Nice little 5-mile trip today on the Santa Fe River today. We did the springs section from US 27 to Rum Island Park. We have a strenuous day of paddling tomorrow, so today was actually more of a float trip than a paddle trip. We visited and swam at Poe Springs, Lily Springs, and Rum Island Spring.
Cooling off at Poe Springs Park
Negotiating a shoal section. River was low today, so there were a number of shoals to be run. Only a few scratches added to the boat
White Topped Sedge (Dichromena latifolia) also called White Star Grass
Florida Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster) at Lily Springs
Blue-fronted Dancer Damselfly (Argia apicalis) chowing down on a smaller winged insect
Wild Turkey hen (Meleagris gallopavo) grabbing a drink in the river. Or maybe just cooling off her feet on a hot day near Rum Island