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.
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.
This looks like a Slaty Skimmer to me. There were several other species present that I was not able to photograph.
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.