Just see what a glorious bounty of natural beauty you could expect to find if you went for a paddle here this week!
The quiet bays will be studded with emerald-green clumps of Arrow Arum, each one hiding its fascinating flower stalk within.
Look closely to see the elegant stripes on the Arrow Arum's leaves.
The shallows will be ornamented with the snowy flowers of Arrowhead.
Bright yellow spikes of Swamp Candles will light up the forested shadows.
Narrow-leaved Vervain thrives on a sandy shore.
Pink tufts of Meadowsweet lean over the banks.
Rosy spikes of Steeplebush parade around the perimeter of a marsh.
Small Sundrops open their sunny blooms along the banks.
The quiet water reflects the deep green of the forested mountains that rise either side of the river.
Buttonbush explodes with blooms in the marshy backwaters.
The brilliant Cardinal Flower blazes along the banks.
Swamp Milkweed bears blooms of a deep rosy pink.
The bright-blue faces of Monkeyflower peek out along the shore.
Lovely little coves invite the paddler to linger and enjoy the view of mountains and sky.
You might find a Smaller Purple Fringed Orchid hiding among some Royal Ferns.
Some mossy banks will be carpeted with the waxy white flowers of Partridgeberry.
Masses of Golden Pert carpet the mud and line the cracks in boulders.
You have to look close to find the dainty blue flowers of Marsh Speedwell.
All the local St. Johnsworts love the Hudson banks, including the very colorful (and misnamed!) Pale St. Johnswort, with its bright-yellow blooms and deep-orange buds.
The Dwarf St. Johnswort, however, is very aptly named. Such a wee little flower!
Also well named is the Great St. Johnswort, with its great big blooms.
Then there's the Marsh St. Johnswort, which, unlike the others, has blooms of satiny pink.
The male Calico Pennant Dragonfly is as showy as any flower, with his patches of brilliant red.
After all that paddling under a hot sun, nothing feels better than a restful dip in the river's cool waters.