November 2, 2014.
Blue sky, temperature in the mid-50’s at 10 am, but feeling like mid-40’s. A bite in the breeze. No one on the Ochlockonee River as we put-in heading up to Womack Creek. We were layered; the PFD no longer was enough to warm our torsos.
Once into the main body of Womack, the water calmed — Womack Creek is usually protected from winds, or breezes. At the confluence, a welcoming mass of vining asters and swamp sunflowers, welcoming the sun. The tide was out when we put in. Low tide — looking at Ochlockonee River from Womack Creek. Later, the tide will cover this muddy barrier (below).
The asters are still in full bloom, with occasional clumps of swamp sunflowers — their seeds seem to fall in the same locations. Blooming at the same time they combine to form lovely arrays, occasionally with red-berried Dahoon, an even more striking display.
This cold — we were not expecting turtles, and certainly not alligators. But this little one — just a little longer than a yard stick had first dibs on this sun drenched log. But these were only brief interruptions from the calmness of the creek, the trees and shrubs still with leaves, but beginning to prepare for winter. An arena of change — for us, a chance to meditate on the gifts which nature endows a paddler who enters in quiet and absorbs with ears, eyes, nose to feel the totality of wildness.
Come paddle and find peace and quiet and beauty.