So funny thing about this set of photos. I have no idea where they were actually taken. I wasn't driving and I wasn't paying attention. The plan for this day was to paddle in Steamboat Springs somewhere, but we definitely drove about an hour longer after leaving Steamboat.
When we arrived, the water was still, even though it wasn't particularly early in the day.
This was the first time we really paddled much with Bivy. We've taken him out a couple times, both of which were extremely brief- he is not a huge fan of rafting...yet! With everything, Bivy is super shy to start, but he loves everything eventually. So after a month or two of regular short outings, he should be good! I think his life jacket might be the most precious thing in the world. He cares a lot about safety.
There was a little island in this lake that I thought was really beautiful. This whole entire watery landscape was green. The water was dark green and clear, which is something I've never seen before. All in all, it was a pretty surreal place to be. And it was so alive. There were animals of all kinds, everywhere. Birds of prey catching fish. Fish jumping and splashing near and far. A duck family cruising around the perimeter of water. Deer munching grass casually in the sunshine. And not many people. There were a few people fishing, but they were quiet and had gentle smiles. Those kind of people are always good.
A hawk with a fishy!
There are very few places where I will tuck my camera away in its bag. Where I'll forgo a potential photo opportunity for the sake of just being. This was one of them.
Bonus! Blurry photo! I stalked these little ducks carefully for a while. Trying to get closer and to get them to ignore me. It was a good solid chunk of time I spent following them around. This photo came about when we all went into a little grassy cove. One by one they disappeared under water. They reappeared right next to me, blasting out of the water and practically running on top of it. The scampered about 20 feet away, to a mother duck waiting in the reeds. I let them be after that. Experiencing that so close to my boat was pretty neat. And it made this photograph possible! What a good memory.