Saturday, August 11, 2007

Quick Sunset Paddle at Okmulgee Lake

Ooh Shiny
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
Although paddling options can be limited this time of year in Oklahoma, most Okies are blessed to live near a reservoir lake. We have two here in the Okmulgee area. i usually paddle what is locally known as the 'New Lake" or Dripping Springs Lake. I like shooting pictures of the strange reflections of drowning trees on Dripping Springs Lake and you don't have to dodge as many ski boats.
However, Friday after work I needed a quick bit of excercise to unwind and decided to stop by Okmulgee Lake.

Locally this is known as the "Old Lake" and tends to see quite a bit of fast boating action. In fact, they host boat racing and wakeboarding competitions here. I like to slip my kayak in near the lake's spillway off Highway 75 and paddle around in the golden sunset light. I try to keep close to the shore to avoid collisions with faster craft. Naturally, one must be careful not to paddle OVER the spillway unless your life lacks adventure. My Panasonic DMC-FZ7 loves this kind of light, as long as you don't shoot directly into the sun. I can't resist shooting into the lovely warm light, so I get quite a few lens flares. I wish I had some of those cool Cokin Landscape Filters, it looks like you can have light like this anytime with those!

In the summer time I go Sunset Kayaking around 7pm. This allows me to scout around a bit and get some excercise before the light starts getting interesting. It pays to have a late afternoon snack first as the light doesn't completely fade until around 9pm.

At dinner, expect to eat like you just got a tip on a famine!

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