Strolling in the Mercer Slough Nature Park i saw the two kayakists crossing the canoe trail,enjoying the beauty of the slough
Mercer Slough Nature Park
Just minutes from downtown, the Mercer Slough Nature Park is the largest of Lake Washington’s remaining fresh water wetlands and is one of Bellevue’s largest parks. Explore over 320 acres of wildlife habitat, agriculture, and freshwater wetland ecosystems on 7+ miles of trails including a unique canoe trail. The blueberry farm sells fresh seasonal produce. The beautifully restored historic Winters House is Bellevue’s only public building on the National Historic Register. It serves as the home of the Eastside Heritage Center, offers historic tours, and is available for meeting and event rentals. The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a partnership with the Pacific Science Center focusing on freshwater wetland ecology, provides a park visitor center (open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and offers programs for adults, youth and families.
The Periphery Trail is an asphalt path circling the perimeter of the park. The trail is ideal for jogging, bicycling, rollerblading and strollers. A component of the Lake Washington Bike Loop and Mountains to Sound Greenway, the path provides connections to Newcastle Beach Park, Seattle, Factoria, Renton, and beyond.
The Winters House Visitor Center provides interpretive exhibits, information, rental facilities, restrooms, trailhead parking, and is home to the Eastside Heritage Center.
The Heritage Trail, located behind the Winters House, meanders past remnants of old greenhouses, though an abandoned rhododendron nursery, and parallels the historic blueberry fields.
The Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm provides restrooms, trailhead parking, seasonal produce sales, and u-pick blueberries.
The Bellefields Trail loops through upland forest, scrub-shrub wetland, and open meadow habitats to the edge of the slough channel.
The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center offers educational classes on wetland ecology.
The Canoe Trail allows visitors a unique beaver’s-eye view of the Mercer Slough. Canoe rentals are available at Enatai Beach Park through Cascade Canoe & Kayak Centers. The City offers guided trips on Saturday mornings, May-September.
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jacquest (18493) 2014-01-23 8:05
This is a nice view of these kayakists on this narrow stretch of water which looks peaceful. There is good light and I like the reflections in the water and the disturbances of created by the passage of the kayaks.
Kielia (23287) 2014-01-23 8:07
I remember this place from a previous post but I think this one is even more beautiful due to the light and the format. The perspective is excellent. Very good photo work!
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-23 8:19
That is a lovely photo from your high POV. Very calm and tranquil atmosphere presented, perfect for a leisurely kayaking. The length of the waterway is providing fine depth to the composition. Dense vegetation all around and its green colours is very soothing to our city eyes. Beautiful nature. Nice photo with opulent colours and light, I like a lot. Thanks for sharing.
jurek1951 (41406) 2014-01-23 8:36
a splendid photo of this romntic view with spectacular composition and beautiful details,
ikeharel (55368) 2014-01-23 8:44
One day I hope to visit the ancient places in Greece, thanks for the note.
A fine depth down-stream with the two rowers work their way up-stream, it is so notable on water surface to realize. Light gave a good texture to the green on sides, and the sky reflected marvelousely.
Well spotted location, nicely applied.
saxo042 (37226) 2014-01-23 8:44
The two kayakists are going along a clear diagonal. A very pleasant summer view, same landscape on both sides of the river.
lousat (75063) 2014-01-23 8:59
Hi Danos,it seems to be in my village on the channels close to my Ticino river..ehehe...a beautiful capture full of nature,colors and peace,great long perspective with the 2 canoist like 3 cherries on a cake,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
mesutilgim (82344) 2014-01-23 9:12
Hello dear Danos,
Very nice capture of those kayakeers in Wahington Bellevue. Good hight pov and nice light. A pinsharp capture enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
COSTANTINO (53757) 2014-01-23 9:35
lucky people down there the two kayakists
it is a real hymne to the Nature
a shot that has everything greenery
reflections beauty and the two
kayakists add life
have a nice evening
Miguel82 (22443) 2014-01-23 9:35
I like practising kayak Danos, superb view of these people discovering the swamps, high quality of picture, vivid colors, all the best, greetings
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-01-23 11:09
a different side of your US trip,but as fascinating and your urban shots.
Fine composition and truly delightful combination of soft,warm light and vivid colors.
The outcome is fabulous!
Have a nice evening
pajaran (50532) 2014-01-23 11:22
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na jezeri sa kanuistima ...
Dobar snimak i perspektiva, lepo pokazano jezero i trenutak.
Dobar kontrast i refleks na vodi, lepe boje.
Lepo mesto za odmor i rekreaciju.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the place, with a description ...
Nice view of the lake with canoeists ...
Good shot and perspective, beautiful lake and shown a moment.
Good contrast and reflection on the water, beautiful colors.
Nice place for rest and recreation.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
ourania (29445) 2014-01-23 11:28
τι όμορφη αίσθηση γαλήνης και κίνησης μεταδίδει αυτή η φωτογραφία σου. Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ η σύνθεση, ο τρόπος που η βλάστηση πλαισιώνει το ποτάμι στενεύοντας στο πάνω μέρος του κάδρου και ανοίγοντας προς την κατεύθυνση των κωπηλατών. Πολύ ευχάριστα τα χρώματα και οι γεμάτες ζωντάνια υφές. Θαυμάσια η λάμψη και η στιλπνότητα της επιφάνειας του νερού. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,
cornejo (30115) 2014-01-23 11:37
Hello Danos, very good shot to take this great photo of this interesting scene with kayak browsing this beautiful place, good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color, very good and interesting job very well done, congratulations my friend, thank you for share this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best regards from southern Spain.
pierrefonds (56116) 2014-01-23 12:34
The reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The length of the river is giving depth to the scene. You have captured well the action of the kayakists. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.
Fis2 (84020) 2014-01-23 12:37
Impressive place, great atmosphere!
Excellent colors and light.
Very well done.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-23 14:27
well spotted and executed photo. Two kayakists make very colorful spots of attention on the river and add to the whole composition. Very good depth and well chosen POV for this scene. Great colors and very well managed light.
Thanks for sharing
Waylim (25184) 2014-01-23 23:23
Beautiful nature and must be a very nice place to kayake through suhc lovely place. Love the green vegetations and the blue of the water. Excellent detials and very nice POV and composition.
jmdias (54123) 2014-01-24 0:00
very nice view, the natural environment is very nice and the inclusion of these personages is perfect, adding life and movement to the scenery. nice job with excellent use of framing and light.
subhendu_bagchi (25513) 2014-01-24 1:15
a very good composition here. Like those two kayakists, crossing the canoe
trail... Great depth and sharp details. Nice warm colour tone made your composition pleasant. Tfs.
rbassin (17341) 2014-01-24 7:26
Une magnifique lumière sur ce cours d'eau, avec une belle mise en valeur des deux kayakistes; couleurs et reflets sont superbes.
abmdsudi (42012) 2014-01-24 7:28
A wonderful shot from this viewpoint with something extra dynamic sports shot, nice juxtaposition having both interests that stand out against the green setting. The light looks good, detail and contrasting colours. The positioning of the two canoes also provide the viewer of a sense of proportion and depth. A fine photo work and tfs
marina7 (8053) 2014-01-24 8:52
a very idyllic place hidden among lush greenery. Great for canoeing no doubt. Very well taken, my compliments!
bona (12457) 2014-01-24 9:27
this a kind of thing that I like. Sports and Nature. You took a photo from a nice place. I like the green around the river and the two boats floating softly on the calm surface.
Silvio1953 (119690) 2014-01-24 10:18
Ciao Danos, lovely composition with fascinating reflections, nice scene with kayakist in action , excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
adramad (36959) 2014-01-24 10:56
Simple ... and yet, wonderful image in nature, perfect light and color in the waters of the river, surrounded by a leafy banks, the two Kayakist get a vital touch to the composition.
A colorful perfect very natural and well contrasted.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Enjoy a good weekend.
kato (11630) 2014-01-24 18:39
You're capturing well this place by a good composition, a good perspective and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the kayakists crossing the river surrounded to rich nature with waterplant. The looks like relaxing rowing kanoe. It's effective for the reflection projected to the river and shadow. Here has a good environment, although it's suburbs near to Seatle.
mirosu (13190) 2014-01-24 23:34
This is a nicely exposed shot. Lovely high angle viewpoint and technically excellent photo work. You have found a very strong subject with excellent positioning of both boats in very nice light. The blue river water and the green trees in BG are perfectly complementing this excellent photo and the beautiful light reflections add nice toning to the scene.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-01-25 7:39
The men on kayaks create a great balance on the river.Lovely surroundings and a pleasant action shot.Very well captured.TFS.
clic (14712) 2014-01-25 8:38
Geia sou Danos
Lot of serenity showed in this verdant scenery, enlivened of the crocodile-free 'blue mirror', captured from a vantaged point of view where perform the kayakists for scaling information.
Lord_Of_Chaos (0) 2014-01-27 6:01
Beautiful scenery with boats on the river.
Beautiful natural and vivid colors.
Perfect image quality.
Hello and good afternoon
geoant68 (331) 2014-01-27 7:27
πολύ όμορφο το σκηνικό με τους δύο καγιάκερς να κάνουν το τέλειο κοντραστ με τα νερά του ποταμού.Το δυνατό φως και οι αντανακλάσεις κάνουν το τοπίο τόσο όμορφο,
Cricri (104511) 2014-01-27 8:01
Un vrai plaisir de balade sur l'eau , profitant de la nature et du beau temps, bon POV, couleurs , très jolie composition
mcmtanyel (12039) 2014-01-27 18:24
It looks peaceful, quiet and warm. I wouldn't mind kayaking in such a pleasant environment. An excellent presentation from Bellvue, the photo confirms the name of the place.
mkamionka (30104) 2014-01-28 6:18
beautiful composition with the two kayakers adding so much interest here! I like the warm pleasant light and the wonderful well saturated colors. Blue sky reflected nicely making the river vivid as well.
It feels very relaxing,
mohammad_H (9069) 2014-01-28 7:27
Spectacular and very attractive.
The peace and quiet space for rowing
I love this photo and the environment
Nice image with good resolution
Have a nice evening
eldancer1 (26790) 2014-01-29 7:34
Nothing better than the solitude and peacefulness of nature. Awesome capture of those kayakers with good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
kiks (11749) 2014-01-30 8:48
At the humnail it looks like a little chanel but then we see the canoes!! What an wonderful place.
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-30 10:04
Wonderful view of the blue lane of water guarded by greens. The kayakists create nice ripples in the water. Light management is excellent. I like the diagonal composition with a great depth.
Very attractive presentation.
Thanks for sharing.
With best regards,
jemaflor (83046) 2014-01-30 13:05
Nice pov and well composed with these two kayaks well situated in your photo as interesting details, lovely light and colors, tfs.
RhodieIke (11584) 2014-01-30 22:29
What a super tranquil scene of these two Kayak's on a gorgeous river in the Mercer Slough natural park.
I have recently taken to this and it is the best way to see local landscape and wildlife. Great Pov, where you on a bridge? Tfs, have a great Friday.
serp2000 (39250) 2014-01-31 2:41
Simple but interesting photo from Washington, this kind of sport always looks attractive for man with camera ;) The water reflects the clear blue sky, I see your had good weather there.
Didi (56067) 2014-02-02 10:31
Wonderful place, nice scene with an interesting perspective
Good lights ambiance
Angshu (55295) 2014-02-03 0:59
A nice & tranquil view from within the park with the perspective well created. The kayakists and the wake of water behind create good attraction. Nice work in good light!
tatadalou (6069) 2014-02-03 14:25
Lovely light on this calm river and on the vegetation all around. The two canoes are well placed in the framing.
nikkitta (14354) 2014-02-03 15:43
You chose a high POV, must be from a kind of bridge you took the picture of the kajakist ( quiet way to enjoy nature) well positionated, giving a touch of color at the capture
Good place to stroll
Mercer must mean something in USA, once I stayed in NY at Mercer Hotel, in Mercer Street
NorthernLight (2153) 2014-02-09 9:37
what a pleasing sight!
An idyllic river and two paddlers. I wish the winter here would be over. Green and blue and red. A beautiful color combination and an inviting atmosphere in your picture.
Very nice! I wish I was there with my own canoe.
All the best and a nice evening for you
UlfE (14641) 2014-03-11 12:27
A good example of that you never know when photo opportunities turn up. Even though it is a beautiful place it was the kayakist sudden apperance the made it possible to take this exciting photo. TFS and have a nice evening!
dip (23532) 2014-03-23 4:39
Γεια σου Δάνο,
πολύ ωραία η σκηνή με τους δύο κωπηλάτες κάτω από ένα καταπληκτικό φως που το διαχειρίστηκες πολύ καλά με την κάμερά σου,
άριστη ευκρίνεια και πολύ ωραία φυσικά χρώματα επίσης,
θα σε πάρω να τα πούμε,είμαι στην Αθήνα,
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (85221)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-23
- Categories: Nature, Event
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Three weeks in USA
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-23 7:53