Pepper Creek, botanic gardens, bald eagles
Pepper Creek, Delaware — We dropped the hook in about three feet of water a good ways up Pepper Creek this evening. Pepper Creek shoots off to the south from Indian River just opposite Oak Orchard.
(A bald eagle is watching me write this, about 100 yards away in the top of a loblolly pine. See photo above.)
Becky and I brought Nellie Lankford down here this afternoon from Lewes. Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, Rehoboth Bay, the tricky Baker Channel between Burton Island and Massey's Ditch, Indian River Bay and then up the river to Oak Orchard. Late lunch at Seredipity. Great Italian food beneath a ceiling studded with brightly colored parasols. Heidi took care of us and I knew I liked her when she said Forest Gump is one of her favorite movies. Me too.
After lunch we motored up Pepper Creek to look at the land where the Southern Delaware Botanic Garden plans to build the first real botanic gardens on the Delmarva Peninsula. In 2016 we will be able to motor down here, pull up to the dock and walk the gardens. Very cool.
It's pretty up here, just a mile or two from the Atlantic but super well protected. Herons, eagles, Canada geese skimming the surface of the creek, mallards patterning the water.
Sweet. Fall colors. Time drops back tonight. The geese and ducks don't know that. I don't either. Tonight I'm just a reflection spreading across the creek from the rust-leaved bald cypresses.