Silver River – April 22, 2015

We had a wonderful paddle today on the Silver River to celebrate Earth Day.  We paddled slowly and saw many birds, turtles, gators and monkeys.  Also a few late spring flowers.

Sorry the pictures are a little pixelated today – I had my camera on the wrong settings.

Beautiful clear waters near the head spring

Beautiful clear waters near the head spring

Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus) or a Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus). This one is about 3 feet long.

Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus) or a Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus). About 3 feet long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) getting a drink on a hot day

Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) getting a drink on a hot day

Rhesus macaque

Rhesus macaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Close up of Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Close up of Cardinal Flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gator meets Cooter

Gator meets Cooter

Little gator - about 3 foot. You can still see some yellow stripes on tail.

Little gator – about 3 foot. You can still see some yellow stripes on tail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male and female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Male and female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Female Wood Duck with babies

Female Wood Duck with babies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)

Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)