Nice little kayak trip this morning on the Santa Fe River near High Springs, FL. Heat index over 100 so we headed for some springs to swim in. It took us 4 hours to do the 5 miles from US 27 to RUm Island, so you know we did a little bit of paddling and a lot of cooling off in the springs 🙂
We saw White Ibis, Cattle Egrets in breeding plumage, some immature Little Blue Herons and loads of turtles sunning – both Cooters and Yellow-bellied Sliders. Best of all, the water level was just right (low) to explore beautiful Jonathan Spring near Rum Island.
Hot kayakers cooling off in Poe Springs
The bottom of Poe Springs run. Usually we can paddle up the run, but not today. We had to park on the rocks and walk up.
I finally got a nice identifying shot of a Yellow-bellied Slider! (Trachemys scripta scripta) Probably a female given the short front claws.
Immature Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) with a little fish.
Jonathan Spring run showing one of the vents. The bottom of the vent is about 6 feet deep, the rest of the run forward of the rocks is 3-4 feet deep. Behind the rocks, toward the river it’s about 1 foot deep.
Another shot of Jonathan Spring vent showing crystal clear water. In fact, I thought it was only about a foot deep and jumped in only to find myself in waist-deep water.