sloane recently had a work retreat in st michaels maryland, and her company was nice enough to invite me along. so i of course used my free time wisely, and went kayaking on maryland's eastern shore. i had been reading about this swamp just south of st michaels, called the black water national wildlife refuge. rich with small intermingled waterways, and the high probability that i could get lost peaked my interest, and reminded me of paddling the swamps of the low country. as i stepped out of my car at the landing into a stiff 15 knot eastern wind, i was glad that i had come alone, this was going to be a serious work out. i paddled 14 long miles of winding river, my mood changing with the direction of the river in relation to the wind. i struggled grimly with it in my face, and i relaxed and soaked up the scenery when it was at my back. below are images from the day, which started early with some sunrise shots at the place we stayed.