Kayaking in the Mangroves

The kayak Robert and I rode in.

Dad and Donald's kayak.Jonathan and Daniel's kayak.

Early Monday morning our family headed over to Commodore  Creek for a kayaking escapade. This was the first time in my life that I had ever experienced the thrill of kayaking.

This was better than any hiking trail.

Where could it be?

Oh! There!

We enjoyed being so close  to God’s fascinating creation. At one point, Robert and I were just a few yards under an Anhinga!

Getting a closer look.So close!

The race is on!

The winding trails through the mangrove trees, the fast-paced races, strategies of nautical combat, and a surprise attack all made for an exciting morning together.

A yellow-crowned night heron.We actually got to see it eating a fish whole!

An anhinga.

A tricolored heron.


An immature night heron.

An osprey.

A double-crested cormorant.


  1. Chad December 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Great shots!…hmmmm…do I see a Mountain Dew hat?…and on a younger brother?
    God bless you all!

  2. Crystal December 31, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Kayaking, what fun!! How wet did y’all get in the racing?

  3. Allen P. January 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I am glad you got to go kayaking, David! When you go to the Northwoods be sure to go out on the lake in the morning. It is so peaceful and calm to be out in the middle of lake alone in the kayak, watching the sunrise and meditating.

    I have never seen those kinds of birds before! I would love to go to Florida some day.

  4. Michael January 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Very well put David. It really was amazing being so close to the wildlife. James, you did a good job taking pictures of the event even though you were confined to a kayak. I enjoyed being your “paddler”.

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