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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 11:53 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

07:00, 48f, thin clouds, light fog. hot pink sunrise. roosters crowing. guardian in cactus field comes to check me and pup out on our morning walk down lane. pup all excited. song birds singing. sheep in woodlot going out to east pasture. hung a wash on the line.
10:40, low tide rising at CK. east wind, 5 knts. 62f. cormorants and 1 gull on oyster bar. egrets on mud flats.
finished mending all trawls except the sleeve of the cod end on #4 trawl. the no-see-ums were bothersome. except for them, it was pleasant and sunny in the boat yard.
16:00, high tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 6 knts. 68f. sunny. fed cat, left for the farm.
16:30, 70f at back door. took a brief nap after quick walk with pup. clothes on the line, dry.
18:40, 68f, sun rather colorless in the west. hay to all. got 2 eggs. pup finds some nasty piece of fur crap in the yard. a lot of yelling before she gives it up.. think it was the remnants of one of the guardian's coon-kills.. yuck!
21:30, 56f. a mist. guardian all over barking. dixie joins in. pup is ready. very bright stars and planets tonight. don't know who they are but it sure is lovely! good night, stars..

Updated: 2:42 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:36 AM GMT on March 30, 2014

06:30, 51f, a mist. a few stars showing, venus climbing higher in the morning sky. roosters wake up. big red rooster wandering around in back yard. hmm. guardian shows up from direction of cactus field. pup's glad to see her. chicken feathers where red rooster roosts.
09:00 mid tide at CK. north wind, 10 knts. 53f, mostly sunny. 3 cormorants on oyster bar. white pelicans all over, flying, resting on shell bars. church was good. sermon on blind man being healed and encounters with Jesus.
13:00, fed starving cat. NW wind, 10 knts. mid tide at #4 bridge. more cormorants at oysterbar. great herons wading around. heading to scrub to visit friend.
14:00, 75 at back door in the sun. was sunny and windy in scrub. pretty in the sand pines. pretty at the farm except for chilly wind. pleasant walk with pup and guardian.
18:00, 65f. everyone got hay. repotted tomato plants. filled in dog holes. got 3 eggs. pork chops for supper. new moon, no moon..
21:10, 57f, a mist. a bunch of bright stars and planets. big dipper pouring onto north star. short walk with pup who wanted to go after everything. guardian chowing down on dinner. good night, north star..

Updated: 2:34 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:09 PM GMT on March 29, 2014

06:40, 68f, overcast and dark. a few vague stars showing including venus. got 2" rain. roosters crowing. guardian after something. pup wants to help..
08:00, 70f, sprinkling, windy. had to move my tomato plants to sheltered spot. 2nd storm coming in from gulf. guardian on porch. kids left early. snapped a picture by the pear tree! got 3 eggs from yesterday. hay to all. sheep sheltering in barn.. another half inch of rain.
15:00, 72f, sun out. blue skies. wash on the line. working in the yard. new green leaves on oak trees spectacular!
18:30, 68f, overcast. clothes mostly dry. got 2 more eggs. hay to sheep and donkeys. planted azalea. pup and guardian played..
21:00, 66f, sky cleared. very bright star show. big dipper and orion prominant. have my lights out. pup thinks it's time for bed. good night, earth..

Updated: 2:22 AM GMT on March 30, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:41 PM GMT on March 28, 2014

07:30, 63f, overcast. muted sunrise. roosters awake and crowing in unison. guardian patroling back yard. pump cutting on and off. draining water tank. hope that helps. pup stuck inside after her morning walk.
11:00, high tide rising at CK. one great heron on flooded oyster bar. south wind, 12 knts. 66f. overcast.
south wind rarely reaches into the boatyard. oaks and a building block it. no-see-ums took advantage. worked on mending big seine. closed up 2 large holes while being constantly harassed by sand gnats. dislike using bug spray. cat slept through it all.
14:30, higher tide at #4 bridge. south wind, 10 knts. 68f. sprinkling. herons in marsh. white pelicans flying across bridge. heading back to farm to meet the son. doing chores early to beat heavy rain out in gulf. going out for bar-b-que!
20:30, 64f. been raining since 18:00. pup hates going out in rain. guardian soaking wet but hanging out on porch. maybe even she's had enough.. good night, puddles.

Updated: 1:10 AM GMT on March 29, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:48 AM GMT on March 27, 2014

07:20, 48f, red sky in the morning. roosters crowing. sheep going out to pasture. guardian's been dragging bones in from somewhere.. pup wants to steal them.
10:00, mid tide at CK. east wind, 16 knts. 54f. overcast. cormorants and brown pelicans on oyster bar. white pelicans far to the east on shell bars.
mended tricky rip on mouth of #2 trawl. took awhile. continued mending big seine. washed #4 trawl. cold in boat yard. watery sun after 13:00 which warmed things up a bit. chilly wind. fed cat who slept on big seine most of the day.
15:10, high tide at #4 bridge. SE wind 12 knts. 63f. heading to cowtown for supplies via fowler's bluff. hen turkey crosses road.
18:20, 68f, partly cloudy, partly sunny. unloaded feed and hay. asked hay guy if he had a frost 2 nights ago. he said the wind kept the frost off. donkeys and sheep got hay. pup and guardian playing in front yard. deer in donkey woodlot.
21:20, 63f, overcast. no stars at all. all quiet at sheep barn. good night..

Updated: 2:36 AM GMT on March 28, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:53 AM GMT on March 26, 2014

07:30, 39f, clear. brisk north breeze. sun coming up. roosters crowing. sheep going out to pasture. quick walk with dogs down the lane. chilly! beautiful pear tree covered with blossoms. good morning.
21:00, 49f, a haze. stars barely showing. fire in fireplace. older crackers say there's always a late frost before easter.

Updated: 11:46 AM GMT on March 27, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:44 AM GMT on March 25, 2014

07:20, 56f, overcast. gray dawn. roosters crowing since 5. guardian sleepy by empty food bowl. pup has energy. donkeys hooting for hay. sheep snoozing in sheep barn.
10:00, wild turkey hen on shoulder of 345. high tide falling at CK. north wind, 6 knts. sunny. 60f. chilly but pretty out.
fed cat. mended last bait seine. continured mending big seine. birthday bar-b-que for several employees. long drawn-out meeting on up coming sampling procedure in afternoon. would rather been mending nets.
16:20, low tide rising at #4 bridge. west wind, 15-20 knts. 65f. one gull, several cormorants, and 3 egrets at oyster bar. herons in the marsh.
19:30, 64f at back door. sunny, windy. donkeys got hay. sheep got 2 books. got 3 eggs. 3 deer slipping out of donkey woodlot. pup sees them.. golden sunset in the making.
21:00, 59f. clear with stars. guardian barking by workshop again. some varmint must be denned up there. might need to get out live trap again. small fire in fireplace. sheep sleeping in barn. good night, lambs.

Updated: 11:55 AM GMT on March 26, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:47 AM GMT on March 24, 2014

07:20, 59f, slightly foggy. dawn. waning horned moon above sheep woodlot. sheep in woodlot. cloud bank to east. guardian yawning. pup wants to play. roosters crowing. songbirds awake and flying around.
10:00, mid tide falling at CK. east wind, 12 knts. 63f. overcast. hardly saw the sun all day. cormorants and gulls at emerging oyster bar. egrets in marsh.
hung and washed filthy 70 ft. bait seine which had bull ants in the lead line. left it hanging to dry and allow the ants to move. mended trawl that was washed yesterday. dried soaking back-up trawl. need to replace some hardware on this trawl. salt has corroded several shackles which need to be replaced with swivel blocks. continued mending big seine. fed cat.
15:00, low neap tide at #4 bridge. east wind, 12 knts. 65f. flock of egrets at oyster bar. red-shouldered hawk flies across the road. 2 cows and a calf seem to be left behind on the abandoned, flooded farm on 345. they have enough high ground to make it so far.
18:50, 64f, overcast at the farm. got 1 egg. sheep out in pasture. came in for their dinner. got a few books of hay. donkeys got one book as they're being picky again. they'd have grass now if the jack hadn't dug most of their pasture up and made stallion piles everywhere.
pleasant walk with pup around cactus field. pines growing candles.. wild persimmon putting out leaves. mulberry already has green fruit.
21:40, 59f, overcast. no stars. guardian upset over something out by chicken coop. pup walks down to sheep barn. all quiet down there. good night, rooster.

Updated: 2:23 AM GMT on March 25, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:29 AM GMT on March 23, 2014

06:40, 56f, a light fog. waning half moon high in the south. venus brilliant in the ESE. roosters crowing. woke up guardian in front yard. she was up all night. pup jumped on her and almost precipitated a fight.. dumb pup.
09:10, high tide falling at CK. SW wind, 5 knts. 68f. partly cloudy, partly sunny. late for church. it was good. about the well at samaria. a mizzle at 10:00. scrounged some used heart of pine boards for sheep barn repairs.
13:30, low-mid tide with oyster bar uncovered at #4 bridge. a fishing kayak off oyster bar. west wind, 5 knts. 70f. fed cat. cat feeling better and hungry.
19:00, 60f. mostly cloudy. another wash on line. got 3 eggs. hay to all. unloaded wood including a true heart-pine 2X4! all wood had nails. left them in. heart pine is hard to drive a nail through. have to drill it first and my drill is broken.
21:10, 78f, foggy but clear above. stars out! guardian sleeping by front gate. go figure.. pup and I walked down and brought her back. good night.

Updated: 2:35 AM GMT on March 24, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:29 PM GMT on March 22, 2014

07:30, 62f, cloudy. roosters crowing. everyone wondering why I wasn't awake. pileated woodpecker in front yard. deer behind workshop.
11:30, 74f, sunny. wash on the line. hay for donkeys and sheep mostly eaten by now. got one egg. fertilized and watered plants. need to get some tomatos. pear tree has blossoms. citrus is blooming, too. smells so sweet. poke weed has been up for a while. deer have been cutting the new shoots back. and the cherokee rose is blooming.. sheep want in the yard. maybe later..
19:10, wash dry. another wash on the line. clouding up. sheep back in the fold will get no hay this evening. donkeys will though. big doe in back yard. pup doesn't see her. got another egg.
21:30, 68f, a sprinkle. wind from west. a few stars. big dipper pourng out over clothes line. pup thinks there's deer down the lane. good night, pear tree.

Updated: 2:23 AM GMT on March 23, 2014

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By: marsHen, 10:48 AM GMT on March 21, 2014

06:20, 53f, some fog. waning gibbous moon up high. stars. a bright planet in the ESE. definitely venus! woke roosters up. walked pup down lane. guardian sleeping on the job in front of house. seems chilly, pretty with the stars though.
10:00low tide rising at CK. east wind, 6 knts. 64f. a big flock of white pelicans on oyster bar. this oyster bar is directly to the east of #4 bridge and pokes out into the channel. it almost always has visitors unless it's totaly inundated.
cat feeling puny. not eating, just lying around sleeping. continued mending 600 ft. seine. washed #3 trawl and laid it out to dry. it was full of leaves and had several large, tough gorgonias, sea fans, enmeshed in it. also some pieces of crab trap which I had to remove with wire cutters. stuff like this binds up the trawl and does not allow it to spread out and fish properly. sun was out so trawl was dry by mid-afternoon and I was able to box it and store it for mending on monday. cat sleeping on big net when I left.
15:00 high tide at #4 bridge. south wind, 2 knts. 73f. a crowd of cormorants on flooding oyster bar. shrimp guy out selling seafood. got some shrimp. heading for cowtown for feed and groceries.
18:30, 70f at back door. sunny. unloaded hay and feed. everyone got new hay. sheep were happy but donkeys unimpressed. too bad. shrmp were delicious! pup got a few tails. got 1 egg.
21:30, 66f, clear. stars out and sparkling. mist forming. pleasant walk with pup and guardian under stars. dixie and guardian barking. wondering when next meteor shower will be. good night, watchdogs..

Updated: 2:31 AM GMT on March 22, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - equinox

By: marsHen, 12:56 PM GMT on March 20, 2014

07:20, 49f, thick fog. waning gibbous moon, set in gauze, over sheep barn. roosters crowing. guardian chasing deer out of yard. pup wants to help.. but I know that she won't stop at the fence like the guardian does.
08:10 rising sun clears fog bank, enters east door into the kitchen and joins us for breakfast. spring arrives!
11:00, low tide rising at CK. east wind, 7 knts. 64f, sunny with clouds. john boat with a fisherman on the oyster bar..
mended bait seine and stored it away for next month's sampling. bait seine had huge rip from snags on the banks of the suwannee. began mending old 600 ft. seine. a lot of mending to do on one end which is beginning to get threadbare. fed cat.
16:00, high tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 11 knts. 66f. miss ducks that congregated around bridge area last year. most of them are further off shore this year. populations seems to have diminished this year. white pelicans loafing on shell bars off to east.
18:30, 65f. hay to all herbivores. got 3 eggs. pleasant walk with pup and guardian on south side of cactus field. several deer on backside of donkey woodlot.
20:50, 62f. no moon yet. clear with bright stars and planets. barred owl calling from pines to north. guardian barking at owl. silly dog. good night.

Updated: 1:40 AM GMT on March 21, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:38 PM GMT on March 19, 2014

07:30, 56f, foggy. roosters crowing. guardian sleeping by her untouched dinner. donkeys hooting from the cowpen woods. sheep coming in from woodlot. everyone got hay. pleasant walk with pup down west lane. doing a wash.
10:30, low tide rising at CK. east wind, 8 knts. 58f. cloudy. cormorants at oyster bar.
moved old 600 ft. seine into position for mending. it's in rough shape. washed down all gear and stored away. washed waders, foul weather jackets, boots, and gloves. hung bait seine and washed it. left it to dry. began mending 600 ft. seine. sun came out around noon.
16:00, high tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 8 knts. 64f. great blue heron in the spartina. fed cat.
18:50, 62f, partly cloudy. everyone got hay. got 1 egg. clothes dry. 2 deer browing in back yard. cut guardian's toe nails. pup wants to play.
22:00, 59f, ground fog. clear above. stars brilliant. big dipper spectacular. no moon yet. dixie and guardian barking. good night, stars.

Updated: 2:23 AM GMT on March 20, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:46 PM GMT on March 18, 2014

07:30, 56f, clearing. got another half inch of rain last night. roosters crowing. guardian all wet out by her swimming food bowl. 3 deer down west lane. 5 deer behind workshop. all browsing on emergent virginia creeper and grape vine shoots. pup wants to chase them.. guardian does. hay to donkeys and sheep.
10:00, low tide rising at CK. WNW wind, 13 knts. whitecaps. 62f. cormorants at the oyster bar. white pelicans circling CK. brown pelicans on mud bank. sunny.
fed cat. finished mending 600 ft. seine. cleaned out box, loaded seine into it. chilly in boat yard with wind.
15:10, high tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 10 knts. 62f. brown pelicans following crab boat.
19:30, 62f, clouding up. non-descript sunset. hay to all. got 2 eggs. guardian and pup playing by sheep barn. pup plays too rough. guardian knocks her down.
21:50, 56f, clearing with fog. stars out. waning rust-orange moon rising through cloud bank over sheep pasture. pleasant walk with pup and guardian down lane. pup behaves. good-night, world..

Updated: 2:24 AM GMT on March 19, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:16 AM GMT on March 17, 2014

06:50, 62f, drizzling. got almost 3" of rain earlier with lightning and thunder. guardian sleeping on front porch! roosters crowing. dark out.. just when I got so it was light enough not to have to wear a head lamp to do chores, the time changed...
10:00, mid tide rising at CK. north wind, 5 knts. 62f. raining. pelican at oyster bar. fed cat. spent day inside doing busy work. it poured a lot with some wind.
15:00, high tide at #4 bridge. south wind, 8 knts. 64f. rain stopped. great egrets in marsh. 1 ibis flew over road. pastures all along 345 are flooded. herons and egrets fishing in them. 2 lone cows lying down in the damp. sunday I noticed a lot of cows lying down. should have known they knew it was going to pour. new ponds all over. ditches flooding. so far the farm is high and dry. even the old sink holes are dry. 23 ft. above mean high tide, us..
18:30, 64f, overcast. slight drizzle. got 5" of rain. hay to all. got 2 eggs. 7 deer browsing on emergent virginia creeper down past sheep barn. deer jumped fence then turned and stared at barking guardian and pup. beautiful animals. did not have to fill water troughs.
21:30, 63f, overcast. no moon, no stars. very damp out. a fog forming. guardian keeping watch out by truck. dixie barking. pup ready for bed. good night, rain..

Updated: 1:39 AM GMT on March 18, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:25 AM GMT on March 16, 2014

06:30, 54f, a fog. full moon setting through oaks in donkey woodlot. some stars. bright planet, venus?, in east. guardian sleeping in front, wakes up. roosters crowing. pleasant walk with pup under the stars.
09:00, low tide rising at CK. south wind, 20 knts. 65f. white pelicans, snowy egrets, great egrets fishing in tidal pools in the mud flats by #4 bridge.
church was good. sermon on love. fed cat. heading to birthday party on kiss-me-quick with lots of sweets.. wind picking up. sunny.
14:00, high flood/moon tide at #4 bridge. south wind, 15-20 knts. 69f. a beautiful windy day. ate too many pieces of pie - cherry, coconut creme.. and there was more which I wisely resisted. wind picking up.
14:50, 80+ in the sun by the back door. 72 in the kitchen window. SW wind, 20-25 knts. could barely keep gate open. palm fans all over. new oak shoots littering ground. sheep in barn cleaning up hay. wind making them nervous. pup doesn't care. pleasant walk on south edge of cactus field. nap time.
19:00, 71f, overcast. still windy with gusts but not so strong. did chores. got 2 eggs. pup and guardian playing while I water plants.
21:40, 71f, mostly cloudy. SSW wind, 10-15 knts. full moon appearing and reappearing. no stars. small dead pine down in lane. will mvoe it tomorrow. pup checks it out. guardian eating her supper. good night, veiled moon.

Updated: 2:52 AM GMT on March 17, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:46 AM GMT on March 15, 2014

07:10, 45f, clear dawn. roosters crowing. guardian sleeping by empty food bowl. pup wants to play. guardian doesn't. doing a wash. another day..
10:00, low tide rising at CK. east wind, 4 knts. 59f. cormorant drying its wing on the oyster bar. fed cat. came in for an update on the archaeological studies ongoing on the shell middens of lower suwannee wildlife refuge. a great update plus lunch at annie's with good archaeologist friends.
14:30, high tide at #4 bridge. south wind, 2 knts. 64f. fed cat..
17:30, 72f, sunny. wash dry. sheep in the yard. another wash on line. sheeep happy. dogs not. 3 deer in cactus field.
19:50, 62f, clear. waxing full moon just up in the east. pink/orange sunset. donkeys got hay. sheep got their usual sweet feed/corn mix. dogs playing in front yard. saw a bat at dusk.
21:10, 59f, a mist. faint ring around almost full moon. some stars. dogs all got rib bones. everybody's happy. good night.

Updated: 2:24 AM GMT on March 16, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - barnett creek

By: marsHen, 12:09 AM GMT on March 15, 2014

06:10, 38f, clear. bright planet in the ESE. roosters crowing.
09:00, low tide rising on the Suwannee river. east wind, 10 knts. 51f. sampling the fishes between deer island and east pass with the 600 ft. seine and the bait seine. catches were moderate depending on the ferocity of the tide. the bait seine pulled in young-of-the-year (YOY) pinfish, spot, mullet, and anchovies. on half moon reef, the anchovie catch exceeded 1,000. in back creeks, the other YOY fishes predominated. 2 sets with big seine brought in disparate catches. behind deer island in a rushing tide 1 ladyfish and 1 pinfish were snagged. a bank near dan-may creek yielded redfish, sheepshead, and a white catfish. all fishes measured, counted, and returned.
water temperatures dropped again to 14-15C, 57-59f. waters were dark with tannin from the river and muddied from the wind and chop offshore. lots of cormorants, pelicans, and ducks offshore. bald eagles, mature and immature, on dead trees by barnett. ospreys in nests on east pass cypress. a pleasant day with some sun and enough breeze to mute the bugs.
14:00, high tide falling on the delta. south wind, 3 knts. 63f.
19:00, 62f on the farm. clear. sun sinking. waxing almost full moon to the east. several deer in back yard browsing on emerging virginia creeper. got no eggs. hay to all. dogs playing rough by sheep barn. had to get on them. mellow fire in fireplace.
21:50, 56f, a mist. waxing almost full moon shining brightly over the farm. stars muted in the brilliance. guardian down by farm gate barking. pleasant walk with pup around the yard. good night, fishes..

Updated: 2:30 AM GMT on March 15, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:58 AM GMT on March 13, 2014

07:20, 44f, clear. wolf light. roosters crowing. house was 70 yesterday, dropped down to 64 this morning. brief walk with pup. guardian checking out yard. all quiet down by sheep barn.
10:00, blow-out tide rising at CK. north wind, 8 knts. 49f. cormorants at the oyster bar. blue heron fishing off a peat bank. white pelicans off to the east.
mended big seine past 2nd turn. about 50 ft. more to go. pleasant out with a jacket on. NW breeze but sunny. cat kept me company.
16:20, mid tide at #4 bridge. NW wind, 10 knts. 59f. sunny. pelicans and cormorants at oyster bar. great egret in marsh.
18:40, 56f, orange sun going down. hay to all. got 3 eggs. pleasant walk with pup and guardian. sawed some branches for tonight's fire. need to find more small pieces of lighter. just have big knots that are too flammable for the old fireplace. did get some splinters cleaved off that got things going. pup and cat sitting in front of fireplace. waxing gibbous moon bright up in the evening sky.
21:30, 49f, clear. moon bright. the viewable stars outstanding. orion sinking headfirst into the west. good night .

Updated: 2:37 AM GMT on March 14, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:13 PM GMT on March 12, 2014

07:30, 65f, partly cloudy. brief shower over farm damped the dust. sun's coming up, illuminating the clouds. nothing in my live trap which was baited with cat chow and thoroughly investigated by guardian.. good thing I shoved it under the house.. sheep in woodlot. 2 deer on west end of lane, jumped fence into donkey woodlot, pursued by guardian. pup wants to help. donkeys droopy over lack of hay. they got some. a lovely morning!
11:10, 75f,partly cloudy/partly sunny. breezy from SW. washed sheets and towels and hung them on the line.. 3 deer behind workshop by bamboo. 2 deer at west end of lane. hay to sheep. walk with pup and guardian on south end of cactus field. things are sprouting. yellow jasmine everywhere.
18:30, 65f, very windy - west wind. partly cloudy/partly sunny. clothes dry. got 2 eggs. chores done.
21:20, 64f. swift clouds traveling from west. waxing gibbous moon high in the sky. stars appearing/disappearing. sat out, watched sky until pup and I got chilly. good night, wind.

Updated: 2:17 AM GMT on March 13, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - preacher's hole

By: marsHen, 10:28 AM GMT on March 11, 2014

05:50, 51f, foggy/smoky. woke lil rooster. not a peep from red rooster. brighter stars showing. really bright planet in ESE. guardian up and patrolling. pup has brief walk. muffin for breakfast.
08:00, low tide rising at CK. east wind 2 knts., 60f. 1 pelican and 1 gull at the oyster bar. several great egrets in the marsh. fed happy cat. gnats were bad.
sampling fishes with bait seine and 600 ft. seine in back creeks between gigger creek and dennis creek. most of sets were centered around preacher's hole. catches were varied in bait seine. last set pulled in a lot of very young mullet, spot, and pinfish. big seine yielded varying catches - catfish and stingrays in one, mostly spent mullet in another, and a mackerel, a ladyfish, and a silver perch in another. most sets were pulled in deep in mud and oysters. very difficult walking.
water was turbid and temperatures varied from 65-68 depending on location. tide turned around noon. birds were everywhere - brown and white pelicans, cormorants, ducks, willets, gulls, terns, oystercatchers, skimmers... many of them were congregating on shell bars and beaches. derrick key was overflowing with seabirds. watched a herring gull pluck a ladyfish from the tide and swallow it. several large flocks of mixed birds were diving offshore. perhaps the ladyfish were returning. ducks were flying off all over. it was wonderful.
15:30, high tide at #4 bridge. SW wind, 4 knts. 65f. fed cat. 2 oyster catchers at the flooding oyster bar. ospreys squabbling in the pines.
14:20, 68f at back door. tired. 5 deer browsing behind dog pen jumped fence into donkey woodlot and strolled across. pup didn't see them.
18:40, 66f, clouding up. hay to all. got no eggs. set live trap. waxing gibbous moon faintly visible through light clouds. rain out in gulf moving our way...

Updated: 12:49 AM GMT on March 12, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - suwannee river

By: marsHen, 10:11 AM GMT on March 10, 2014

05:50 (which is really 04:50), 49f, clear above. bright planet to the east, and stars. dark out with wood smoke and fog. woke roosters up who went back to sleep when I turned out the light. pup walked around house. is back in her bed. guardian in front of house, sleeping..
08:00, low tide at CK. alligator at the oyster bar.. north wind, 2 knts. 57f. fed cat. one of the crew was indisposed. decided to do trawls on the river.
09:30, no wind. no-see-ums awful. 60f. overcast. high tide on the suwannee river. water temperatures in river were lower than out in the sound - 14-15C, 57-59f. felt colder, too.
sampling the fishes of the lower suwannee with the otter trawl and the bait seine. the trawl pulled in a lot of channel catfish of varying sizes and a few white catfish. trawl also caught several black crappie. but the catch of the day with the trawl was 2 young-of-the-year gulf sturgeon! their total length was around 2 ft. these lovely little ancient fish were gently handled, measured, and immediately returned to the water. the bait sein either pulled in no fish at all or the last set had 5 species of sunfish - a redbreast, several spotted, a blue-gill, and an unidentified sunfish which was retained for identification along with some golden shiners that no one was sure about. when the suwannee floods, freshwater fish show up that us marine biologists don't know. representatives of these fish were collected for identification.
since we were on the river all day, the bird count was low. some ospreys and a few pelicans and cormorants were about it. no ducks.. yellow astors were blooming in the swamp. the water was very high from the rains this past week.
15:10, west wind at 8 knts. knocked some of the gnats down but they still were pesky. 65f. the sun finally showed itself around 13:00. we took off one layer of clothing.
16:20, 70f at back door. west breeze. a lot of smoke from rancher to west burning hay piles. what a jerk! sunny. unloaded a few bales of hay from feedstore.
18:40, 68f. hay to all. pup happy to be playing with guardian. cleaned out dog pen. fed parrot. got 2 eggs.
19:30, tangerine sunset.
21:20, 59f, a mist. waxing gibbous moon up high. stars lovely. some critter living under the house. thinking of setting the live trap tomorrow evening and hoping it's not the skunk.. good night.

Updated: 12:53 AM GMT on March 12, 2014

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By: marsHen, 11:41 AM GMT on March 09, 2014

07:10, 44f, clear. woke up red rooster. lil rooster crowing. guardian sleeping by her food bowl. brief walk with pup. pink sunrise starting in.. I dispise DST.
09:10, mid-tide at CK. 1 white pelican and 1 gull at oyster bar. NE wind, 5 knts. 54f, sunny. church was good. sermon on lent and temptation..
12:00, low tide at CK. east wind, 3 knts., 63f. no-see-ums out and biting. a lot of great egrets in marsh. 1 brown pelican at oyster bar. stilts in the shallows. fed catwho already ate but wanted some crunchies... heading for treasure camp on the suwannee with some good friends.
suwannee was lovely and fairly placid. water was very high. a kid fishing off the dock caught several brim. good lunch there! visit to hay guy for 10 bales.
14:00, 72f at back door. sunny with aa chilly breeze from east. pleasant walk with guardian and pup in cactus field. unloaded hay.
18:10, 64f, some clouds. hay to all. got 2 eggs. 3 deer sauntering through donkey woodlot on their way to cactus field. pup wants to get them. grabs guardian's tail. tussle ensues. dumb pup.
21:30, 58f, waxing gibbous moon up above house. guardian and dixie eating their dinner. all quiet in the sheep barn. stars bright. pup takes a walk. good night, farm..

Updated: 2:21 AM GMT on March 10, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:47 PM GMT on March 08, 2014

07:15, 37f, clear. sun's up and shining. roosters crowing. birds twittering. guardian sleeping in front by food bowl. pleasant walk with pup who only wanted to say hello to red rooster. good morning!
15;00, 65f, clear. sun, blue sky. waxing half moon pale in the east. pileated woodpeckers in donkey woodlot. wash on line almost dry. sheep in yard.
18:50, 60f, a mist starting. pale orange sunset. donkeys got hay. got 2 eggs. red rooster expanding his territory. moon near zenith.
21:00, 54f, waxing little more than half moon over sheep barn. orion diving down to west. bright stars. lovely out. good dinner for all dogs, leftovers and kibble! pup not ready for DST. me either.. hate DST.

Updated: 2:45 AM GMT on March 09, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:31 PM GMT on March 07, 2014

06:50, 45f, foggy. roosters hollarin'. guardian perky out by truck. brief walk with pup. donkeys complaining. chilly out. got almost 2" of rain yesterday.
10:00, 45f, gray, mizzling. 3 year old eagle huddling in dead pine along 345. ditches are full and the ponds in the pastures overflowing again. the folks who lived at the farm with the cows, horses, donkeys, geese, goats, and the llama have packed up and left, lock, stock, and barrel. their neighbors with the barrel-racing horses are still hanging on but seem to have a bit higher ground.
10:30, mid tide rising at CK. cormorants at oyster bar. north wind, 8 knts. 45f. bone-chilling cold with the wind off the water. fed cat something extra. untangled and perused a soaking wet trawl in the back of the boat. took a while with very cold hands in the cold wind. dumped water out of the trawls from the rain yesterday. cat helped, up on the boat in the cold wind. good cat! mended big seine, huddled behind its box.
16:00, mid-tide at #4 bridge. gulls and a heron at the oyster bar. white pelicans to the east on shell bars. NW wind, 8 knts. 48f. overcast. fed cat again.
a lot of tourists downtown (?). one passed me at the post office and said, "welcome to antarctica." which I thought was inappropriate. we are much better off than those folks up north.
18:00, 47f, overcast. cold north breeze. hay to all. got 1 egg. only the vaguely damp guardian seems comfortable today. building a little fire in the fireplace.
21:30, 45f, clearing! waxing almost half moon setting over the falling-down horse barn! haven't seen the moon in days. guardian down by front gate barking. pup wants to help. woodsmoke in the air. good night, moon..

Updated: 1:22 PM GMT on March 08, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:45 PM GMT on March 06, 2014

06:50, 52f, raining.. roosters crowing. pup didn't want to go out. she backed away from the door but finally complied. guardian out of view. hoping she's under shelter and not sleeping out in the rain. seems like she was up all night. something was out there aggravating her. waiting for lull to give everyone hay. big mass of rain in the gulf. know we'll get some of it. a gray, overcast day..
10:10 55f, pouring off and on. guadian asleep in front porch! hay to all. sheep and lettuce donkey tucked right in. shorty donkey went back to the overhang. got 2 eggs. leaks all over hen house. wasn't this bad last month. might have to move them to other coop. but not today. chickens dry so they cope. they got lots of scratch. had to drag pup out the house.
14:30, 63f, rain stopped. got 1.75". puddles everywhere. aguardian out patrolling farm. hay to all. fed everyone early. had meeting to go to in CK. 3 deer run through donkey woodlot. jump fence into back yard. guardian chases them into cactus field.
20:50, 52f, a mizzle. passed 12 deer on side of road coming back to farm. no moon. no stars. fed dogs. good night.

Updated: 4:16 AM GMT on March 07, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen, 12:18 PM GMT on March 05, 2014

06:20, 49f, drizzling. roosters crowing. chilly north breeze. no sign of guardian who was up all night.. pup doesn't like the drizzle. don't look good for going out. guardian shows up just when I left. escorted me to gate.
08:30, but we went out anyway. mid tide falling at CK. NE wind, 8 knts. 50f. gray and overcast. brown pelicans and 1 great blue heron at oyster bar. a lot of dithering about sampling today. the other crew called their trip off. but after sitting at the ramp and watching the flags blow straight out with the wind increasing to 12 knts, we decided to give it a try. we could always come back in. which we didn't.
sampling the fishes in suwannee sound with the otter trawl and the bait seine doing offshore sets. catches were low all around except for one shore set at snake key where we pulled in lots of 2 species of killifish, and YOY pinfish and spot, and anchovies. netted 2 sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon varigatus). don't find them much. one otter trawl was packed with star fish. another pulled in a dozen atlantic stingrays. and we had three trawls where we only pulled in 2 or 3 fish, batfish, mostly. the swift current with the opposing wind was probably to blame. it's hard for the trawl to fish right in those conditions although we did bring in a large amount of by-catch, mostly drift algae, so there just might not have been too many fishes out there.
water was very clear once we got beyond the out islands, despite the chop. visibility was over 1.5 to 2.5 meters depending on how close inshore we were. water temperatures had dropped from yesterday to 17C, 63f, which felt warm since the air temperatures were almost 10 degrees colder. it was choppy but not excessively so - not like it looked out towards the horizon. positively jagged seas out there. between the wind and the temperature it was cold. all 4 of us complained of the cold. our hands were wet and icy. and we were wearing a fair amount of clothes since all of us went to our trucks and put on extra clothing from the get-go.
saw one loon. ducks were sheltering in coves. white pelicans rested on the sand bars. cormorants were all over. there were other birds around but too far away to identify. one small pod of dophins inshore.
15:10, high tide at #4 bridge east wind down to 5 knts. 57f. a mist growing. fed cat who was napping on big net. a few ducks around bridge.
17:50, 52f at back door. overcast. drizzling. got no eggs. hay and feed to all. red rooster followed us around yard but hasn't figured out how to jump fences and get some of the grain. pup watches him closely. dragged dog house out of sheep yard and placed it in front yard for guardian who won't use it. making lima bean soup. got a fire going. pup and cat already sleeping in front of it.
21:00, 51f, very dark out. hardly any ambient light. guardian eating her dinner. pup imagines varmints down by the sheep barn. donkeys out in the woods. good night, moon. I know you are up there somewhere...

Updated: 2:42 AM GMT on March 06, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - corrigan's reef

By: marsHen, 12:07 PM GMT on March 04, 2014

06:40, 58f, overcast. a slight fog. roosters crowing. hens carrying on. guardian sleeping by truck. pup behaving...
08;30, blow-out tide at CK. north wind, 6 knts. 57f. cormorants and 1 brown pelican at the oyster bar. egrets in the marsh. have to wait for tide to change..
09:30, traffic jam at local gas station. all clam/crab boats filling up to go out. sampling southern waters around CK out to corrigans reef with bait sein and 600 ft. seine. catches were not as good as yesterday but we had to contend with lower tide, strong currents, and running aground. the crew pushed the boat a lot in the a.m. some sets had to be moved to areas with more water and less current. bait seine catches were pitiful - a few silversides and anchovies and some pinfish. the interesting fish of the day were 2 skillet fish - a small fish in the goby family with a shape like a skillet and a sucker on the bottom of their disk. a bottom dwelling fish with eyes on top of the head, less than 2" long. pulled in some nice whiting (Menticirrus americanus) on a set near dog island. and another set got a big mackerel. always pinfish.. and stingrays.
spotted a few loons on way out to seahorse key. white pelicans on the shell bars. lots of ducks and cormorants. birds everywhere. big flock of laughing and ring-billed gulls on sand bar. one pod of dolpins.
visibility low in water, about 0.5m. water temperature, 18-19C, 65-67f. overcast. a light chop.
16:00, fed cat. tide falling at #4 bridge. east wind, 5 knts. 63f. crabber picking up traps with brown pelicans behind the boat. great blue on peat bank. mist rising out of pines on ride home.
17:50, 62f, overcast. hay to all. got 3 eggs. mist rising above cactus field and sheep pasture.
21:20, 57f, overcast. no stars, no moon. guardian barking in back yard. bright eyes by hay barn.. pup wants to get it. not..

Updated: 12:19 PM GMT on March 05, 2014

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north florida - wild florida - the out islands

By: marsHen, 12:36 PM GMT on March 03, 2014

05:50, 53f, light fog. very bright planet shining in SE. roosters crowing. guardian sleeping by food bowl. pup wants to play. sheep in woodlot. donkeys snuffling. oatmeal for breakfast.
08;30, low tide at CK. south wind, 10-12 knts. 65f. a light chop. had to wait for some water to come in. tide turned at 09:00.
sampling fishes between seahorse and north keys and the cedar keys. catches are improving in both the bait and the 600 ft. seine. stingrays coming into back creeks to mate. caught about 60 in 4 sets with the big seine. also caught some trout, pinfish, hard-head catfish, YOY (young-of-the-year) flounder, and half dozen mackerel . bait seine netted silversides, YOY pinfish, redfish, and spot with comb jellies as by-catch
birds all over - white pelicans out on shell bars to west, oysterctchers at gomez, lots of ducks flying off in front of boat. a little blue with a breeding plime fishing on the mud flat in the marina. godwits and willets on sandbar by piney point.
wind slowly picked up to 12-15 with 18 knt gusts. and whitecaps. water visibility less than 0.5 meters. water temps, 18-19C, 63-67f. sunny. a gorgeous but tiring day! SW wind. clouds.
16:30, high tide at #4 bridge. 66f. oyster bar submerged. cormorants this morning when it was open.. great egrets in marsh.
17::10, 70f. clouding up.
18:50, 67f. mostly cloudy. no moon showing. saw a star. hay to all. 2 deer in donkey lane.
21;20, 65f, overcast. dark out..

Updated: 3:20 AM GMT on March 04, 2014

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By: marsHen, 12:21 PM GMT on March 02, 2014

06:30, 44f, a fog. roosters crowing. red rooster still on his roost. guardian snoring by truck. sheep in the woodlot. donkeys complaining about the lack of hay. pup wants to play. sunday!
09:00, low tide at CK. east wind, 8 knts. 56f. cormorants at the oyster bar. 2 guys in camo wading through marsh with a cast net might be in for a surprise if they walk out on mud flats.. great blue fishing on edge of peat bank.
church was good. sermon on heeding Jesus's teachings both inwardly and outwardly.
12:30, still low tide at #4 bridge but slowly rising. south wind, 2 knts. 65f. fed cat! seagulls at oyster bar. egrets in marsh.
14:20, 81f at back door in sun. clear. sunny. pup outside digging holes. cuban sandwich for lunch. lovely out.
18:30, 63f, waxing crescent moon to west above treeline. like a thin asian bowl. got 2 eggs. donkeys got hay. ran low on sweet feed so they had to eat corn. guardian sneaks though gate to romp through donkey woodlot..
09:20, 56f, a fog but clear above with a lot of stars. lovely the stars shining through the leafless branches of the oaks. guardian returns by way of falling down horse barn. strong odor of skunk.

Updated: 3:01 AM GMT on March 03, 2014

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By: marsHen, 1:14 PM GMT on March 01, 2014

07:10, 43f, dense fog. roosters crowing. short walk with pup. guardian in front of house. 56f in house. some coals and a few end pieces of logs left so got a fire going again in fireplace. added a piece of lighter, a few palm sticks, part of a cedar post, and, voila!, got it going. pup's soaking it up right now. feels warmer already! don't usually get to do this; what a treat - morning coffee by the fireplace!
11:30, 65f, clear and sunny. NE breeze clocked to east. guardian sleeping under pear tree. 2 loads of wash on line. simmering fire evened out temperatures in house. everyone got hay. crows got rooster's corn. squirrels are in love.. sheep going in yard.
17:30, 65f, clear. kept fire going all day although the doors were all open. got the damp out the house. 3 deer in cactus field when I walked dixie. an intruder that looked like a large dark cat ran under the house after chores. totally set off all the dogs. guardian keeps circling the house. pup had to be put inside. red rooster better be on guard. got 1 egg. donkeys got hay. sheep did not since they were in yard most of the day and stuffed themselves on rye grass and air potatoes.
20:50, 53f, clear above, mist below. stars out. guardian monitoring under house. dixie barking. pup sleeping in front of fire. good night.

Updated: 2:49 AM GMT on March 02, 2014

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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.