Put In / Take Out: DeLeon Springs State Park. Please check other posts from this location for information. Am sure I had posted links to DeLeon Springs State Park. You will find all the information you need.
As I mentioned at the beginning it was tough to paddle at this location on this particular day. The outflow of the springs goes to a nice lagoon or mini lake where the wind was not as brutal but at the open waters of Spring Garden Lake the story was different. Very tough to take pics of flying eagles, swallow tail kites, ospreys, and hawks controlling your kayak and preventing your hat from flying 50 feet away in the process. Let me stop whining. Let us go to the pics.
|Great Blue Heron|
|Little Blue Heron|
In the distance was able to ID a Bald Eagle trying to catch a fish while battling the wind. Paddled as hard as I could to position myself with the Sun behind me and at least try to get a decent shot of the eagle. The wind moved it farther from me and was not able to do much. Excuse me for the poor quality of the pics. Were the only ones I got.
Was taking a pic of this sub adult, its body feathers are not completely brown yet as it still has white ones, when an adult came and chased it out of the area. Here is...The Chase...(again...sorry about the low quality of the pics)
|The Chase is ON!!!!|
|Adult up to the right and sub adult to the left. See the difference in the feather colors|
|Hail the conquer hero!!!!!!!|
Went into Spring Garden Creek, where I usually paddle all the way down to Lake Woodruff. Not today. The wind was really strong in my back and was going to face on my way back. Did paddle 30 minutes or so and decided to return to the State Park...
|Tri Colored Heron|
|Alligator at Spring Garden Creek|
|Great Blue Heron|
|Juvenile Little Blue Heron|
And this is it. Do really have to make an effort to kayak more often. Too many things going on at the same time but still enjoy kayaking and shooting pics as the first day I tried it almost 7 years ago. Stay tuned. There will be more Views From Our Kayak soon.