It was in the mid or high 70’s when we put-in at the Womack Creek Campground landing. There was a slight breeze, the sky was sunny with some clouds. The tide was outgoing.
Other trees and shrubs which had passed it bloom were narrow leaf primrose, cow creek spider lily, and sweet bay.
We had hoped to see orchids on the bloom stem we saw previously, but that had bloomed out. Instead we came across a patch of green fly orchids now blooming. A new flowering plant, still unidentified, was blooming.
We were hoping for blueberries to snack on, but the birds and animals had dispatched them in the 6 weeks we were away. But the blackberries are ripening. And while the muscadines upriver have little grapes on their vines, the lower vines are still blooming.
The temperatures are just perfect for snakes to catch some sun’s rays and we were not disappointed. A brown water snake and what we think is a green water snake were sunning.
And, the hornets were busy building their nests.
The hornets were building nests, the bumblebees, dragon flies, damsel flies, Gulf frittilary butterflies, and assorted flies and bees were taking food from flowers and other parts of the plants. We saw bright yellow headed prothotonary warblers in the shrubs, a pair of ducks, heard cardinals and other birds in the forests, and on the paddle back saw 4 magnificent kites flying overhead.
No one else was on the river; we heard no aircraft overhead — it was a warm, delightful paddle and we escaped the predicted thunderstorms of the late afternoon.