And so I decided to head to the Wacissa today. I encountered that same wind from the south, but it didn't impede my downstream progress since the current (not affected by tide) compensated for it. And of course there was the fun of it blowing me back upstream.
I went into Blue Spring inlet, as always. My raccoon buddy must have been elsewhere, but the little blue heron was back.
They are so cute, and so tolerant of being observed. It was very busy seeking a meal.
I circled the spring area and headed back out to the river. I heard the sound of wood ducks approaching and landing in the inlet. They are always my primary (with luck) photo subjects. I typically concentrate on close-up photos of them and reject any that are taken at a distance. As I watched this pair cross the little inlet, it occurred to me that they would also be nice as just part of a scenic photo, so I include this one taken at some distance from them.
As I was leaving the inlet, a red-shouldered hawk (Florida type) landed on a tree branch over the water.
I drifted downstream, occasionally paddling against the wind, to the dirt road boat ramp (the one across from the life-size Frosty the Snowman balloon suspended from a tree branch, perhaps you are familiar with it), where I got out to stretch my legs. And then I had a wonderful drift upstream with the wind pushing me all the way. I passed a couple in a canoe, and there were a few fishing boats on the river, but otherwise I had it to myself.
The pickerel rushes are in bloom.
I need to get to the Wakulla soon, as these flowers usually put on quite a show along the shoreline there.
It was a super day, I was on the water for five hours. The birds seem to be returning; I saw several snowy egrets. The limpkins are still here, as are the coots.
I want to thank the writer of the Pure Florida blog for his flattering remarks about this website and his link. Back at ya! Check it out for some fine photos.
I have plans to return to this river very soon. Stand by.