It looked like the rain showers were holding off for today so I headed on down to Jenner to kayak. John’s and Ray’s trucks were in the parking lot so I knew they were here so I tried to catch up with them. I knew they usually go down to the river’s mouth area first so I headed down that way. There was a little wind but not too bad.
I paddled down to here and was looking for the guys but couldn’t see them at first. Eventually I saw them off to the left of this picture so I headed that way. They hadn’t spotted me.
Ray and John are up ahead headed up the island’s back channel and I haven’t caught up to them yet.
Headed up river
I did catch them and we continued on up the island’s back channel headed up the river going by this egret fishing away.
Wind dies down
As we topped the upper end of Penny Island the little wind we had mostly died. Nice. That’s Ray in the yellow boat.
We heard and saw some big splashes in the water so watched to see if a harbor seal had a big fish. The guys are looking out front there at the splashing area.
It turned out to be a sea lion hunting, the thing that looks like a rock in this picture, best I could do as it spent most of the time under the water.
Eagles Landing spot
With the wind completely down it was a real nice day so we sat around this spot and shot the bull for quite some time.
How about a hike
Sitting around there in the water I said how about a hike. John was up for it but Ray was ready to head in so John and I started paddling up the river just a little further to the Indian Rock Trail head.
But first there was something sneaking by us on our right here.
About ten otters were feeding along the shore and trying to sneak by us. There’s two of them just on the other side of John.
These two guys were looking back for their buddies to catch up.
This guy wasn’t sure and it was being cagy and checking us out from the brush. Look hard. Click the picture for a better higher quality one.
The trial head wasn’t far so we put ashore and secured our boats as the tide was coming in and we started up the trail that starts out pretty steep.
Here’s John starting up the trail and being careful not to to slip as it’s a bit wet from the rains.
The trail goes through some nice lush stuff with a fair amount of poison oak mixed in. We don’t catch it.
And eventually breaks out into this brush and on up to the rock.
John’s almost to the top of the rock for a sit and a view.
We’re on the top of the Old Indian Ladies Face Rock looking on up the river.
Headed back down
After a good sit down on top of the rock we started on down going a different way through those trees.
Down through the ferns and trees.
We made it back to our boats and headed back to the boat ramp for the day.
There we loaded the boats and went on home.
By the time I got home it was almost dark. I checked the chickens and went on in for a nap.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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