|Leaving the dock on Thornapple Lake|
|when the sun came out, everything was brilliant|
|reflections in the water|
I took with me Daya, a colleague from Taiwan who is working with me for five weeks. He’d never been in a canoe but was a quick learner. We made good time, actually excellent time considering that we had a stiff headwind. Daya isn’t Han (Chinese), but a member of the Tayan tribe, one of the indigenous groups on Taiwan. Although he now lives in Taipei, he grew up in the mountains and is comfortable outdoors. He has hunted with darts and speared fish. I was amazed at his eyes at spotting fish darting along in the murky water. We saw a few turtles sunning themselves, an abandon hornet’s nest, a downy woodpecker, a number of kingfishers and a nighthawk. And then there were plenty of turkey buzzards, dozens of them. I’m not sure all they were after but we did see one dead deer, a young buck with two spikes, probably a victim of Blue Tongue disease which has taken its toll of deer recently.
|A turtle enjoying the sun|