Monthly Archives: June 2015

Suwannee River – June 24, 2015

Another wonderful day in paradise paddling the Suwannee River.   We did the 11+ miles between Hal Adams Ramp and Ft McComb ramp north of Branford which 3 of our 5 paddlers had never paddled before.  We selected this section because there are a number of springs along the route for cooling off.  The sturgeon were really jumping, but I never seem to have my camera pointed in the right direction to get a photo – they kind of erupt from the water without warning.  Other than the sturgeon and a sleepy Brown Water Snake we didn’t see a lot of wildlife, so today you get mostly springs pictures.

 

Telford Springs

Telford Springs

Running Springs

Running Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Old Drew Bridge

The Old Drew Bridge.  This pic gives you a goo idea of just how big it is.

The Old Drew Bridge

The Old Drew Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathtub Spring is COOOOLD

Bathtub Spring is COOOOLD

Bathtub Spring

Bathtub Spring – our favorite lunch spot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathtub Spring run

Bathtub Spring run

Friend or Foe? Friend! Non-poisonous Brown Water Snake

Friend or Foe? Friend! Non-poisonous Brown Water Snake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convict Spring run

Convict Spring run

Royal Springs

Royal Springs

Rainbow River – June 18, 2015

Today was a Plan B day.  This morning we all headed out for kayaking at Chassahowitzka, but after a late start and loading 4 kayaks on one trailer at 4 different locations it was 10:30 before we even left Gainesville.  So we stopped at Dunnellon (much closer) and did the lower portion of the Rainbow River instead.

We started at the Dunnellon Centennial Park boat ramp, paddled upstream about 4 miles then got chased by a thunderstorm the 4 miles back downstream.  Anyone for kayak sprints?!?

There were so many people tubing on the river that I didn’t get many wildlife shots.  It was a very hot day again, so we had a little water fight and took a couple of swims.

Great Egret at Dunnellon boat ramp

Great Egret at Dunnellon boat ramp

Cormorant nesting tree

Double-crested Cormorant nesting tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water gun fight on a hot summer day

Cooling off with a water gun fight on a hot summer day

Paddling up the Rainbow before the thunderstorm

Paddling up the Rainbow before the thunderstorm

 

 

 

 

 

 

A saturated Cormorant trying to dry off

A saturated Cormorant trying to dry off

Paper wasp (Polistes ...) nest on the underside of a Wood Duck box. Kinda cool - you can see many wasps papering over the cells with eggs, a few pupae in the cells starting to emerge from their caps, and a couple of wasps feeding the pupae.

Paper wasp (Polistes …) nest on the underside of a Wood Duck box. Kinda cool – you can see many wasps papering over the cells with eggs, a few pupae in the cells starting to emerge from their caps, and a couple of wasps feeding the pupae.

Silver River – June 13, 2015

Another paddle on the Silver River today in Silver Springs, FL but no rain – all sunshiny although skies were partly cloudy.  We saw some nice sized Florida gar, lots of Cormorants and Anhingas, Cooters and Sliders (turtles), Little Blue Herons, Wood Ducks and Ibis.

It was a great day for gator watching – everything from little babies around 8 inches long to a big ‘un about 7 feet with a very broad head.

We also saw a couple of monkeys – actually Rhesus macaques.  The one of them charged down the Sweet Gum branch at us, so we backed up another 20 feet.  Then she grabbed some berries.  Maybe she thought we were threatening her breakfast.

Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus

Scarlet Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus). A Florida native hibiscus also known as Texas Star.

Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar luteum) also called Spatterdock, is a water lily native to Florida.

Yellow Pond Lily (Nuphar luteum) also called Spatterdock, is a water lily native to Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Anhinga feeding one of the young 'uns.

Adult Anhinga feeding one of the young ‘uns.

Little Blue Heron sitting on nest

Little Blue Heron sitting on nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

A baby gator, about 12 inches long. His yellow stripes help him hide in the grasses.

A baby gator, about 12 inches long. His yellow stripes help him blend with the vegetation.

A baby gator, about 8 inches. His yellow stripes help him blend in.

A baby gator, about 8 inches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monkeys!

Monkeys!  The one on the left charged us.

Male Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)

Male Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Oh my, what big teeth you have, Grandma!" This was a 5- to 6-footer sunning on the bank.

“Oh my, what big teeth you have, Grandma!” This was a 5- to 6-footer sunning on the bank.

A Study in Pewter and Black

A Study in Pewter and Black