Silver River – August 26, 2015

Slow and gentle paddle on the Silver River at Silver Springs, FL yesterday.  I’m recovering from bruised ribs, my friend from a pulled muscle in her leg, so we needed slow and gentle, but we also needed to get out!

We put in at the Silver Springs State Park launch and took out at Ray Wayside County Park launch.  There is no shuttle service, you have to do your own.

Didn’t see any monkeys this trip, but lots of gators and turtles.  And since there has been little rain the last few days (until last night!) to stir up the water, it was very clear and quiet.

Still life with Turtle

Still Life with Turtle

Water was so clear today. This is either a Florida Gar or a Spotted Gar about 2 foot long and about 2 feet under water. Really need to get a polarizing filter for my pics through water!

Water was so clear today. This is either a Florida Gar or a Spotted Gar about 2 foot long and about 2 feet under water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little gator (around 3 feet) sunning in the duck weed.

Little gator (around 3 feet) sunning in the duck weed.

Big ol' gator (about 8 feet) hiding his head from us on the Ft King Canoe Trail.

Big ol’ gator (about 8 feet) hiding his head from us on the Ft King Canoe Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickerel Weed (Pontederia cordata). Such a nasty name for such a beautiful native plant.

Pickerel Weed (Pontederia cordata). Such a nasty name for such a beautiful native plant.

Water was so clear today. This is either a Florida Gar or a Spotted Gar about 2 foot long and about 2 feet under water. Really need to get a polarizing filter for my pics through water!

Water was so clear today. This is either a Florida Gar or a Spotted Gar about 2 foot long and about 2 feet under water.