Juniper Creek – August 19, 2017

Friday morning I made a last minute decision to paddle the Juniper Creek Run in the Ocala National Forest on Saturday with the Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Trail Association.  It was kind of nice to be just one participant among many rather than the trip leader for a change!

The weather was perfect – warm and dry with the 72 degree spring run providing our air conditioning. The hot sun filtering through the trees and hitting the cool water created a mist and a few sundogs for the first hour or so. Rather ephemeral to capture, plus Juniper is too twisty and obstacle-filled for anything more than grabbed shots – but here’s a few pics.

 

Sundogs on the upper creek

Sundogs on the upper creek

More sundogs

More sundogs

Lower water and overhead palms

Low water and overhead palms

Always lots of obstacles on the Juniper Run

Always lots of obstacles on the Juniper Run

Closeup of a Water Hyacincth

Closeup of a Water Hyacinth

Water Hyssop aka Herb of Grace (Bacopa monnieri)

Water Hyssop aka Herb of Grace (Bacopa monnieri)

The "Rapids"

The “Rapids”

The "Rapids" without a kayak

The “Rapids” without a kayak

 

Lunch and swim break on the lower run

Lunch and swim break on the lower run