Kelly Don't look - Back Bay - North Bay - Porpoise Point




I was originally going to head down to Munden Point today, but changed my mind at the last minute, I figure Munden can wait until after summer is over, and there's a lot less boat traffic. So I headed back to the Back Bay NWR Canoe Kayak facility at Horn Point, I figured I could go and finish the trip that was cut short by weather a couple of weeks ago. I have paddled around and through this marsh a number of times, but never really took an in depth look around.
The wind was a little strong, and seem to be in my face no matter which way I turned, so I didn't see much in the way of bird, or turtles, I actually think I saw more in the ditches on the drive down... The summer flowers are pretty much gone, except for the Seashore Mallow, still some flowers, maybe a couple of weeks left for them, as well as the Broadleaf Arrowhead, not really sure about the yarrow looking flowers.
The water was a little to low to get into a lot of the smaller channels, so I guess I'll have to come back when the water is higher and dig a little deeper. About a year and a half ago the majority of the North end of the marsh burned, which I understand is a natural occurrence, it was pretty intense to watch. Now a year and a half later, the entire marsh has recovered with the grasses as big and dense as ever.

So I was on the way back, thinking I haven't seen a snake this entire trip, in response to an email I got the other day, so this would be a good place for them to come, and what do I see as I am working my way over the sandbar, a Cottonmouth probably somewhere between a 2 to 3 footer. This is the first Cottonmouth I have seen in a while out in the open, usually it is just glimpse as they duck into the weeds. So if you use the Horn Point launch, you may want to keep this in mind.

Date Launch Site Distance Photos
08/20/2006 Horn Point 7.30 18
Porpoise Point (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Just a scenic shot


Wind blown reeds (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Strong winds blowing the reeds


Seashore Mallow (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Seashore Mallow at Porpoise Point


Seashore Mallow (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Seashore mallow close up


Flowers in the marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Something along the lines of Queen Annes Lace


Flowers in the marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
More of the Queen Annes Lace (maybe)


South End of Porpoise Point Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
South end of the marsh, Not enough water to cross


Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse
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Marsh (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Area of the marsh that burned a while back, looks fine now


Marsh grasses (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Lucky me I found a Beach Ball... This is also an area that burned in the spring of 2005


Marsh grasses (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A shot of the marsh area that burned in the past, the reeds in the center are about 8 - 10 feet tall


Channel behind new Back Bay NWR Facility (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Sandbar at the channel behind the Back Bay NWR Canoe Kayak Launch, look at yesterdays picture and this was above water.


Cottonmouth On the Bank (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Cottonmouth on the bank of the channel behind the Back Bay NWR Canoe Kayak Launch facility


Cottonmouth On the Bank (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
A little better picture of the Cottonmouth, I like the way the pattern almost lines up.


Cottonmouth On the Bank (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
The best picture of the Cottonmouth, you can get an idea the triangular head indicative of Pit Vipers.


Cottonmouth On the Bank (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
I was trying to get a better picture of the head, but the blowing leaves made it impossible, and I was NOT going to reach out and move them


Back Bay NWR Horn Point Facility launch ramp (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Just a reference shot of the ramp at the Back Bay NWR Facility, this level is high enough to clear the sand bar, barely.


Back Bay NWR Horn Point Facility (Kayak Virginia Beach Images © Paul Perusse)
Looking across the channel, for water level reference, any lower and you wont clear the sandbar.




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