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I paddled the South Platte River twice this year in the upstream/downstream mode covering just a couple of miles above Kersey on January 21 and above Kuner on February 16.
The river is the same as before 2013 flooding, wide open, without any unusual obstacles. More …
January 21, 2014. Finally, I started my paddling season for the year 2014. I took the Sea Wind canoe to Kersey and paddled upstream to the confluence with the Poudre River and back. It was my first paddling on the South Platte after last year …
North Platte River is one of my favorite paddling destinations. Usually, I paddle various flatwater river sections in Wyoming, but, recently, I scouted access points to the upper North Platte River in Colorado above Northgate Canyon.
That river section in mentioned as “Upper Valley” in Paddling …
Dax, my Newfounland girl and amazing water dog, didn’t wake up from her afternoon nap yesterday.
She was named after Star Trek character just like our first Newfounland dog, Worf. I feel that a certain chapter in my life is closed. A lot of memories remain.
August 19, 2012. Dotsero, Colorado. Start of Annual Colorado River Race from Dotsero to Hanging Lake Parking Area in Glenwood Canyon. This race opened for all kayaks, canoes and stand up paddling boards run every year on the 3rs Sunday of August. More about this race in fitness paddling blog
I am using lightweight Zaveral paddles for my canoe paddling and racing. However, black carbon fiber is quite challenging to photograph and not really photogenic. So, over years I have gathered a small collection of wooden canoe paddles. Much more fun to photograph. Sometimes, they serve as spares, but mostly they are just photo props.
I am using single blade paddles with my Surfrigger (outrigger canoe), Kruger’s Sea Wind canoe and Spencer Xtreme (racing hybrid canoe for Texas Water Safari). I am also trying them on some of my kayaks, e.g., a recovery alternative paddling for my JKK Supernova kayak.
Here are some of paddle photos from my stock photography portfolio. These and other pictures are available for licensing as royalty free digital downloads starting with $2 or/and as prints. If you cannot find what you need in my stock portfolio I can shoot custom designs at affordable prices. Most of my pictures are also available in various stock agencies including Shutterstock, Dreamstime, BigStock, Graphic Leftovers, iStockPhoto.
Do you own an interesting kayak or canoe paddle? Handmade, perhaps? Would you like to get free pictures of your paddles? If you live or paddle nearby in northern Colorado, please let me know. Actually, old, scratched bitten paddles are great photography subjects too.
On Saturday morning (June 9, 2012) I managed to paddle 12 miles in JKK Supernova kayak. I started from the Sunrise Area south of the Soldier Dam and paddled to the South Bay. I was returning back with a strong and gusty wind and drove home just before the High Park fire plume was visible over Fort Collins. The fire started about 6 am when I was still paddling..
Pictures below were shot on Sunday evening from the Centennial Road under strong wind conditions Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II with24-105mm lens on a tripod.
Related posts on paddling the Horsetooth Reservoir:
Early Morning Paddling on the Horsetooth Reservoir
Springtime Paddling on the Horsetooth Reservoir
Paddling Horsetooth Reservoir in Winter Scenery
Thanksgiving Day Paddling on Horsetooth Reservoir
160 Lakes and Reservoirs of Colorado
After recent 4 days of paddling in Canyonlands I took a longer to return back to Colorado.
I spent one day exploring with camera rock art in Nine Mile Canyon in northeastern Utah. Then, I took tour on Flaming Gorge Dam and drove down the Green River through Browns Park to Colorado. The Green River is really very green and clear below the dam. I hope to return back to this section of the river with a kayak or, maybe, a packraft.
I added these three pictures to my stock photography portfolio together with a few others from our paddling down the Green River from the town of the same name to the confluence and up the Colorado River to Potash near Moab.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 – a very full paddling day on the North Platte River in Wyoming. It was a training run with Rob Bean before our incoming Canyonlands trip (down the Green River from town of Green River to the confluence and up the Colorado River to Moab).
I paddled Sea Wind canoe and Rob his Kruger boat (Sawyer Loon). The weather was sunny and beautiful, but with a strong head wind during most of the day. The head wind combined with a shallow and relatively slow river (below 1000 cfs below I-80) made our run longer and tougher than expected. We started at Treasure Island about 9am after early morning drive from Fort Collins and finish well after sunset at Fort Steele (I-80 boat ramp).
Spring was still very early along the North Platte – no green leaves, but a lot of wildlife: geese, ducks, bald eagles, herons, deer, otter, and later after sunset numerous beavers. The last memorable picture: the deer silhouette high above the river on a rocky edge against the fading sky.
Most difficult part of the trip: driving home after paddling.
57.6 miles, moving time: 10:00h, stopped time: 1:32h, overall average speed: 5 mph, max speed: 10.3 mph.
Spot live trace:
I was paddling with a Spot device and was recording a live trace. Please note that the trace is displayed on two pages for some reasons.