Jonathan Foust

August 31, 2009

Down the River

Filed under: Nature, Photography — jonathanfoust @ 3:54 pm

Sunday I did a solo kayak trip from Algonkian Park in Sterling, VA to River Bend Park, right near our house. It was 3+ hours of pretty consistent paddling.

I don’t have a waterproof camera and only yanked out my little Canon A640 a few times, but wanted to share just a few of the images on the trip.

Part of what makes this trip interesting is navigating through the  Seneca Breaks, a mile and a half long section of class I and II rapids.  After all the rain this last week, the Potomac was a riled up muddy mess, but it made for some fun scooting through the fast sections.

When you put in at Algonkian, at least on a Sunday, you’ll find yourself sharing the river with party boats, speedboats, bass boats, jetskis, canoes and kayaks.  The further down river you go the more remote it becomes and below the rapids I had a few hours all to myself.

As the humans thinned out the wildlife became more bold.  I saw white egrets, quite a few bald eagles, hawks, herons, jumping fish, a fox drinking on the bank, turtles and heard hidden, chattering songbirds.

At first I thought this was a giant insect.

At first I thought this was a giant insect.

Taking a break in Seneca Breaks.

Taking a break in Seneca Breaks.

eagles at seneca breaks

Two Bald Eagles messing around on a hot afternoon.



  1. a moment is one breath Thanks Jonathan..beautiful!

    Comment by Judith Hodgens — August 31, 2009 @ 6:31 pm

  2. What a day for it, Jonathan! So happy you were out there. I was on the rocks at Great Falls most of that day, but I guess you stopped just before you got to us. 🙂

    Comment by Ellen — September 1, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  3. If I had gone further downstream, I’m not sure how many parts of me would be left by the time I got to you. I hiked down the Falls and tried to figure out how anyone could run that! Yikes!

    Comment by jonathanfoust — September 1, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

  4. I’m jealous.

    Comment by Gary — September 1, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  5. Thanks for risking your camera. I appreciate the photos. Tethering the camera to brightly colored small float and keeping the whole unit in a zip lock bag add some security. Some people even use it while in the bag.

    Here’s rainy day idea for your SLR, too.

    Comment by Tony Mayo — September 3, 2009 @ 11:43 am

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