16/06
Aerial view of trip on 9/23/06
9/30/2006 Aerial view
Aerial Map 10/14/2006
Aerial Map 10/21/2006
Aerial Map 11/04/2006
Aerial Map of 11-11-2006 trip
11-26-2006 Aerial
Aerial GPS Combo
20070128 Aerial Map
Aerial Map
20070303 Aerial Map
20070414 Aerial
Aerial 20070421
Aerial view
topo view of trip on 9/9/06
topo view of trip on 9/16/06
Topographic view of trip on 9/23/06
9/30/2006 Topo view
Topographic Map 10/14/2006
Topographic Map 10/21/2006
Topographic Map 11/04/2006
Topographic Map of 11-11-2006 trip
Topographic Map 11/04/2006
Topo Trip Map
Topo Map
20070303 Topo Map
20070414 Topo map
The trip
Todays trip
Topo Map of trip
After the initial turn, I kept the bow of the boat pointed at the launch, and this gives an idea of the how much the wind pushed me to the East/Right. Had it been calmer the line on the right would have been relatively straight.
Topo Map