Rainbow River – June 18, 2015

Today was a Plan B day.  This morning we all headed out for kayaking at Chassahowitzka, but after a late start and loading 4 kayaks on one trailer at 4 different locations it was 10:30 before we even left Gainesville.  So we stopped at Dunnellon (much closer) and did the lower portion of the Rainbow River instead.

We started at the Dunnellon Centennial Park boat ramp, paddled upstream about 4 miles then got chased by a thunderstorm the 4 miles back downstream.  Anyone for kayak sprints?!?

There were so many people tubing on the river that I didn’t get many wildlife shots.  It was a very hot day again, so we had a little water fight and took a couple of swims.

Great Egret at Dunnellon boat ramp

Great Egret at Dunnellon boat ramp

Cormorant nesting tree

Double-crested Cormorant nesting tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water gun fight on a hot summer day

Cooling off with a water gun fight on a hot summer day

Paddling up the Rainbow before the thunderstorm

Paddling up the Rainbow before the thunderstorm

 

 

 

 

 

 

A saturated Cormorant trying to dry off

A saturated Cormorant trying to dry off

Paper wasp (Polistes ...) nest on the underside of a Wood Duck box. Kinda cool - you can see many wasps papering over the cells with eggs, a few pupae in the cells starting to emerge from their caps, and a couple of wasps feeding the pupae.

Paper wasp (Polistes …) nest on the underside of a Wood Duck box. Kinda cool – you can see many wasps papering over the cells with eggs, a few pupae in the cells starting to emerge from their caps, and a couple of wasps feeding the pupae.