Almost every night, in the hour before sunset, my beloved and I cruise the river-ways on our stand-up paddle boards. A couple of evenings ago it was particularly calm, there was no breeze at all, the river was glass and the air balmy. Our paddle takes about an hour and we time it to arrive back home just after sun down.
So come with me now- we are going to stand on Laird, - let me turn him around first and make sure the fin is clear of the sand before we hop on. I have my waterproof camera around my neck, some insect repellent on my bare skin, and of course a paddle.
I don't want to spoil the peaceful quiet for you...so I'm not going to give you a running commentary ... all you need to do is watch and just listen to the plop and drag of my paddle as we ripple along .. .and enjoy the ride.
You can ask me any questions at the end that might come to mind.
This is what it looks like as we start to move off out across the river from home...
As we make our last turn under the bridge and back into our river the bats are beginning to stream across the sky to their feeding grounds. All of the specks in the sky of this photo are bats on the move. That pelican is sitting on top of the street light on the bridge. I wonder how long he stays once the lights have been turned on for the night.
Now we take our final turn up into the Weyba River and glide, in the fast fading light, under the gums housing the cormorants and the twiggy nests of the Brahminy kites... to home.