Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Manatee Springs, Fl., Sept. 2nd
MANATEE SPRINGS, FL. IS WITHIN LOWLANDS BESIDE THE SUWANNEE RIVER AND IS PRONE TO FLOODING. THE MARKER HERE SHOWS THE YEARS AND HEIGHTS OF THE FLOODS. (ZOOM IN BY CLICKING)
Latter that day, after putting a coat of paint on our upcoming Clearance Light fixtures, we drove not too far west to Manatee Springs, Fl.
THE SUWANNEE RIVER IS A PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND A PLACE ANYONE FEELS AT HOME.
This was a special spot Dorothy and I found a few years ago, when once again, "following our headlights". I use this term to suggest being led by nothing but the moment. It's childlike but heck..... following intuition, instinct, love, impulse or "what did that sign say?" feels good. Nice to be free of the Need and into the Want.
WILDLIFE OF ALL SIZES. UPON WAKENING, DEER WERE WITHIN A SPITBALLS DISTANCE FROM OUR SITE AND INSECTS MINDED THEIR MANNERS.
Again, a quiet State Park of Florida, on the south side of the famous Suwanne River proved to be ideal. At night it was silent except for the sounds of nature. In the morning, deer were quite close to our campsite and did not seem to be fazed by humans. That's nice as long as humans continue to give them space in these parks.
THE SPRINGS THEMSELVES WERE 1/4 MILE INTO THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF THE RIVER. CLEAR AND INVITING-OPEN TO SWIMMERS.
We walked the paths we walked several years ago and photographed the springs themselves. A quite walk down to the river thru a field of Cypress trees and wetlands leading to the Suwanne. The river was silent but often 7'Sturgeon and larger will be jumping at least once a minute in this prehistoric river breading ground.
SUWANNEE RIVER MEDALLION, ON A POST WITHIN THE PARK.
Very Special morning....