Juniper Creek – November 18, 2015

Back again to Juniper Creek with a second set of friends to see if we can find more Grass-of-Parnasus.  On the first trip we saw only one patch of Grass-of-Parnassus.  On this second trip 4 days later there were many patches along about a 1/2 mile stretch of the middle creek.

Large-leaved Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia)

Large-leaved Grass-of-Parnassus.  Flowers about 2 inches across, stalks about 30 inches tall.

Closer view of Large-leaved Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia). Florida native, Florida endanged species. Flowers about 2 inches across, stalks about 2.5 feet tall.

Closer view of Large-leaved Grass-of-Parnassus. Florida native, Florida endanged species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No gator sightings on this trip, only a couple of Cooters out sunning in the cool weather, but there were lots of fall flowers in bloom, especially the Late Purple Aster.

Closeup of Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)

Closeup of Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens)

Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens) was everywhere along the creek banks.

Late Purple Aster (Symphyotrichum patens) was everywhere along the creek banks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, everyone enjoyed the 20 seconds of “Wheee” running through the “rapids”.  It’s so much fun, we wish it were much longer.

Running the "Rapids"

Running “the Rapids”

Running "the rapids" on Juniper Creek

The only thing hard is stopping at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the end you could swear it was snowing on us.  If you click on the last picture to enlarge it you can really see the white flakes raining down on us and settling on the water.  Actually, these are Baccharis latifolia seeds blown by the breeze, not that nasty stuff Yankees start getting about this time of year.  Lots of Baccharis bushes along the last 2-3 miles of the run.

Lower creek, almost to the take-out and everyone is still smiling. Baccharis latifolia in background.

Lower creek, almost to the take-out and everyone is still smiling. Baccharis in background.

If you look closely you can see white flakes raining down on us and settling on the water.

If you look closely you can see white seeds raining down on us.