Lots Of Lotus - Ashville Bridge Creek - North Bay




Well I wasn't planning on a trip today, but the weather looked too nice this morning to not take advantage of it, so since it has been about a month since I visited Ashville Bridge Creek, I figured a quick kayak trip was in order. The creek level was at the low end of where I like it to be, but still completely doable, across the creek the was an Great Egret wading through the lotus looking for a meal. The Lotus are very impressive this year, I have been on this creek regularly for the past 3 years, and this years growth is very impressive, the 2 southerly patches are much larger, and have spanned the entire creek, making paddling through them a bit of a problem, but still navigable if you stay to the East side of the creek. The buds on the lotus are about ready to go into full bloom, probably in the next couple of weeks. The Egret was either young, bold or both, as it had no problem sharing the creek with me, usually they will take flight when you come within 20 yards, but this one had very little issues with me passing within 20 feet of it, it did keep a wary eye on me as I passed.

The rest of the creek appears to be in the transition mode, the Swamp Hibiscus have completed blooming for the season, as have all the other spring and summer bloomers, and the late summer and fall plants are just starting to come in, so I guess the only colors (except for the Lotus) on the creeks for a while is going to be various shades of green fading to brown. As far a animal life goes, there was the occasional turtle that dashed off at the first sight of my read kayak, I don't know, but I think the turtles have some kind of issue with the color red. In the blue or tan kayak, I/we can almost float right up to them or at least to within a few feet, but when the see the red kayak they are long gone at first glance. As far as the bird population goes, the Redwinged Blackbirds have disappeared, first trip in a long time where I didn't see any, but quite a few shorebirds, swallows, and a couple of Osprey were flying around, and I also saw my first Duck in about a month or so, a small female all alone.

I made it out onto North Bay, the wind wasn't that bad, and there was a slight chop on the water. Noticed few cars over at the Horn Point Launch, and saw a couple of people heading that way. That site is getting pretty popular, I guess thats a good thing, too bad it is only open during the summer.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
08/12/2006 Lotus Garden Park, Virginia Beach 5.90 23
Egret fishing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret fishing in Lotus Pond


Lotus in full bloom (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus in full bloom


Lotus in full bloom (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus in full bloom


Shy lotus (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Shy lotus


Lotus beginning to bloom (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus beginning to bloom


Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek


Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek


Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek


Lotus beginning to bloom (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus beginning to bloom


Egret fishing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret hunting in the lotus plants


Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lotus plants spanning Ashville Bridge Creek


Egret hunting in the lotus plants (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret hunting in the lotus plants


Egret taking off (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret about to take off


Egret fishing (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret on the other side of the creek after a short flight


Looking North at the lotus growth (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking North at the lotus growth on Ashville Bridge Creek


Clouds over Ashville Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Clouds over Ashville Bridge Creek


More Lotus on Ashvile Bridge Creek (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
More Lotus on Ashvile Bridge Creek


Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond


Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond


Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Egret on the banks of Lotus Pond


Water level gauge (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Water level gauge at the Sandbridge Road bridge over Ashville Bridge Creek. This is about as low as you want to paddle in, any lower and it is a lot of work.


Launch area at Lotus Pond Park. (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Launch area at Lotus Pond Park.


Lotus Pond Park Launch (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Reference shot, this is the launch area at Lotus Pond Park, any lower then this, and you may want to go to Horn Point or Little Island




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