Santa Fe River – May 22, 2015

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

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

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

White Topped Sedge (Dichromena latifolia) also called White Star Grass

Florida Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster) at Lily Springs

Florida Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster) at Lily Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue-fronted Dancer Damselfly (Argia apicalis) chowing down on a smaller winged insect

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

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