Ichetucknee River – March 10, 2015

Finally!  A day back on the water.  Woke up to rain, but an hour later the sun was shining, the blue sky was opening in the gray and we were headed to the Ichetucknee River to meet two other paddlers.

When is a stream only 6 miles long called a river? I guess when it’s as free-flowing and natural as the Ich.  No manatee sightings, but the beaver have been busy.  Also saw Great Egret, Cattle Egret, a pair of Great Blue Heron, Hairy and Pileated Woodpeckers, and American Coots.  Found Alligator lily, blackberry, and type of violet that I haven’t identified yet growing on a mossy rock.

Floating down the Ichetucknee River. With a 3 mph current and a short distance, we usually just coast and admire the scenery.

Floating down the Ichetucknee River. With a 3 mph current and a short distance, we usually just coast and admire the scenery.

A friend checking out one of the little caves the water has cut in the limestone banks.

Checking out one of the little caves the water has cut in the limestone banks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Egret (Egretta alba)

Great Egret (Egretta alba)

American Coots (Fulica americana)

American Coots (Fulica americana)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 'bale' of turtles. They come out of the cold water to sun on the logs to warm up and to rid their shells of algae.

A ‘bale’ of turtles. They come out of the cold water to sun on the logs to warm up and to rid their shells of algae.

Beaver have been working on these trees. Looking close you can see their tooth marks. Last year it was only the occasional tree. Now we see these scarred trees all up and down the upper half of the river.

Beaver have been working on these trees. Looking close you can see their tooth marks. Last year it was only the occasional tree. Now we see these scarred trees all up and down the upper half of the river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern blackberry (Rubus trivialis) blossom. One of 3 native blackberry species in Florida

Southern blackberry (Rubus trivialis) blossom. One of 3 native blackberry species in Florida

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Wood Violet (Viola sororia)

Common Wood Violet
(Viola sororia)

Alligator Lily (Hymenocallis palmeri) also called spider lily

Alligator Lily (Hymenocallis palmeri) also called spider lily