On August 10th it was a bit breezy so I decided to take a different kind of kayak trip.
I decided to see how far I could take my kayak up Clay Brook in Orford, NH. I figured there would be less breeze there compared to the river or a lake.
I put in at the covered bridge on River Road. I had to carry the kayak down over a steep bank but it was manageable.
It turns out that the lower part of Clay Brook is a great place to see Dragonflies and Damselflies.
Much of the river bank was lined with Winterberry bushes, which made a nice background for dragonfly or damselfly photos.
I believe the dragonfly species above is a Widow Skimmer.
There were many damselflies on the brook like this Common Blue Damselfly above.
Once I got back past several bends in the brook I hit a large grassy area with several narrow channels through. I went down a few wrong ones before getting back to the main channel in the brook. I made it to the section of the brook next to Route 10.
I made it to a small bridge crossing the brook and decided not to go under. On the way back I spotted several other dragonflies and damselflies.
Another Widow Skimmer. Since they don’t land very much or for very long they are challenging to photograph.
This looks like a Slaty Skimmer to me. There were several other species present that I was not able to photograph.
Later I took a quick tour out on the river. At the mouth of a small brook coming in on the Vermont side I noticed some bumblebees on some purple flowers.
It was an interesting trip that I would like to do again. Perhaps I can get some new Odonata photos with more close-ups and some different species.
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