After a spring of wretched downpours and cold, cloudy weather, summer has finally begun -- at least unofficially -- and the bullfrogs are singing its praise.
I slide my kayak into the lake at Tuckahoe State Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It’s a sunny, breezy afternoon, and the lake is fringed by swaying reeds and the arrow-shaped leaves of water plants -- called Tuckahoe – whose roots were an important source of food for Native Americans.
As I paddle along the edge of the lake, three painted turtles sunning themselves on a log plunk down into the water. Dragonflies flit over the surface. A leaf drifts down into the lake, and as it lands, its curled backside stretches up from the water like the sail of a boat.
My trip is a prelude to the joys of summer. And what brought me here was a new book called Paddle Maryland by University of Maryland, Baltimore County biologist Bryan McKay.