Paint Creek Paddle

It was a perfect day, little wind and a blue sky punctuated with puffy white clouds. Our paddles entered the water almost two hours after leaving home in Columbus. We were ready to enjoy the day with a paddle up Paint Creek which would add up to about seven miles once we arrived back at our launch. Unlike the time of spring migration and spring wildflowers our expectation for seeing birds and wildflowers in the deep green embrace of mid-July were not great but the area we had decided to paddle, both enchanting and beautiful made up for it.

The below pictures are offered as encouragement for all that seek to pursue a similar quest.

As we paddle up Paint Creek rock formations descend right into the water.
On a mud flat we spot two Kildeer, (Donna).
. . . and not far away three Least sandpipers, (Donna).
Near the end of our paddle, we spot a large dragonfly eating an Eastern Amberwing (look closely). It turns out to be a rare Cyrano Darner the first one we’ve ever seen.
An American Snout likes my fishing pole. We don’t see them often so it’s always exciting, (Donna).
The stories the rocks could tell.
A Red-spotted Purple strikes a pose, (Donna).
This Great Blue Heron seems confused, thinking itself a swan, (Donna).
A more typical pose, (Donna).
An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lets us get close, (Donna).
Lazard’s Tail was in bloom everywhere.
As far up the river as we could go, lunch on a gravel bar seemed like a good idea. A number of casts in the river in this area failed to get a fish to cooperate.

We had gliding through the water to little more than the sound of the paddle, the calls of Northen Parula and Yellow Warblers, and a distant Wood Thrush. It had been a day well spent.

The route,

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