Saturday December 17, 2016 Most Recent Posts:
Silver Springs State Park Headed to Silver Springs, the Dreaded Oil Light Comes On
Silver Springs, Florida One out of Two Isn’t Bad
There are several trails at Silver Springs and I figure we’ll have time to walk at least two of them. We walked the river trail taking the kayaks down to the dock so today we do our favorite, the Swamp trail. Each of the trails is about 2 1/4 miles long round trip.
The swamp trail begins in the forest and is lined with palmettos and Sable Palms, Florida’s state tree.
When Sable Palms are young they are difficult for me to tell apart from the palmettos. I have to look at the fan. The Sable has a spear center and the palmetto a semi circle.
Such thick undergrowth of palmettos with their sharp fron blades made traversing and exploriung the interior of Florida very difficult. Imagine walking through here with no path.
You know when you’ve come to the swamp part when you see the boardwalk that takes you over it and to the river front.
Looking back down the river. On my paddle yesterday this is about how far I got before I turned around.
I caught this anhinga in mid swallow. Take a look at that neck.
The fish is making its way down. I never get over the size of the fish they swallow whole.
He is soon back at it, fishing right from the rock..
Widening my view looking up the river, I can see a cormorant on a fallen tree trunk on the left.
Both the cormorant and the anhinga dive underwater to search for fish and fly in the air landing in trees. The both spread their wings to dry them. They are often mistaken for each other. The cormorant has the hooked bill and yellow facial markings.
On our way back across the boardwalk we run into a guided trail hike we didn’t know about. The are almost finished but the guide points out some some wild lilies just over the edge of the boardwalk.. They are really small and we would never have noticed them had he not pointed them out.
Back at the ranch, David whips up some oatmeal pancakes for breakfast.
It’s just a lovely morning so we are cooking and eating outside. What a way to spend a December breakfast. SO glad we’re not in the mid atlantic any more.
Yes these are chocolate chip pancakes with mixed fruit as the syrup or genuine maple syrup we brought back this summer from South Londonderry Vermont.
Mmmmm – good!
Tomorrow is the paddle all the way up the Silver River to the Spring Head, hope to see some gators and the monkeys.