Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Before The Cloudburst
Some pics from a recent kayaking glide down the Swift River; crystal clear as always and splashingly cool in the humid afternoon.
Putting in at the Belchertown boat launch, I didn't go the whole way downstream into Bondsville as is usually the case, but rather stuck around the boat launch area, gliding a little bit upstream this time. Under the low overpass and towards the fly-fishermen area where the river crosses route 9.
The humid afternoon was threatening to give way to thunderstorms, so it was best to stay relatively close to the vehicle, should things get all lightening and hail-ey.
Luckily, there's no need to paddle for miles on this river to get a good dose of nature. There's plenty on the nearest bank and overhanging branch, if you look closely.
And look closely I did.
The dragongflies were all over the place. Sunning themselves between grabs for smaller bugs on the wing, or dive bombing the surface of the water for nymphs and such.
They seemed pretty preoccupied with their endeavours, and didn't seem to notice me too much as I got right up in their grille (as it were) with the camera.
Pretty relaxed in these fattest of days. It's summertime, and the livin's easy.
Higher up the food chain, some humans nearby were busy setting up a swing rope.
While man and beast glided by underneath in both directions.
A slight darkening of the sky, a few last minute bobs....
...and the first drops were being felt. Time to head back, and quick.