Back to the water. Finally!!!! My wife asked me to go to Blue Spring and the idea was to obtain underwater pics of manatees, if they were on the run. I was ready with my snorkeling gear and a good attitude. The second item went down in a hurry when the lady at the gate told us; "To let you know. You are not allowed to go on the run. You can go up and down the river but the run is closed." Bummer. That defeated the purpose. The Blue Spring Run is officially closed from November 15 to thru March 1st but the folks at the State Park have the power to change that if they think is necessary. Well, 69 manatees at the run is enough to make it necessary and as disappointing as it was, also understand why it is done. So made lemonade from lemons.
|Manatee @ Blue Spring|
Put In / Take Out: Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Fl. Check the link for information.
Did not have enough time to cast your votes for the opening pic so my wife decided that the manatee mom with the calf was the chosen one. She is the boss. After spending a few minutes at the confluence of the run with the St. Johns we headed upriver to the island across the French Avenue's boat ramp, where I was counting to find manatees since have seen them there in the past. It was then when wifey spotted this beauty in a tree top a few meters North of the confluence to our right. After taking some eagle's pics we headed to the island and explored the west side of that area, usually rich in wildlife but not today.
|Red Shouldered Hawk|
Here are more pics from this kayaking trip...
|Juvenile Little Blue Heron|
|Tri-Colored Heron and Moorhen|
|Red Shouldered Hawks|
|Kayakers and Tour boat|
|Little Blue Heron|
|Great Blue Heron|
|State Park Boardwalk view: Gator and turtles at Blue Spring Run|
|Cormorant downs a fish|
|Manatee at Blue Spring Run|
And that is it for this one. Thanks for reading and hope you liked this one. Come back for the next one. We will share more Views From Our Kayak.