After being housebound due to the weather and surgery, yesterday I decided to take my girls and head over to a favorite local state park…Blue Spring. Some of you have seen it before, but if you’re anything like me…can’t get enough of it!!
We were only there about 50 minutes, but oh how sweet those 50 minutes were!!
The temp was in the low 60’s, the sun was shining warm on my face, and was surrounded by clear blue skies….Ahhhhh….just what I needed!!
Come take it all in with me!!
This is the beautiful run that flows from the spring.
This sign greets you as you take your first steps onto the boardwalk that lines the run. There are observation decks built out over the water so everyone can enjoy an up-close and personal view of the run and the wildlife that make it their home.
The water is crystal clear, and such a lovely color! If a tree falls into the water and doesn’t block the whole run, they leave it right where it fell, as they did with these two palm trees.
Little Miss Em is jumping for joy because she is here and they have a big field she can run in. You can see her feet off the ground! She is so much fun to watch!!
Spanish moss and this cute little fern adorn the trees.
The manatees make this their winter home, and they are such a delight to see!
There were only 24 counted today, but at peak they have counted almost up to 200. This is the only one that was close enough to get a photo of. I don’t think this one is very old. It was just resting still in the water.
Hmmm…is that a log in the distance??? UH….NO!!! That’s a GATOR!! And using my professional gator spotter eye I would say that he sits a pretty….8-9 feet long!! Just about medium sized!! Yes sweet friends; in Florida if there is water…there are gators. We do actually even swim in the run a little closer to the spring head, and we are perfectly safe. They are actually quite bashful and don’t like a lot of activity. Imagine that…them scared of us!! HA!!!
Right smack in the middle of this pic is another gator rather well camouflaged. Can you see him??
Little Miss Em “I want to sit in the shade”! So sit she did!!
This is just the natural beauty of the Florida I love at it’s finest!
My oldest Sam and her Little Miss Em on the way out!!
Hope you enjoyed the fresh air and the lovely scenery!
It truly just delights my soul to be outdoors and surrounded by the handiwork of our mighty God!!
Have a joyful Wednesday, and spread some of your sunshine around!!