wildlife

May 27, 2017

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After the hike we camped for the night, waiting for our morning ferry to Cape Lookout – the South Core Banks. Kodak seemed happy to back at the beach.

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We drove around looking for a secluded area to camp and found this fresh turtle track, she must have laid her eggs hours before.

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This site is perfect, can’t see a camper down either side!

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Clay fishes for bait.

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Sunset

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Kay wanted her picture with her fish – then it jumped (or whatever fish do)

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Light painting – two Tacomas with Flippacs.

 

May 14, 2017

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Mother’s Day – Breakfast in bed. (Uncle Wayne, do you recognize the pan?)

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Deb went back to bed to celebrate her day and I went for bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is me trying to rescue a snake.

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Then some work around the “mountain place” including yard work and finding thsi salamander.

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Then it was time to hike. #19 #52hikechallenge – Gragg Prong Falls. Sam and I started last year to hike to these falls, but it was getting woods dark and we didn’t have a place to camp yet so we turned around, really glad we went back, awesome place and great swimming hole when it warms up.

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The whole hike is beautiful!

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There are a couple of creek crossings, in the end we gave up trying to keep the boots dry!

April 9, 2017

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Today was another day in the woods. We started on a section of the Uwharrie River I have wanted to paddle for a while. It needs spring rains to be deep enough to paddle.

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After the thunderstorms in the middle of the week, it looked promising, featuring over 12 class I rapids (easiest) and good flow. I don’t have pictures, but we started almost immediately when Sam flipped her boat when she hit a strainer (tree)

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A great couple of hours on the water!

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Then hike #15 of #52hikechallenge – Birkhead Tract of the Uwharrie Game Land.

What is Clay photographing this week?

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An Eastern Fence Lizard.

April 1, 2017

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A day in Uwharrie Forest, starting at the Uwharrie Jamboree celebrating the opening of the OHV trails for the season. Then Clay and I drove around some of the back roads.

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Remember my series of Clay bending over playing photographer?

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This week it was a snake. Nerodia

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Then Hike #13 #52hikechallenge – Uwharrie Trail starting at the Jumping Off Rock trail head.

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The Jumping Off Rock

Jan. 1, 2017

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2017 started with a hike through the trails at Carolina Beach State Park. One of my resolutions this year is the #52hikechallenge – to average one hike a week during the year.

Hike #1 of the year, a big loop hitting almost every trail in the park, 2 hours and 40 minutes and ~6 miles. We had two goals:

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Sugarloaf Trail, leading to Sugarloaf sand dune, a 55 foot tall dune used on navigation charts since 1663 for river pilots on the Cape Fear River.

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Someone left a rope swing.

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and Flytrap Trail, searching for wild Venus Flytraps – thanks to the eagle eyed Clarks for finding a pair of them –

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just a cactus, but cool to see it with fruit in the “wild”

 

On the way back to the start, we saw a bunch of buzzards in the woods – there must be something there – so we investigated….

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a fresh coyote

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fox

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feet and ears

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We debated why so many remains in one spot. Choice 1 – Park employees dump road kill here. Choice 2 – Park employees kill problem animals and dump here (but if the fox was suspected of rabies, seems unlikely) Choice 3 – We have entered a VERY BAD place.

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Before heading home, we headed back to the beach and just watched the ocean. Welcome 2017!