Wappingers Lake
Wappingers Falls, NY
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October 21, 2007

We wanted to paddle a place to see some of the autumn colors.  We decided on Wappingers Lake in Wappingers Falls.  No place we had seen had much color on the trees, mostly shades of brown, but we wanted to try any way.

We put in at a village park and, following the south shore, paddled east under Route 9 to a small waterfall on Wappingers Creek.  Following the north shore we headed west until we came to a good sized dam that blocked our progress.  Then back to where we started.

We didn't see a lot of color but we saw quite a few turtles and some birds.
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Large hornet nest hanging over the water
Wonder if his back legs ever get tired
Heading back towards the Route 9 bridge
Mary looking at a bunch of geese & ducks (out of the photo)
The Canada Geese & ducks Mary was looking at
Mary looks for wildlife near the shore
A pair of Mallards
A male Mallard takes to the air
John paddling under Route 9
View of Wappingers Lake
John paddles in the middle of the lake
Some of the changing leaves
Glimmering water & a couple of Mute Swans
2 Double-crested Cormorants flying together
5 Double-crested Cormorants on a log
And a little more color
A bunch of Gulls standing/sitting in shallow water