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From the UK to the Wild and Scenic Wekiva, life is good... 24/7/14






Over from the UK for a few weeks of play Janet's family decided a kayak tour of the Wekiva River was in order. We got to spent a half day exploring around and on the way to Wilson's Landing we saw several Anhingas and Moorhens. The Scarlet Hibiscus and Pink Mallow are in full bloom and the shade of the treeline was much appreciated. Up by spring island a little Alligator came out as if to say hello. As we drifted towards Katie's Landing we were looking forward to having a picnic and we found the perfect table in the shade of the huge Oak trees to enjoy our lunch break. We headed toward the St Johns River and the mighty Great Blue Herons showed up along with the Great Egrets and Limpkins. The Turtles were out sunning and the Little Blue Herons in the white and in the blue phases graced us with their presence. As we watched the Ospreys dive for fish, to our surprise we caught a glimpse of a Manatee coming up for a breath of air. The sky was that Summertime blue and the day... a great one to be on the water.

Drifting down the run June 19, 2014






As we drifted down Rock Springs Run for a couple of miles we passed Spider Lilies, Water Hemlock and Pickerel Weed in bloom. The Air Plant hanging from the Oak Trees is lighting up too. We got to see several Turtles sunning on the logs and fish darting about in the clear water. A Limpkin watched us watch him as we drifted by and we got to see a "fresh out of the nest" Great Blue Heron out feeding. We paddled up to the sand bar, stretched our legs and got our feet wet while we enjoyed our snack break. It was an awesome morning to be on the water!

Our Summer Manatee Encounter June 10, 2014










There was lots happening on the St Johns River, the Great Blue Heron was the bird of the day. There are new young birds out learning how to feed, some even fishing with the Boys on the Bank ;-). Others are still in the nest not even ready for their first flight yet. There were several other birds about, we saw the Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, lots of Osprey and found 2 Limpkins walking the shaded shoreline looking for freshwater Mussels. They must do well here because there were several shells already cracked open and laying on the ground. The Manatee Gods were with us today and presented us with a lone Manatee up in the spring run. There must be hundreds of Long-nosed Gar, Mullet and Talipia up in the cool, clear, spring fed waters too. The Button Bush is in full bloom now and the river is a welcome place to spend the day! 

A Rock Springs Run kind of day 5-22-14




Hot day, cool water and a Rock Springs Run tour fits right into that slot nicely. We had a Great Egret flyby and the Spider Lilly is in bloom now. It was a great day for the Turtles, the fish are bedding and the Apple Snail Eggs are everywhere. That's a good sign ;-). We had a male Gator go off about 10 yards away in the heavy vegetation. It's an amazingly unique sound they make during the breeding season when they are calling for a girl. We also got to see a Great Blue Heron, Limpkin, Red-shouldered Hawk and the Water Hemlock is  blooming too. The Airplants on the Oaks, Giant Leather Ferns along the way and the cool, clean, clear water is always a welcome sight.

Blue Springs Paddling May 5th, 2014



What a joy it is to paddle among the Spatterdock Water Lilies, Elderberry and Moon Flower Vine all in bloom. The Great Blue Heron's youngsters with their heads still full of down are almost ready to leave the nest. The orange Dodder Vine adds more color to the river as it covers the Milkweed. The Osprey, successful in his fishing efforts, flew over our heads with catch in claw. While up the spring run with it's clear water and Oak Trees for shade we got to see lots of fish and watch as the Turtles and Gators were sunning on the logs. Then we traveled out to Snake Creek. It's a totally different side of the river and there was a young Barred Owl chattering which made him really easy to spot back in the trees. The morning was a bit crisp and the warm breeze of the afternoon was welcome as well. It was an awesome day to be on the water!

Exploring the St Johns River Orange City, FL Wednesday April 9th, 2014




This was Mary Jo and Alice's second day on the river with Kenny and wow what a difference 12 hours can make. From yesterday's drizzle to picture perfect 70 degrees and full on Florida Sunshine! Everything else was out too. The Great Blue Heron on the nest feeding those newbies, a Limpkin bumping around, Little Blue Herons phasing out of white into their adult blue coloring, Moorhens, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Purple Gallinule, Cormorants, Osprey and more... The reptiles were out; Red-bellied and River Cooter Turtles and there were a few Alligators out sunning too. On the way back there was a big fellow moving along in the river and as he came up on this floating Garfish he all the sudden grabbed that thing and did the crunch a munch...it was wild. There are lots of flowers poping as well. The Pickerel Weed, Lance-leaf Arrowhead, Indigo, Spatterdock and Elderberry have all come out to celebrate Spring.    

If you were a Birder ...March 19, 2014






If you were a Bird Watcher, today's paddle on the St Johns River would have been heaven. The Purple Gallinule flew right above the Spadderdock water lilies and gave us a show. The Great Blue Herons are nesting up in the Cypress Trees while the Bald Eagle was sitting above watching over his territory. Green Herons, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Moorhens and we even  found a pair of Limpkins with their chick fresh out of the nest. There were lots of little Gators and Turtles sunning, fresh Florida Sunshine and once again the river was the place to be.

Yaking with the Smyrna Yacht Club 3/1/14















We got to celebrate the 1st of March with the Smyrna Yacht Club and a ton of fun that was. As we started on our journey, the St Johns River was rolling fog. We paddled around the island and got to see quite a few birds. The Great Blues are still sitting on their nests and a 2nd nest is being built in the rookery tree. The Little Blue Herons, white and blue phase, Snowy and Great Egrets, Cormorants, and Anhingas were good at keeping us company and we got the watch an American Bittern fly by. The Moorhens came out to say hello too and then we headed for the Manatee spot. There were a few milling around our kayaks and the Bald Eagle watched over us and called for her mate. The Green Fly Orchids are getting ready to send out some new shoots too. Then we headed to Snake Creek to see what we could find. A Wood Stork was hiding in the Willows which are popping with new green leaves and the Maples, Ash and Elms are all starting to come out as well. On the way back, we got to see a Sandhill Crane making a nest and the White Ibis were all roosting in their tree. There was a parade of C-Dorys that went by and the sun came out to blow off the fog. After seeing the big Gator sunning himself on the bank, a nice surprise was more Manatees that came out to play. Some right up next to our kayaks again. It turned out to be a beautiful day and a great group of people to spend it with!