Checking the weather today, it was going to be windy, so I decided to go on down to Monte Rio which usually has less wind than Jenner.
I put in around noon and headed on down the river.
I wasn’t going far today, just down to the Villa Grande Hole, just down the river about as far as you can see.
I spooked this great blue heron off it’s perch as I paddled on by.
A couple turtles
I saw a couple turtles on a log across the river. Interesting that they were that high up on the log, which is unusual for them to be up that high.
Villa Grande Hole
The Villa Grande hole is just up ahead which is my destination today where I sat for a spell.
There is an active osprey nest at the hole. It’s too soon for little ones to be seen yet.
I sat around the spot just observing and taking it easy. When I looked up once, I saw this cormorant up in a dead tree. The rear end was pointing in my direction, so I backed off a bit. When they get nervous, they poop a bunch, just before taking off and it’s not a good idea to be under them when they do.
Headed back up the river
Eventually I headed back up the river along it’s edge to stay out of the current, going along here.
There were several crows along the shoreline, sorta protecting the area from other birds, so maybe they have a nest close by?
Two kayakers came down the river, said hi and continued on down while I continued on up the river, just below Monte Rio.
I was checking out this pair of mallard ducks when I heard someone shout, hey Bob.
Patti shows up
I turned around and could see Patti paddling on up the river. She had been down the river below me somewhere and was just returning to the boat ramp.
We shot the bull a bit, then we hit the boat ramp and went on home for the day.
It was a nice day when I got home, but I mostly just moped around the yard as I’m still not sleeping well, so I just couldn’t get into doing much, except enjoying the day.
I did jack up my car and look at what I needed to do to replace my O2 sensor. I decided I needed some more tools for the job, so let the jack down and continued to do not much. :O)
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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