Category Archives: Withlacoochee

Withlacoochee River – April 16, 2016

A second 10-mile paddle on the Withlacoochee (South) River.   2/3 of the people who signed up for the trip from Camp Izzard boat ramp near SR 200 to the Centennial Park boat ramp in Dunnellon cancelled due to a forecast of rain, but the 9 of us who paddled didn’t feel a drop.  (Maybe because we all brought along our rain jackets?)

While we started out under cloudy skies, by the afternoon the sun was shining and the skies were blue.  Fairly typical of Florida’s weather.  Under the same bright green spring foliage, we saw more birds but fewer gators and turtles than on the same trip earlier in the week.  Tricolored Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Swallowtail Kites, Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey, and Cormorants, to name a few.

An early morning pic under gray skies but with bright green spring foliage.

An early morning pic under gray skies but with bright green spring foliage.

In the afternoon we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine on the WIthlacoochee.

In the afternoon we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine on the WIthlacoochee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) stalking in the water weeds.

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) stalking in the water weeds.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) looking for supper along the sea wall.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) looking for supper along the sea wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens L.) found at our break spot.

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens L.) found at our lunch spot.

A "hitch-hiker" I found on my kayak.

A “hitch-hiker” I found on my kayak.

Withlacoochee River – April 13, 2016

Nice little trip along the Withlacoochee (South) River from Camp Izzard boat ramp on Riverside Drive near FL 200 to Centennial Park boat ramp in the city of Dunnellon — a little over 10 paddling miles .  Cloudy skies for most of the day, but no rain until on the way home.  The spring greenery was breathtaking and damselflies decorated our boats the whole way.

Withlacoochee River near State Rd 200

Withlacoochee River near State Rd 200

Reflections of spring greenery on the water.

Reflections of spring greenery on the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-fronted Dancer damselfly (Argia apicalis) attracted to my red boat.

Blue-fronted Dancer damselfly (Argia apicalis) attracted to my red boat.

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens L.) found at our break spot.

Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens L.) found at our lunch break spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIthlacoochee State Trail bridge - paved bicycle trail that crosses the river near Dunnellon.

Withlacoochee State Trail bridge – paved bicycle trail that crosses the river near Dunnellon.

More spring reflections on the Withlacoochee.

More spring reflections on the Withlacoochee.