Sunday, May 05, 2013


We're back from vacation. The cats have forgiven us.

I'll post more tomorrow. Now to rest.

My old stand-by, the Great blue heron. They're always on the waterways.

Despite appearances, these spring boils are not thermal. Merely clear, fresh water welling up from the limestone and bubbling through the very fine white and brown sands.


MarkGelbart said...

I'm glad you're back.

You were gone so long I was afraid your kayak flipped over and you drowned or you got in a car accident or some other tragedy had befallen you.

James Robert Smith said...

We saw some great new springs. I was particularly impressed with Seven Sisters Spring (so named for seven large openings in the limestone caprock). Downriver from that one a bit was a very large spring with a huge house and compound in front of it--Carole asked me how much I thought the place was worth and I said "I dunno...two million bucks or so". Later, in the trailer I looked up local real estate on the Internet and saw that it is actually for sale--33 acres surrounded by 10K acres of public land, sitting on a major second magnitude spring, eleven bedrooms, entertainment building, boathouse, blah-blah-blah. The price? Over six million dollars! My suspicion is that they'll probably end up selling to the State of Florida for a lot less. The State is buying up almost all of the major spring sites down there. In fact, they just took possession of Silver Springs, which has been in private hands for decades.