|Those dark forms are manatees. Excuse please, this is an iPOD picture..|
|Blue Springs State Park is a dedicated Manatee Refuge |
and winter home to a growing number of West Indian Manatees
|Gar hang out there too.|
|So do alligators.|
|And non-native Tilapia. This is a male, fanning out a nest space.|
Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. John's River. St. John's River cruises are offered..or you can launch your own canoe or kayak. These pictures are from the cruise boat.
|Early spring on the St. Johns.|
|Great Blue Heron..of course!|
|A super sighting of an American Bittern!|
|Mistletoe in the trees. A hemiparasite.|
|A baby alligator..|
|Mom not far away..|
|The obligatory Anhinga drying it's wings. |
Poor birds do not have waterproofed feathers.
|A young Cypress forest.|
The original was cut down for it's high-quality wood.
|White Ibises in the trees.|
|What are you looking at?|
Osprey, beautiful "Fish Hawk"
|We are enjoying the sun..|
|Spanish Moss and Spadderdock.|
Tick, tock, time to head to the dock,
back to the other Florida..