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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 12:49 PM GMT on July 31, 2013

07:10, 73F, foggy. waning crescent moon up in the south. pale gold sunrise. 3 deer browsing grape vines on edge of cactus field. morning walk down lane with pup and guardian. sheep in pasture.
11:00 high tide falling at CK. SE wind, 8 knts. 82F. black clouds and rain to the west.
fed cat. boxed up dried trawl for mending. got guys to put mended bait seine in shed. mended rest of 600 - ready for loading into net well of boat. long lab meeting. hot with gnats in boat yard. partly cloudy, partly sunny.
16:10, low tide rising at #4 bridge. a spoonbill flies over. whew! pink! west wind, 8 knts. 84F.
more spoonbills and some egrets out in the shallows.
16:40, 85F, mostly cloudy. guardian met me at gate. 3 deer by fallen oak, cross lane into cactus field.
19:00, 80F. overcast, gray. got 4 eggs. donkeys hanging around hay roll.
20:50, 77F, mostly cloudy. distant thunder to north. one star hanging in the south.

Updated: 2:21 AM GMT on August 01, 2013

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By: marsHen, 12:22 PM GMT on July 30, 2013

06:30, 73F, a fog. waning horned moon over sheep pasture. roosters crowing. walked pup. guardian in corral. hay guy delivering a hay roll this a.m. for donkeys.
10:50, donkeys got hay roll. low lying pastures along 345 flooded in some areas. several cows standing belly-deep in a pond.
high tide falling at CK. east wind, 3 knts. sunny. 83F.
fed cat. washed 2 trawls and hung them to dry. almost done mending 600 ft. seine except for two large holes at the end. bugs not bad.
16:10, low tide rising at #4 bridge. snowy egrets and muddy spoonbills wading in shallows. west wind, 8 knts. 86F. warm.
got a dove icecream bar for the ride home.
19:20, 79F, mostly cloudy, drizzling. rained earlier. mosquitoes out. got 1 egg. sheep want hay. donkeys not sure about hay. they'll remember.
21:30, 77F, overcast. no stars. a lot of lightning to the south and SE. light show in the clouds. several pairs of green eyes under oaks in cactus field. probably deer. breeze from south, deer to north, pup is unaware. so is guardian. makes you wonder...

Updated: 3:05 AM GMT on July 31, 2013

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By: marsHen, 12:38 PM GMT on July 29, 2013

06:50, 73F, fog in pasture. waning crescent moon over sheep woodlot. sun rising clear and bright. roosters crowing. walked pup. guardian checking down the lane. dixie perusing the compost pile. deer in donkey woodlot. elderberries setting fruit - dark bunches of small tart berries. oregano, pink and red roses, milkweed, and white and red salvia blooming.
10:50. several wild turkeys running along the shoulder of 345. medium tide falling at CK. 83F, SW wind, 4 knts. sunny. solitary spoonbills and egrets working the edges of the spartina and oyster bars. white pelicans resting on sand bars.
don't know if they're early arrivals or just didn't leave. did not see any white pelicans may/june.
fed cat who killed a little garter snake. damn cat. but he does protect the nets from rats and mice. hung, washed, dried, and mended last bait seine. continued mending 600 ft. seine. almost done unless there's a surprise at the end. enough breeze to keep no-see-ums down.
16:10, low tide rising at #4 bridge. sunny. SW wind, 6 knts. 86F. spoonbills in small groups perusing the flats. brown pelicans on oyster bar. bald eagle flies over lab.
stopped and picked some going-to-seed little white astors and seeding brown-eyed susans. threw them in the cactus field. cypress growing. pines growing. can't see if planted pines in north part of field survived. grass and dog fennel high. guardian met me at gate.
17:50, 86F, partly cloudy. sunny. got 3 eggs. sheep in pasture. pretty warm and dry enough so that my potted plants need watering.
21:20, 80F, overcast. a mist. a few stars showing. pleasant walk with pup down the lane.

Updated: 2:46 AM GMT on July 30, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:51 AM GMT on July 28, 2013

06:30, 74F, mostly cloudy. waning half moon hazy up above. orange and purple sunrise. guardian running down the lane. walked the pup. sheep trudging out to pasture.
09:05, high tide falling at CK. east wind, 3 knts. 80F. white pelicans resting on shell bars out in the flats. late for church. lessons had started - abraham and sodom and etc. persistence being the sermon. calm at the sandspit. mosquitoes in the side streets..
12:40, low tide at #4 bridge. egrets in the mud. fed cat. west wind, 5 knts. 83F. partly cloudy, partly sunny. water in ditches along the road receding.
15:20, 85F, slight breeze. sunny. pup takes off after deer, jumps fence. warm and dry under the big oaks in the north woodlot and relatively clear of brush. doe deer leading pup a merry chase. pup panting and drooling. doe jumps north fence and faces pup. pup frustrated. a lot of terse commands. pup jumps into donkey water trough. doe returns to donkey woodlot. she looked like the doe who chased pup last month, maybe the mother of those twins. she ignores me. pup smelling like a swamp ends up with time-out in crate. hot and sweaty but a pungent reminder of the august flatwoods - the soft sand, the big banana spiders, the smell of palmetto flowers, the silence of tall trees.
19:30, 82F, partly cloudy. got 2 eggs. donkeys picking over hay. hoping a new cutting is happening. the last 2 cuttings were put up in such humid conditions the bales are aging quickly.
21:20, 78F, a mist. hazy stars. mosquitoes just won't quit. well, that's the price of rain in florida.

Updated: 3:06 AM GMT on July 29, 2013

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By: marsHen, 12:26 PM GMT on July 27, 2013

06:50, 74F, foggy. waning gibbous moon over sheep barn. roosters crowing. orange sun behind pink clouds. guardian patrolling yard. walked pup. definitely moving into deep summer.
11:30, 87F, sunny, blue skies. mosquitoes. wash on the line. sheep coming in from the pasture. guardian snoozing under truck shrugs off pup. early summer is long past. mature greens cloth the trees and shrubs. got 3" of rain these past few days. all the rain is fueling lush growth everywhere. yard is a jungle except for mowed areas. 4 o'clocks have taken over big sections of back yard. vines - potato, grape, wisteria, and virginia creeper - festoon most of the trees. clouds moving slowly from the west but negligible breeze on the ground. a lazy day.
18:00, 83F, partly cloudy. clothes dry and taken in. got 2 eggs. swept kitchen floor.
21:20, 78F, hazy. a few stars. mosquitoes.

Updated: 2:35 AM GMT on July 28, 2013

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By: marsHen, 1:49 PM GMT on July 26, 2013

06:40, 74F, foggy. roosters crowing. gray skies to the east. guardian in yard. walked pup. big snake track in lane. pup sniffs in bushes, gets pulled out. crows calling.
09:50, 80F, partly cloudy, partly sunny. a haze. several deer in west end of lane by old cow pen made from WWII landing mats. hay to donkeys. sheep out in pasture. mosquitoes never quit.
18:10, 80F, hazy. just had brief rain. got 4 eggs.
19:30, 83F. sun sinking. mist rising out of the ground. 2 deer in donkey woodlot.
21:00, 80F, overcast. dark with no stars. damp and dank with mosquitoes.
feeling good about screens and fans!

Updated: 2:11 AM GMT on July 27, 2013

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By: marsHen, 1:10 PM GMT on July 25, 2013

06:50, 72F, mostly cloudy. roosters crowing. guardian back in yard. walking the pup. msoquitoes not giving us a break. later -
10:05, 79F. a haze in the piney flatwoods. going to cowtown for lunch, supplies, checkup, publix green tea with ginsing and honey ... mid 80's mostly cloudy. warm but not hot.
15:50, 85F at back door. mostly cloudy, some sun. no evidence of rain today. turkeys on 336, closer to ellzey than rocky hammock. planted pines all flooded.
19:30, 80F, a haze. good friend helped with chores. mosquitoes coming out.
20:45, 77F, misty. some clouds. brighter stars appearing. crickets.

Updated: 2:00 AM GMT on July 26, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:58 AM GMT on July 24, 2013

06:50, 73F, foggy. sun a dazzling orange ball on the horizon. roosters crowing. guardian down the lane. walking pup, thinking of october...
half way there.
11:00, wild turkey family along 345. marsh mallow blooming. high tide rising. herons and ibis in marsh. north wind, 10 knts. 83F. sunny/cloudy. bugs bad.
finished mending trawl. a lot of holes from steinhatchee. plotted next month's sampling sites on map of our universe.
17:10, high tide at #4 bridge. puddles along the road to farm. wet guardian waiting at gate. ham for dinner.
20:10, 80F, overcast. got 3 eggs. deer in donkey woodlot.
21:30, 77F, overcast. only 1 or 2 stars showing. fireflies and spider eyes.

Updated: 3:19 AM GMT on July 25, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:19 AM GMT on July 23, 2013

06:30, 74F, overcast and drizzly. roosters crowing. guardian back in yard. quick walk with pup before the downpour. folks in lower areas are starting to wish they were elsewhere. this old farm was built on first high ground between rocky hammock and CK, excluding the sandhills of the scrub. good drainage here but the road out has a low spot that's full of water now. the woods are full, as my daddy would say ...
10;00, low tide rising at CK. 78F, hardly a breeze. small flock of white pelicans on an oyster bar.
fed cat. worked on trawl. almost done. rainy.
16:00, 78F, west wind, 20 knts. whitecaps. very high tide at #4 bridge. ibis and woodstorks in flooded marsh.
17:30, 79F, overcast. a mist. no eggs. mosquitoes awful.
21:00, 77F, overcast. foggy. no full moon, no stars.

Updated: 3:01 AM GMT on July 24, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:31 AM GMT on July 22, 2013

06:30, 72F, foggy. peach skies to the east. roosters crowing. guardian in yard. walked pup. mosquitoes annoying. blueberry pancakes for breakfast. with bacon and fresh coffee.
thinking the new royal will be a female.
not.
09:45. 78F, mist. spotted twin fawns in cactus field. wild turkey wading though ditch along 345. high tide at CK. herons in marsh. low 80's, breezy, sunny, cloudy.
fed cat. washing trawl #1 and bait seine. drizzle. seine dried. mended bait seine. stowed it. trawl dry. boxed it. rain.
15:30, high tide at #4 bridge. heading to cowtown for feed. heavy showers along the way.
19:30, 79F, overcast/mist. got 0.8" rain while at work. wet down guardian met me at the gate. feed store guys gave me wrong feed. man.. same bag, wrong feed. got 5 eggs. humid with mosquitoes. steamed clams with potatos and corn for dinner.
21:20, 77F, overcast. dogs playing with clamshells. the occasional star. waning full moon an ivory presence in the ESE, when clouds allow. a mist. a fog. frogs in the distance.

Updated: 11:22 AM GMT on July 23, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:36 AM GMT on July 21, 2013

06:30, 71F, mostly cloudy. heavy rains with lightning last night before midnight. sunrise - salmon streaks in the ENE. roosters crowing. guardian barking at burn barrel. walked pup down the lane while guardian checked cactus field. dixie barking under the house. scrambled eggs for breakfast.
08:30, 76F, partly cloudy. 2 wild turkeys chest deep in a peanut field..
09:00, high tide rising at CK. slight west breeze, 82F. church was good. the lesson was one of my favorites, abraham before his tent, and the 3 strangers under the oaks of mamre..
12:10, really high tide at #4 bridge. salt flats flooded. fed cat.
14:30, 86F, partly cloudy. mowed back, west side, and partial front yard. sunny. hot and sweaty. read sunday papers under fan.. funnies funny.
20:50, 78F, partly cloudy. got 1 egg. guardian in sheep pasture. waxing almost-full butter moon shining in the ESE. can see the rabbit. stars.

Updated: 3:08 AM GMT on July 22, 2013

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By: marsHen, 1:02 PM GMT on July 20, 2013

07:10, 73F, overcast. sunrise a thin gold line in the ENE. let guardian back in yard. walked pup. roosters crowing. mosquitoes.
11:30, 84F, mostly cloudy, some sun. thunder to the SW. mosquitoes. burning yard trash. starts to sprinkle. cows in south field lying down.
19:20, 77F, overcast, misty. rain, on and off all afternoon. got 2 eggs. sheep yard is a marsh. lawn needs mowing. deer in donkey woodlot. pup sees 'em..
20:50, 75F, mostly cloudy. waxing ivory moon in the SE .. lovely. a mist. fireflies.

Updated: 1:53 AM GMT on July 21, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:26 AM GMT on July 19, 2013

06:40, 73F, foggy. sun's just clearing treeline, a gold light. roosters crowing. guardian patroling yard. dixie barking under house. got 1.2" of rain yesterday evening. muffin with blue cheese for breakfast.
10:00 downpour in rosewood. way high tide in CK. south wind, 17 knts. 75F.
fed cat. mended 600 ft. seine. almost done. washed and stowed gear. no-see-ums bothersome.
15:20, high tide at #4 bridge. south wind, 10 knts. 80F. woodstorks and ibis in spartina. roseate spoonbills standing on a dock railing. dark sky in NW.
16:00, 90F in sun at back door. partly cloudy/ mostly cloudy. some sun. intermitant rain/drizzle. big branch fell in the back by the donkey water. missed fence and troughs! mosquitoes awful.
19:50, 80F, mostly cloudy. got 4 eggs.
21:20, 78F. waxing gibbous moon high in SE. rainbow ring circles an elusive moon. guardian in sheep pasture. a damp summer night in the country.

Updated: 1:48 AM GMT on July 20, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:00 AM GMT on July 18, 2013

05:50, 73F, overcast. wolf light. roosters crowing. songbirds twittering in bushes. guardian out prowling. dixie barking under house. brief walk with pup. coffee...
09:30, 79F, sunny. 2 turkeys run across the road. 6-8 black, bristly piney rooter piglets with larger pig rootin in the swampy ditches.
10:00 high tide falling at CK. 78F, east wind, 10 knts. frigate birds circling on the wind.
fed cat. wet lab, recording fish workup.
16:10, low tide falling. west wind, 5 knts. clouding up. dark clouds to east. taking 347 to crossroads country store for gas. 2 more turkeys cross road. swallow-tail kites working the swamp treetops. water is high in the swamps and creeks.
19:30, 85F. overcast. needed to take wash in before it rained, not after it started raining.. not doing chores in a downpour.
20:30, 83F. soggy out. overcast, no moon, no stars. crickets and frogs carrying on. 2 fat armadillos down by sheep barn. pup got nuts. armadillos took off, right into barn! dragged pup away. no 'dilla bashin' tonight. good night moon, up there behind the clouds.

Updated: 3:08 AM GMT on July 19, 2013

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north florida - wild florida - # 4 channel

By: marsHen, 10:24 AM GMT on July 17, 2013

05:20, 73F, hazy. some stars showing. woke up roosters. let guardian out. walked pup. another day, another adventure..
07:30, high tide falling at CK. b'rer rabbit crosses road along the way. 75F, NE wind, 10-12. breezy and sunny.
sampled fish populations between preacher's hole and # 4 channel. strong outgoing tide. pulled 4 sets with the 600 ft. seine. some hard pulls with strong currents and heavy catches. stingrays coming into the estuary to have their pups. measured 4 different species of a lot of rays. captured big black drum, YOY sharks, trout, a shad, jacks, menhaden, and whiting - all identified, measured, counted, and tossed back. bait net brought in young-of-the-year (YOY) permit, spadefish, and cobia (a rarity up here in the north.) water temps, 28-29C, 82-84F, and dark as coffee from the waters rushing out of the suwannee. a light chop. set bait seine on derrick key which is washing away, but still has black mangroves and several sandbars where birds rest - brown pelicans, royal terns, gull terns, dowitchers, and willets. YOY permit, a snapper, anchovies in the seine.
clouding up on way back to marina.
15:20, low tide at #4 bridge. spoonbills and egrets perusing the mud flats. 85F, NE wind, 10-12 knts. mostly cloudy. some sun.
17:30, 88F at back door. partly cloudy, sunny. not much of a breeze. got 5 eggs.
21:00, 81F. mostly cloudy, a haze a fog. waxing gibbous moon behind a gauze of clouds. no stars.

Updated: 3:14 AM GMT on July 18, 2013

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By: marsHen, 9:47 AM GMT on July 16, 2013

05:30, 75F, a mist. brighter stars showing. intermittant roosters. guardian out barking. dixie barking under house. walked pup. mosquitoes.
08:30, high tide on the suwannee river. swift current. east wind, 13 knts. 78F, partly cloudy, sunny. a lovely day.
sampling the fishes in the back creeks of the suwannee river delta. caught the usual suspects - a lot of anchovies and scaled sardines (Harengula jaguana) in the bait seine and a few spot, pinfish and leather jackets. did 2 sets with the 600 ft. seine which caught young mullet, sting rays, several sheepshead, and a good sampling of young redfish, those beautiful bronze fish with the spots on their tails. water was very dark from tannin. water temperature in the mid-80's, still refreshing. saw no alligators today and few birds other than ospreys and a night heron. a noisy marsh hen cackled at us from the sawgrass by hog island. we have a new hire who seems uncomfortable in the dark water and the dense sawgrass covered banks we were working from today. the breezes were wonderful and the skyscapes were magnificent with towering cumulus. a fantastic day on the water!
14:10, east wind, 10 knts. 84F. picked up some sheep food on the way home. guardian met me at the gate. sheep out in the pasture. walked the pup. took a nap.
18:30, 81F, clouding up. thunder to the east. got 2 eggs. nice breeze, mosquitoes not quite as bad. praise the Lord! deer out in the cow pasture to the south.
21:10, 76F, hazy. waxing little more than half moon high in the sky. ring around the moon. more stars than I've seen in several weeks. usually, the night skies in this area are marvelous since there are no nearby towns to dim the skies. but in the past year, the sky has either been foggy, hazy, or overcast a majority of the time. even last winter, conditions were not great for star gazing. wondering how long this is going to continue..

Updated: 3:21 AM GMT on July 17, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:46 AM GMT on July 15, 2013

06:30, 73F, a mist. roosters up. sun a pale smudge in the east. walked pup. let guardian out to fight the mosquitoes. dixie barking under the house. smelled a skunk. feeling sorry for all the sodden, mosquito-plagued wildlife in north florida..
10:00, high falling tide at CK. herons in the marsh. 77F, east wind, 10 knts.
mended the 600 ft. seine. not finished yet but past the bag. cat kept me company. hot with mosquitoes. some breeze. had big fan blowing on the cat and myself.
16:10, low tide rising at #4 bridge. 77F. east wind, 15 knts. drizzling. wind feels good! spoonbills back in the marsh to the east.
18:10, 81F at back door. dry all day. got dogs' towels dry. got 2 eggs. east wind, 12 knts. felt wonderful. propane truck finally showed up. dixie under the house. dolce in cactus field. no one likes the gas truck. sheep spent most of day in pasture.
21:30, waxing horned moon covered by mist and clouds. almost half. no stars. a slight breeze. lightning to SE.

Updated: 3:14 AM GMT on July 17, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:18 AM GMT on July 14, 2013

06:30, 72F. partly cloudy. dawn. roosters crowing. let guardian out to fight mosquitoes. walked pup briefly. longer walk and chores coming up. last night - a florescent orange sunset. perhaps the rain is ending for now. perhaps not.. need to do a wash. and get it dry.
09:00, high tide at CK. east wind, 10 knts. 76F. sunny.
church was good. good samaritan lesson.
11:00, high tide at #4 bridge. east wind, 5 knts. fed cat. heading to treasure camp for lunch.
16:20, low 80's, clouding up. storm coming in from east. thunder. took half-dry wash in. got 1" rain.
20:50, 77F, mostly cloudy. waxing crescent moon, cloud shrouded, in WSW. mosquitos awful.

Updated: 2:42 AM GMT on July 15, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:51 AM GMT on July 13, 2013

06:05, 73F, overcast. rising sun just a glow behind clouds. roosters crowing. mosquitoes so bad guardian slept in mud porch last night. dixie went under the house again. drizzling. stuff out in the gulf tracking ENE. not doing a wash ...
17:10, 74F, overcast. poured all morning. got 3.8" of rain. took advantage of a break to go to cowtown for groceries. some cows lying down. bought a mosquito zapper but so far haven't heard it zapping. dogs covered with them. humid but cool.
08:50, 73F, mostly cloudy. waxing crescent moon ducking behind clouds in WSW. deer in donkey woodlot. mosquito zapper not zapping. will try another outlet tomorrow. otherwise, back to tractor supply. mosquitoes just awful. need something to help knock them back. a breeze would help but no breeze today. not even when the rain moves in.

Updated: 2:06 AM GMT on July 14, 2013

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By: marsHen, 7:25 PM GMT on July 12, 2013

15:21, 83F. overcast.
sunny in a.m. but just when the grass dried from last night's rain and I started mowing, it began raining again.
local company supposed to deliver propane today but seems to have forgotten. no one answers the phone at the office. motherfuckingsonofabitch. I took today off work for this. damn..
20:50, 77F, overcast. cloud bank to the west. deer silhouettes in donkey woodlot. got 2 eggs. yard dried enough to finish most of the mowing. no moon tonight. mosquitoes terrible.

Updated: 1:31 AM GMT on July 13, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:26 AM GMT on July 11, 2013

06:40, 72F, a haze. sun's coming up golden. roosters crowing. walked pup. fried flounder for breakfast. dixie restless in pen. guardian sleeping under truck.
pup eats computer cord while I'm at work, knocking me off the internet.
21:20, 78F. drizzling. got 1.0" rain. walking rotten pup. mosquitoes bad. waxing thin crescent moon appears in a break in the clouds over the sheep barn in the west.

Updated: 7:04 PM GMT on July 12, 2013

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By: marsHen, 9:03 AM GMT on July 10, 2013

04:40, 74F, a haze. some stars. woke roosters up. pb&j for breakfast. packed a lunch. walked pup. hay to donkeys. guardian sleeping under truck.
05:50, 74F. light fog.
feeling puny. bowed out of field trip today. went back to bed.
14:20, 89F, sunny. hot.
18:40, 85F, partly cloudy. got 2 eggs. large black racer on back steps. mosquitoes getting annoying. bothering dogs. mosquito zapper not working. imperceptably, days get shorter.
20:50, 79F, waxing crescent moon obscured by trees. bats out hunting insects. not as much frog song this year as last. worrisome but maybe they will pick up as summer progresses. we can only hope.

Updated: 3:24 AM GMT on July 11, 2013

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By: marsHen, 2:37 PM GMT on July 09, 2013

07:10, 74F, clear. sun's up. roosters crowing. snagged dixie when she came out from under the house to finish off pup's dinner and put her in the pen where she will stay for a few days until she understands that bruiser is gone, thunder won't hurt her, and we are all friends.. she grew up in the pen so it's nothing new and unfamiliar. hung out a wash.
11:20. low tide rising at CK. great blue on the oyster bar.
fed cat. finished mending final back-up trawl. hoping that chantel will just move out into the atlantic. cat got salmon for supper.
16:10: high tide at #4 bridge. brief but intense rain storms after 2 p.m. black to the north.
less than a quarter tank of gas, the gas gauge nudging the red line, heading for the crossroads' pure gas, 25 miles away where it's hot and sunny. hay guy calls. square bales just coming out of the field. get gas! feed run. hay run.
17:40, 85F, dry, hazy at the farm. unload feed and hay. barn smells lovely. sheep and donkey chores early. got 5 eggs. wash dry.
20:40, 82F., still hazy. mostly cloudy. cirrus.
mosquitoes - small, sharp ones. dogs fed and walked. guard dog digging a hole by the truck. good night, sheep.

Updated: 2:06 AM GMT on July 10, 2013

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By: marsHen, 10:46 AM GMT on July 08, 2013

05:30, 73F. pink skies in the east. mostly clear. woke up roosters. walked pup. packing a lunch.
08:00, medium tide rising at CK. 78F, SE wind, 10 knts. sunny.
sampling the fishes of suwannee sound. 4 offshore sets with the bait seine and 6 trawls offshore. deepest trawl was 6 meters, 19' of water. visibility good. a few pods of bait - one with mackerel bothering them. cormorants, brown pelicans. identified, measured, and counted our catch. one trawl netted 13 atlantic stingrays. another some flat fish. another, 18 florida fighting conches as by-catch. bait net snagged mostly anchovies, and YOY thread-fin herring. sun got hot. glad for the bimini top. clouds mostly cirrus that blew off from the west. water temps, mid 80's. comb jellies abound. trawled up a very heavy, coral and barnacle encrusted slab . back overboard. strange object.
16:00, 86F, west wind, 3 knts. bought a dove ice cream bar and headed home.
18:30, 84F, clouding up. distant thunder. mowed until thunder got close. west yard and back to the clothesline. never got any rain. just thunder rummaging around in the pines. got 3 eggs.
21:20, 78F, mostly cloudy. stars visible directly above. fog forming. firecrackers - lightning/thunder.

Updated: 3:29 AM GMT on July 09, 2013

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By: marsHen, 11:40 AM GMT on July 07, 2013

06:30, 74F, fog in pasture. blue sky, sun coming up. buried old jack russell next to reddog - 2 good dogs. sprinkled marigold seeds on her grave. old russell was 17 years, 7 months old. walked pup. roosters crowing. crows calling. songbirds twittering. sheep in pasture. donkeys want hay. life goes on at the farm.
mid-80's and afternoon showers.
22:00, 74F, foggy. dark. some stars.

Updated: 10:38 AM GMT on July 08, 2013

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By: marsHen, 1:46 PM GMT on July 06, 2013

07:30, 74F, blue skies, sunny. roosters crowing. crows cawing. walked pup and old russell. sheep out in the pasture. doing a wash.
09:30, 78F, clouds trucking from SE. crop duster plane working over the corn and peanut field to the NE. probably trying to head off the mold from all this rain. farmers have a hard lot sometimes but don't feel real bad for this one farmer who irrigated 24/7 to get his corn up. that puts a big dent in the water table during dry times.
15:20, 92F, clouding up but still sunny. wash almost dry. opened west windows in kitchen, scrubbed floor.
18:30, 88F, mostly cloudy. got more hay from hay guy who was baling hay into round rolls, "for cows." asked if he ever looked at the radar. "it scares me," he answered, "so I don't look.." told him there was still rain in the gulf since he mentioned cutting more hay. he laughed..
21:00, 79F, a mist. some stars out. lightning to the south. flashes in the clouds and thuds to the north. seemed more like fireworks than an electrical storm. pup signals "a presence" in sheep woodlot. smells like a buck..

Updated: 3:14 AM GMT on July 07, 2013

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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 1:08 PM GMT on July 05, 2013

06:30, 70F. sun's up. blue skies. a few wispy clouds. roosters crowing. walked pup and old russell. guardian shows up and has a wrestle with pup. everything's soggy. donkeys want hay.
10:40, 81F at farm. water high in ditches along the road. large ponds in cow pastures. 3 little black bristly pigs rooting in the ditch.
11:10, high tide falling at CK. east wind, 10 knts. 79F.
fed cat. trawls got good rinse yesterday. were dry by noon. packed trawls. trawls good to go except one needs the cod end sleeve checked for rips from catfish and stingray spines.
16:10, medium tide at #4 bridge. one flock spoonbills sifting mud flat. another back east on oyster bar.
13:20. brief storm, winds, 15-20 knts. white caps, rain. several of these.
16:40, rain/drizzle along the road. drizzling at farm. 79F, SE wind, 10 knts. guardian waiting at gate. her triple coat protects her from getting totally soaked in all this rain.
20:50, 75F, slight south breeze. several hard showers, got 1.6" of rain. mostly cloudy. got 2 eggs. can see 1 star. must be a planet..

Updated: 2:38 AM GMT on July 06, 2013

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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 1:52 PM GMT on July 04, 2013

07:30, 73F, mostly cloudy. sun's up. roosters crowing. walked pup and old russell. some blue sky showing. sheep out in pasture. cut back mulberry that had leaned over and obscured the lane. got 1.6" rain yesterday.
09:30, 75F, partly cloudy, partly sunny. doing a wash. mulberry branches going to sheep. humid.
13:10, 81F, clouding up. brief shower. took clothes off line, hung them in house. got 1 egg.
19:20, 73F, raining now. raining on and off most of the afternoon. coming either from the south or SE. thunder in the distance. north florida is experiancing a significant rain event. the suwannee river is very high. since it drains most of south georgia, we should get intense flooding within the next few day. according to dr. masters who, finally, looks our way, this is due to the position of the jet stream. thunder approaching. logging off. can't risk the computer.
21:20, 72F, drizzling. got another egg. no stars out tonight. shrill toad song coming from herb garden.

Updated: 3:04 AM GMT on July 05, 2013

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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 1:22 PM GMT on July 03, 2013

07:20, 73F, partly cloudy. walked pup and russell. moisture dripping from roof. roosters crowing. doing a wash. toast and coffee for breakfast. big wash tub that pup plays in which I emptied last week is full to the top with rain water. it's about 15" deep. got 1.0" rain last night.
10:30, 79F, a mist. mostly cloudy, some sun at farm but rain along 345 to work. peacock strolling in ditch. doe with 2 large spotted fawns crosses road, ducks under wire into the woods.
11:00, high tide falling at CK. frigate birds wheeling. south wind, 15 knts. 79F.
fed cat. washed 2 trawls, laid them out to dry. finished mending #1 trawl. worked in wet lab.
14:50, high tide still falling at #4 bridge. ibis in the mud flat. south wind, 7 knts. 83F heading to old town.
17:10, huge driving storm between old town and cow town. everyone going 35 with flashers going.
19:20 79F at back door. got 1 egg. overcast.
21:20, 73F, mist/fog/clouds. 1 faint star.

Updated: 4:17 AM GMT on July 04, 2013

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north florida - wild, wet florida

By: marsHen, 10:50 AM GMT on July 02, 2013

05:30, 72F, drizzling. got 4.3" of rain yesterday. took advantage of lull in rain to do chores accompanied by pup. hay to sheep and donkeys, fed chickens. got 1 egg. guardian out and barking all over the farm. dixie mute under the house. flood watch for levy county. suwannee overflowing her banks...
09:00, 80F, overcast, a slight drizzle. rain tapering off. no field today. instead we proof data. proofed 3 months' worth! wild turkey family in cow pasture.
15:20, 84F at back door. mostly cloudy. humid with some drizzle. dry enough to bring back 6 bales of hay from hay guy who had 10" of rain yesterday.
20:50, 73F, sporatic showers. dixie ate her dinner. guardian under the truck sleeping. no stars at all. thunder and bottle rockets in the distance. starting in early.

Updated: 3:15 AM GMT on July 03, 2013

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north florida - wild florida - the out islands

By: marsHen, 10:58 AM GMT on July 01, 2013

05:40, 74F, overcast, slight drizzle. mild breeze from SW. let guardian out. dixie barking from under house. walked pup and old russell. roosters crowing. got 2.0" rain last night. supposed to go out on the water but might not - small craft warmings posted. more storms offshore.
08:00. water water everywhere. storms and water spouts, so there .. south winds, 15-20 knts with gusts to at least 30. water so high that grassy key, a small dune surrounded by spartina that usually sticks out between atsena otie and snake key, was invisible. pulled 3 sets with the 600 ft. seine. the last set, which was supposed to be on grassy key but which was moved to atsena otie netted us 80 stingrays, 3 different species, and some big gulf flounder. then the storms converged and a water spout emerged. we made a run for the marina and just barely made it under the bridge, where we attempted to remain in confused seas with 30+ knts. of wind from the SW, and lightning. managed to stay under the bridge although we got knocked about. when storms passed, we zoomed back to atsena otie, the original CK until the big hurricane of 1896 which destroyed the settlement there, measured and counted our catch, still in the net well, and retrieved our net which had been tossed into the mangroves. skies were black to the north and west so we decided to call it a day. an adventure to tell my grandkids, if I ever have any ...
15:20, 75F at back door. drizzling. walked inside dogs. took a nap.
20:20, 72F, raining. finished chores early. guardian soaking wet and in mud porch. dixie howling under the house. she hates storms. a good night for sleeping.

Updated: 1:13 AM GMT on July 02, 2013

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About marsHen

marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.