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  • Night Paddling

    Posted by Jonathan on April 27th, 2013 (All posts by )

    Last weekend we set out from the marina at a local park, shortly before sunset. The weather was good with a 2/3 moon that provided plenty of light. A breeze kept the bugs down.

    We entered an upscale residential canal and stopped for a bite.
    Canal 1

    [More photos below the break.]

    Canal 2
    Canal 3
    Canal 4
    The canal is separated from the adjacent bay by several hundred yards of dense mangroves. Our plan was to create adventure by finding a path through these mangroves. Google Earth helped but it doesn’t show the smaller channels, so some trial and error was involved. This was the fun part.

    Into the mangroves.
    Mangroves 1
    Checking GPS.
    Mangroves 2
    Looking ahead at the end of a mangrove blind alley. Whoops.
    Mangroves 3
    Backing away from the cul de sac. This is where canoes, which are symmetrical, have an advantage over kayaks.
    Mangroves 4
    After a few minutes of backward motion we were able to reorient our kayaks in a small area where the channel became a bit wider. Happily the water was very shallow. (You can’t see it because of the flash but there was enough moonlight to get around easily without lights.)
    Mangroves 5
    Eventually we found our way to the bay and floated for quite a while before we returned to the marina at upper right. Our second floating picnic of the evening was very pleasant. A fun night overall.
    In the bay


    7 Responses to “Night Paddling”

    1. Jezzy Says:

      the first picture looks pure 1980s Miami Vice

    2. Ralf Goergens Says:


    3. Bill Brandt Says:

      I thought the same thing Jezzy. Then I am wondering if the inhabitants are permanently on something to live in purple light

    4. Bill Brandt Says:

      See any crashed planes in that mangrove from drug runners?

    5. Jonathan Says:

      No idea about the lights. Maybe the owner likes the color.

    6. Grurray Says:

      Either that or Hotel California

    7. PenGun Says:

      Very nice. That third one especially shows nice creamy bokeh, a sweet shot! The Pentax is working well for you.

      I’m not sorry I bought an X-E1 but these and Carl’s higher res shots reveal a very nice camera/lens system.

      I may have been looking at camera and lens tests a bit too much lately. ;)