marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.
By: marsHen, 11:44 AM GMT on April 30, 2014
07:20, 68f, mostly cloudy. heard on the country radio this morning that some of the roads in fowler's bluff have been closed due to flooding on the suwannee. my friend in white springs reported the water has gone down a few inches last night to 80 ft. above sea level.. haven't checked if the rains in georgia yesterday have increased the heights over the night.
tides have been very high in CK. lots of shorebirds around but the ducks are scarce this year.
on the farm, pee-dee the ram lamb turns 2 weeks old today. he and his mom are going out in the pasture with the flock now. he's doing alright but the flies are bothering his eyes so I put some salve on them which he did not like at all. he's still getting a bottle 2 or 3 times a day but his mom's milk supply seems to be increasing.
peach and purple sunrise this a.m. yesterday's was spectacular - the whole easter sky was a flame!
21:30, 70F, damp. overcast. guardian barking down the lane. a line of showers went through around noon. only got 0.5" but the panhandle got:
Flooding in Florida
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area to support emergency-response operations for communities inundated by heavy rains and flooding. Our law enforcement officers have been involved in many rescues and are currently working an evacuation of over 100 people in Gulf Breeze. 31 vehicles and 13 boats have been deployed so far to assist in the areas in need. According to the National Weather Service, more than 5 inches of rain fell on Pensacola in one hour last night with over 17 inches total falling on Santa Rosa County in the past 30 hours. Rain will continue in the Florida Panhandle today. Farther east, all of the idle-speed, no-wake zones have been activated on the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers. Rivers affected by heavy rains are expected to rise even higher and crest by the weekend.
complements of myfwc on facebook..
Updated: 2:39 AM GMT on May 01, 2014
By: marsHen, 12:00 PM GMT on April 28, 2014
I received a picture of the house that I grew up in. it's on a barrier island north of charleston. the picture was taken at high new moon tide.
our house was built on the high end of a salt marsh on 6 ft. pilings.
normal high tide when I was a child rarely came under the house. this picture was a new moon tide from last weekend (4-26-14) and the tide was under the house within a meter of the floor.
years ago, hurricanes hazel and hugo entered the front door and the water rose up 4 ft. in the first floor. nowadays, a moderate hurricane would easily swamp the first floor if it came in at high tide.
my sister writes that such flooding is common now. at moon tide, the road that winds along the salt creek is flooded and there's significant water under the house.
this is not a gradual thing. it's within the past few years that it has become a common occurance.
and on the farm front: id 60's. pretty pink sunrise.
the newest lamb has joined the flock and is pretty much a bottle lamb since mom doesn't have much milk. so far, though, she's keeping him close to her.
and pup chased the rooster this morning. almost caught him but he ducked under the house. no flies on that rooster, and pup is in the dog house...
Updated: 12:19 PM GMT on April 28, 2014
By: marsHen, 2:36 AM GMT on April 19, 2014
20:20, 69f. been in 60's all day. east to south winds, 10-20 knts. raining on and off, some rain heavy. major high tide at CK in late afternoon. starting to flood lowlying roads.
farm just got 1". ditches and woods full again. deer in sheep pasture. lamb born wednesday. got lost in armadillo hole. pup found him. was born early. eyes just opening. spunky little fellow. mom and lamb boxed in by hay bales to restrict wandering.
suwanee river flooding. friend in white springs has river under her house tonight. she and local friends dug up her flower garden, potted all, and moved it to her porch, 15 ft. above the river. says some neighbors using boats to reach their houses. all hoping water won't top their septic systems... life on a floodplain ain't easy sometimes. beautiful, though.
overcast. no waning moon in sight but then not due up until later in the evening. no stars. guardian barking down the lane. good night, river..
By: marsHen, 12:18 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
07:30, 72f, a drizzle. rain out in the gulf. roosters crowing. gave hay to sheep and donkeys. 2 deer down the lane. guardian tired, pup wants to play. got 3 eggs. thunder in the distance.
north florida - wild florida. a little corner of the old south still in existence, but under seige from the sea and from the mainland.
yesterday on a crashing moon high tide I counted at least a half dozen black mangroves that were toppling over. derrick key that used to be a little jungle on a sand/peat spit now has waves washing through the mangroves, no understory - you can look right through the surviving mangroves to the sound. coon island, north of the suwannee river is gone, just a sandspit, and cat island is following quickly.
and then there's the folks who come from outside who move into the cedar keys because it's "quaint" and "unspoiled" and then do their best to make it look like what they left behind,while the tides nibble from here and add to there, but mostly take away.
hoping we can last for a little bit longer.
Updated: 2:20 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
By: marsHen, 11:36 AM GMT on April 14, 2014
06:00, 66f, wolf light. some stars showing. venus blazing in east. roosters waking up. guardian sleeping in front yard.
07:10, 66f, gold sunrise. chores done. got 2 eggs. pup watching deer in donkey woodlot. guardian lazy this morning. crows.
the fish are coming back inshore. water temperatures, 23C, 74f. water color like coffee from the flooding suwannee. the big net caught snook, redfish, flounder, black drum, ladyfish, sheepshead, stingrays, and mullet. the last set caught 2 manatees that soaked us and wore us out getting them out of the net without injury. but we did. one of them knocked me over in their mad rush out into open water. a tiring but interesting day. strong winds, whitecaps, waves, strong currents on a full moon tide. lots of birds and samall flocks of ducks.
suwannee sound - a beautiful, fierce place to fish and live...
Updated: 12:24 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
By: marsHen, 11:22 AM GMT on April 13, 2014
06:20, 59f, fog. rosy in the east. venus brilliant. roosters crowing. guardian sleeping by dinner bowl. pup wants to play. sheep going out into woodlot.
09:00, wild turkey flying across road on way to town. low tide rising at CK. east wind, 6 knts. 65f. cormorants at oyster bar. white pelicans off to the east and some flying in spirals over marsh. church was good. palm sunday!
worked at church boothe selling home-baked goodies after church. (CK art festival) steamed clams for lunch. bought a print of a redfish in a salt creek environment. pleasant breeze all morning but started to warm up after noon. was glad to head back to the farm.
14:40, high tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 5 knts. 73f. fed cat. rescued kid strangling himself in a seat belt. dumb kid, had to cut the seat belt to get him out.....
15:30, 90 at back door. let sheep into yard. time for a nap.
19:30, 78f. did chores. forgot to get eggs. pup and guardian arguing in front yard. watered plants. need rain again.
21:30, 73f, fog forming. waxing almost full moon rising above trees. mars nearby. some stars showing. cirrus clouds from west. pretty. good night all you tired festival workers. sleep well..
Updated: 4:08 AM GMT on April 14, 2014
By: marsHen, 12:17 PM GMT on April 12, 2014
06:50,59f, foggy. dawn. roosters crowing. guardian sleeping in huge hole she dug in driveway. pup dives in. sheep out in pasture. donkeys get 2 books of hay. shorty's looking skinny. too picky about his hay. lettuce tucks right in.
11:10, 80f, sunny. chores done. hung up 1st load of wash. 2nd load in the washer. scrambled eggs for brunch, shared with dogs.. donkeys got more hay.
19:30, 76f, orange/gold sunset in the making. got 2 eggs. all wash dry. hay to donkeys and sheep. guardian and pup wrestling outside of sheep barn. mowed half the yard, mostly nettles and virginia creeper since sheep mowed most of the grass when they got into the yard on thursday. 2 deer out back of workshop, guardian chases them into cactus field.
21:20, 70f, clear. waxing almost full moon shining high in the east. brighter stars showing. guardian out barking in the lane. pleasant walk with pup down past the sheep barn. sheep dozing. good night, moon.
Updated: 2:19 AM GMT on April 13, 2014
By: marsHen, 10:36 AM GMT on April 11, 2014
06:00, 54f, partly cloudy. a few stars, venus blazing. guardian tears out to meet pup and myself in lane. roosters awake. lighting in the east.
08:00, low tide rising at CK. ENE wind, 6 knts. 65f. comorants at oyster bar. ibis fly over.
sampling the fishes for population study between goose cove and sea horse key including the back creeks off of #4 channel with the bait seine and the 600 ft. seine. catches were moderate. pinfish, spot, killifish, and small blue crabs made up most of the catch with the bait seine, the big seine pulled in mostly stingrays, catfish, batfish, larger spot and pinfish, small flounder, bluecrabs, and mullet. also 1 large flounder and 3 ladyfish.
water temperture hovered around 19c, 69f. water was dark with tannin and fairly smooth. willets, oystercatchers, cormorants, and brown and white pelicans dotted the bars. a pod of dolphin played in the main channel. spotted 1 bald eagle flying. a pleasant sunny day with just enough breeze to keep the bugs off.
14:20, high tide falling at #4 bridge. west wind, 5 knts. 73f. fed cat. heading back to farm. shrimp guy selling seafood vigorously. bought a lb. of shrimp. supper!
15:10, 105 in the sun at the back door. long walk with pup around farm.
17:00, pup bolts out back door after taunting red rooster. roosters escapes. pup finds varmint burrow under old turkey house, cuts nose on tin, bleeds all over, gets put back inside in disgrace.. shrimp and grits delicious!
19:30, 72f, partly cloudy. gold-orange sunset. hay to all. got 1 egg.
21:20, 69f. waxing gibbous moon high in the ESE. some stars appear. dogs fairly quiet tonight. pair of varmint eyes out by sheep barn. sheep snoozing. good night, fish..
Updated: 2:12 AM GMT on April 12, 2014
By: marsHen, 2:32 PM GMT on April 10, 2014
07:20, 50f, clear. bright orange sun cresting the eastern horizon. roosters hollaring. guardian all dirty from sleeping in a huge hole she dug last night. pup takes a walk..
10:00, 61f, sunny. did chores. sheep go out into pasture. pup digs a big hole. cleaned out dog pen. hung out a wash. gathered all recyclables. have to go to cow town to renew my license tag.
13:30, 76f, sunny. stopped at hay guy's on the way back to farm. he has corn and peas sprouting. says he will dolomite his hayfield next week. walked pup, unloaded hay and supplies, left for meeting in CK.
14:00, mid tide at CK. south wind, 6 knts., 70f. sunny. cormorants at oyster bar. attended weekly poetry group.
16:00, mid tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 5 knts. 72f. more cormorants at oyster bar. great egrets in marsh. great blue herons fishing off spartina banks.
found sheep in yard when I arrived back at farm. sheep had pushed through yard gate. guardian was watching them. sheep stripped confederate jasmine and several small citrus trees.. bad sheep. guardian and I put them back in fold.
18:50, 65f, sun sinking through donkey woodlot. hay to all. got 3 eggs. took dry clothes off line.
21:10, 60f, stars out. waxing gibbous moon high in the sky. guardian down by boundary gate exchanging insults with dog down the road. pup wants to join in. good night, moon..
Updated: 3:01 AM GMT on April 11, 2014
By: marsHen, 11:10 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
06:00, 53f, a mist. fuzzy stars showing. woke roosters up. guardian and dixie barking at us. zealous dogs.. pup wants to join in. comedy in the farm yard ...
08:00, mid tide rising at CK. north wind 5 knts. 59f. going out to sample the fish populations between snake and scale keys with the otter trawl, the bait seine, and the 600 ft. seine. catches were moderate. one pull with the trawl netted a bag full of algae by-catch and a lot of bait fish - pinfish, pig fish, a few small black sea bass, some batfish, anchovies, and one seahorse. catches were generally low with the bait seine - pinfish again and one set mostly killifish. the catches were varied with the big seine. stingrays and catfish, plus pinfish and mullet made up one set. another set snagged a snook and a sheepshead plus mullet and pinfish, another mostly batfish, catfish and mullet. all fish were identified, measured, counted, and most were released.
water is warming up - upper 60's - 70. water clarity is still low. spotted a large solitary loon during the trawl offshore. no ducks. cormorants, brown and white pelicans, willets, a few stilts, and laughing gulls were here and there. one pod of blowing dolphins. wind picked up as day progressed and riled up white-caps. a pleasant day with amazing atmospheric clarity - the islands stood out, the horizon was sharply defined, like being out on a vast bowl of dark water..
14:20, NW wind, 15 knts. 63f. mid tide at #4 bridge. cormorants on oyster bar. north wind hindered the incoming tide from becoming full high tide.
19:20, 64f. gathered wood for a fire that never got made. got 1 egg. hay to all herbivorous critters. someone's been digging in the marigolds..
20:50, 59f. waxing gibbous moon up high. stars out. guardian barking about something only she and dixie seem to know about. good night, world.
Updated: 3:49 AM GMT on April 10, 2014
By: marsHen, 11:39 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
06:30, 70f, raining! a blast of cold wind and a downpour woke me up. had to wait a bit to take the pup out. briefly dodged raindrops then ducked back inside. pup loves to be dried off with her towel.
07:20, 65f, still raining.. roosters carrying on. sheep asleep in the barn. donkeys grumbling over wet hay.. guardian sleeping on front porch under hammock.
10:00, ibis and wood storks poking around the ponds along 345. a turkey shaking it's feathers in a pasture. a bulture with outspread wings on a power pole. rain ends in a mist. high tide at CK. SW wind, 5 knts. 61f. great egrets in the marsh.
continued mending big haul seine. lots of holes. finally got to the first turn. only 450 ft. more to go.. pleasant in the boat yard. enough breeze to keep bugs away. 2 biologists retrieve dead green turtle from beach. a young one the size of a platter. no indication of what went wrong. turtle was buried.
16:00, mid tide at #4 bridge. WNW wind, 10 knts. 66f. some sun. no one at the oyster bar. great egrets wading the mud flats.
16:40, 68f at back door. mostly cloudy but some sun. windy. all vegetation looking revived. got 1 egg. sheep out in pasture.
19:30, 63f, gusts from the west. did chores. tangerine sunset. 1 deer in back yard. guardian chases her into donkey lot. got 1.4" rain.
21:30, 61f, windy. waxing gibbous moon over the horse barn. red mars in the SE. dixie and guardian barking and barking tonight. went out with pup who wanted to chase something obscure in the bushes. sheep all sleeping in barn and donkeys finishing their hay. lots of stars out. good night you dogs..
Updated: 2:01 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
By: marsHen, 10:20 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
06:00 65f, overcast, foggy. roosters up. a few faint stars. dogs up and so am I. small craft advisory.
07:10, 65f, field trip cancelled due to wind advisory. donkeys working on hay. sheep out in pasture. fed chickens..
11;00, small flock of wood storks in ponds of abandoned farm along 345.
11:30, high tide at CK. south wind, 18 knts. 73f. great egrets in the marsh. fed cat. spent most of day creating power point talk on our species action notice. boring..
16:10, waves and white-caps in channel between CK and atsena otie. still high tide with white-caps at #4 bridge. SSW wind, 22-25 knts. 74f. large flock of ducks rafting in sheltered back creek.
18:30, 77f, overcast. strong south wind. did chores early. got 3 eggs. neither donkeys nor sheep got hay as they had leftovers from feed run into cowtown this morning. hoping for rain but watered plants. everything is very dry. tomatos had to be staked.
20:30, 76f. still very windy. lightning to north., fireflies in the woods and the cactus field. pleasant walk with pup and guardian down lane. good night, wind.
Updated: 1:06 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
By: marsHen, 10:55 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
06:30, 65f, overcast. foggy out in the pasture. roosters crowing. got the mosquito zapper on. guardian snoozing in front yard. sheep dozing in barn. lettuce donkey wants hay...
09:00, high tide at CK, east wind, 5 knts. 69f. partly cloudy/partly sunny.
church was good. first time I wore short sleeves since last fall. good visit with close friends afterwards at a birthday brunch. grits with shrimp gravy!!
14:00, mid tide falling at #4 bridge. west wind, 5 knts. 72f. cormorants at oyster bar. red-tailed hawk crossed road into scrub.
14:40, 86f at back door in the sun. let sheep in yard. took a nap.
19:00, 75f, golden sunset brewing. donkeys got hay. sheep, who went back to fold on their own, did not. sheep loafing in barn, chewing their cud. got 2 eggs. watered plants while guardian and pup played in front yard.
21:10, 70f, clearing enough to see waxing horned moon and stars and constellations. thin cirrus clouds radiating out from west. fireflies in the woodlots! mars shining in the east. fog forming. good night, all..
Updated: 1:50 AM GMT on April 07, 2014
By: marsHen, 1:01 PM GMT on April 05, 2014
07:30, 67f, dense fog. roosters crowing. sheep in woodlot, some standing on their hind legs, reaching for new oak leaves. donkeys want hay.
12:00, 82f, sunny. donkeys got hay. sheep loafing in barn. even though there's rain out in the gulf a wash is going on the line. beautiful out. opened the whole house up. cats lounging in the windows.. pup napping on the couch.
19:40, 72f, overcast. did chores. got 2 eggs. 2 loads of clothes dry on the line. took a nap. worked in the garden. wisteria in bloom. mosquitos on the rise. a lazy day
21:30, 69f, overcast. no stars, not even mars. waxing crescent moon barely visible over donkey woodlot. pleasant walk with pup down lane. guardian chowing down. sheep asleep in barn. good night, owls..
Updated: 2:16 AM GMT on April 06, 2014
By: marsHen, 10:42 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
05:50, 58f, a fog. faint stars showing but venus blazing in the east.. lil rooster crowing. haven't heard old red yet.. short walke with guardian and pup down lane. dark out.
09:00, high tide on the suwannee river with a very swift current outflowing! south wind, 11 knts., 69f. partly cloudy, partly sunny. sampling the fishes in the suwannee river between the town of suwannee and dan-may creek with the otter trawl and the 70 ft. bait seine. catches were low. got several black crappies and a few white catfish in the trawl. pulled in a bag-full of sissor-bill oysters, most not viable, at the mouth of east pass. thinking the trawl will probably need some repairs. the bait seine did not do much better. got one golden shiner, one blue-gill, and a dozen or more coastal shiners and hog chokers.
the currents were fierce and some of the sets had us in mud well over our knees with only sawgrass to hold on to. water temperature, 18C, ~65f. visibility was limited to half a meter. not many birds - ospreys mostly. a few cormorants. lots of turtles on logs catching the rays. the suwannee rose is putting out blooms and the river banks are covered in yellow astors. beautiful. all the trees are greening up. saw no alligators, although tuesday we scared a big one off his sunning bank in the back reaches of salt creek. it was a pleasant day with enough wind to keep the bugs down.
13:40, south wind, 5 knts., 70f. the last set pulled in one bluegill. there is so much water spread out in the swamps and the current is so swift the fish are very widespread.
15:00, 85f at back door. walked pup. settled down with a book. sheep out in pasture. 2 deer behind dog pen.
18:40, 70f, partly cloudy. hay to the donkeys. sheep need to clean theirs up. got 3 eggs. burned some yard debris, mostly palmetto fans and bootjacks. mosquitos are around. not surprised with the woods and swamps full of water.
21:30, 66f, a fog forming. fire mostly out. waxing crescent moon in the west. mars rising in the east. stars looking pretty. sheep snoring in barn. donkeys finishing their hay. good night, farm..
Updated: 2:30 AM GMT on April 05, 2014
By: marsHen, 10:17 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
05:50, 58f, slightly foggy. roosters sleeping. let them sleep. pup spots something in front yard. mostly asleep guardian rushes in opposite direction. stars out. venus blazing in the east. roosters just woke up..
08:00, mid tide falling at CK. a neap tide. south wind, 12 knts. 67f. oyster bar covered. fed cat,
sampling the fishes of suwannee sound and the grass flats of the out islands with otter trawl and the bait seine. 1st set was 8 miles offshore in the teeth of the wind. whitecaps. catches were extremely low in all trawls. did get one flounder. mostly sea robins, pinfish, and jellyfish. several large stingrays. saw a big shark jump clear out the water. dolphins playing inshore. offshore sets with bait seine yielded even fewer fish - a few silversides. rather strange that the water's warming up but catches remain low..
water temperature, 19C, 67f. offshore, water visibility to 2.5m., 7-8 ft. water the color of weak tea. tide turned at 10:30. birds congregated on flooding bars - willets, oystercatchers, sanderlings, dowitchers, gulls. one loon offshore, a few ducks. cormorants, brown pelicans, royal terns...
16:50, high tide falling at #4 bridge. heading back to farm after long day on water.
20:00, violet and pink sunset with crescent moon. wowser!
21:30, 66f, fog forming. lovely waxing crescent moon in the west surrounded by bright stars. had a great birthday!!
Updated: 2:41 AM GMT on April 04, 2014
By: marsHen, 12:19 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
07:10, 49f, clear. roosters crowing. strange noises from the south - cows and people? dogs? can't make it out.. maybe a round-up.. guardian guarding her food bowl from the crows. sheep out in pasture. no one seems upset but pup who wants to get the crows.......
11:00, mid tide rising at CK. south wind, 9 knts. 66f. sunny. cormorants at the oyster bar. egrets in the tide.
fed cat. finished mending last trawl. continued mending big seine. pleasant out. no bugs to speak of so worked all afternoon without breaks.
15:00, high tide at #4 bridge. west wind, 5 knts. 68f. white pelicans off to east. osprey eating a fish in pine tree across the street.
17:40, 70f, a mist forming. 3 deer in donkey woodlot. pup spots them. hay to all. got 3 eggs. guardian sleeping in front yard.
22:00, 63f, stars out. mars bright red in the east. guardian barking down the lane. pup on alert. good night.
Updated: 10:14 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
By: marsHen, 11:38 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
06:40, 46f, clear. stars out earlier. woke up roosters. sheep coming in from pasture to get their hay. coyotes woke me around midnight - a pack yipping and howling running by the north fence. dixie and guardian standing their ground. turned on 1 outside light and they all got quiet. could hear guardian prowling perimeter off to east.. figured she and dixie had it under control, went back to sleep.. another day... love my dogs.
09:00, suwannee river very high but low tide rising in back north creeks. east wind, 5 knts. that did not discourage the no-see-ums from plaguing us most of the sampling day. sampling the fishes with the 600 ft. haul seine and the 70 ft. bait seine in the back creeks north of the river - part of an on-going study of the fish populations of suwannee sound and the cedar keys. due to swift currents, catches were low in our offshore sets with the bait seine, consisting mainly of YOY (young-of-the-year) spot, pinfish, and breeding silversides.
catches in the back creeks brought in more numerous YOY spot, pinfish, and mullet. the mullet did not show up in offshore sets. the big seine caught just a few pinfish, 3 black crappie (an indication of the extent of the flooding in the river) and finger mullet. the last set also caught a dozen YOY redfish about the same size as the finger mullet.
the water temperature was 17C, 62.5f. water was the color of strong tea. birds were numerous - ducks, cormorants, brown pelicans, willets. one bald eagle perched on a cypress. a few osprey. a pod of dophin sported around the flooding sandbanks off of deer island. one dolphin approached the bow of the boat, causing us to veer away. it fell back and rode the stern wave for a brief time. found a fossilized bone cemented in a mud stone, and a worn alligator scute on the beach at deer island, where we pulled the 600 ft. seine and caught the crappies.. a pleasant, sunny day despite the sand gnats..
wind clocked to the south around noon and died to 2 knts.
14:00, south wind picking up to 5 knts. 68f. tide turning.
16:30, 3 deer in lane when I drove up, bolt across front yard, disappear in sheep yard past startled sheep.
18:30, 70f at back door. got 1 bale of decent hay at feedstore on the way home and parceled most of it out. everyone tucked in. got 2 eggs.. these chilly nights have inhibited the grass growth.
20:30, 60f, clear. waxing new crescent moon in west. a silver bowl holding the dark side of the moon.
21:30, something howling outside to north. sounds more like a dog than a coyote. got the outside dogs all worked up. guardian running around barking, dixie backing her up. all seems quiet in sheep barn. pup asleep on couch...
Updated: 12:21 PM GMT on April 02, 2014
marine biologist around the Suwannee River delta. Raise Cracker sheep on an old Cracker farm ~ 12 mi. (as the crow flies) from the Gulf.