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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 11:34 AM GMT on July 30, 2014

07:00, 69f. sun's coming up in a clear sky. front that came through yesterday morning dropped 2.5" of rain in CK but not a drop at the farm. it did drop the morning temperatures 10 degrees, though.
close encounter of a singing serpent kind yesterday afternoon in the cactus field - 4 ft., big... trotted off to get the rifle after backing away carefully and making the guardian "stay" but it evaded me. later, guardian would not let me or the pup into that area when we went for our evening constitutional. she's a good dog ...

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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 11:59 AM GMT on July 28, 2014

07:40, 78f outside, 82f in the old house that doesn't have a.c., just ceiling fans. heat advisory according to the country station.. not a flicker of breeze. orange sunrise. guardian snoring in big hole in driveway. 2 baby possums left behind at her food bowl? pup going insane.
not handling this other than moving them to some bushes...
another monday. will be washing and mending nets today. hoping I don't get heat stroke ...
7/29, 08:10, 78f outside, 83f inside. didn't get heat stroke. there was a lovely breeze from the west most of the day!! and this morning we just missed the front line which headed south in the gulf, not NE like it usually does.
the rising sun was amazing this morning - a huge pale flourescent ball just hanging off the eastern horizon! thunder out to the SW..

Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on July 29, 2014

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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 2:47 AM GMT on July 27, 2014

22:30, 80f, foggy. really hot today - 90's and muggy.
brief shower in the early morning (0.2") ramped up the humidity.
had the wash on the line by 09:20 and most of it was dry before noon.
sheep came into the yard and were good, for once. they ate a lot of weeds. although there was a side trip to the barn by a few sheep and the new oat bale was roughed up.
the hay guy called me in the early afternoon to say he was baling hay. I went out to his hay field and brought back 14 bales. it was hot unloading and stacking them but they smell so good!
as I was driving up to the hay barn, a pair of quail darted out of the area where the oat hay is. last week I walked up on a doe in there picking through it..
might get some more coastal tomorrow..
feels like august - hot and sweaty. good hay-making weather.

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north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen, 2:16 AM GMT on July 20, 2014

21:00, 78f, overcast. around 18:00, a rain line passed over and parted around the farm, a small sprinkle ensued and that was that. muggy. sheep were out in the pasture way past dusk.
lots of work out on the water the beginning of this month. water temperature in suwannee sound hovers around 86f, 30C. suwannee river is a few degrees f cooler. the visibility has improved some as the flooding has slowed. the full moon tide last week was amazing, which made for strong currents. trout were scarce but redfish and sheephead were plentiful. many of the redfish were juveniles and undersized but beautiful and healthy looking. mullet abounded in some areas. one pull with the big 600 ft. seine in a cove on snake key netted hundreds of mullet who all proceeded to jump out of the seine and pummel us. we had to watch and duck, there were so many mullet jumping out the net! netted a few snook, some flounder and juvenile black drum, plus the usual bait fish, not necessarily at snake key. our samples ran from cat island north of the river down to corrigan's reef, south of CK.
the baitfish are coming inshore now. at steinhatchee many small schools of baitfish were riffling the water. we found a few scallops this month, plus caught the first YOY (young-of-the-year) gag grouper of the big bend sampling season. measured and released, she swam off into the grass beds. all small gags are female. when they reach a certain size, they become males. most of the grouper family change sexes. that's one of the reasons why the slot limits are important in the fishery. other fish, like snook, change sex too.
the east gulf coast has been rife with thunderstorms. we had to dodge them on many of our fishing trips. monday we ran into a line of storms in steinhatchee with lightning that drove us off the water. we can work through wind and rain but lightning is tricky..
at the farm, the cabbage palms are blooming. the figs are getting ripe. the squirrels will find out soon enough. my tomato plants are about bloomed out but I had an ongoing crop with enough for salads or eating out of hand for almost 2 months so can't complain. the zinnias and nasturtiums are blooming.
it's been hot in the low 90's at the farm, 80's in the house during the day. every couple of days a few inches of rain falls, usually bands of rain over a day or two with overcast skies that bring the temperature down into the 80's. the lawn needs frequent mowing which it doesn't always get. branches are still falling from the trees where the electric company blasted down the lane along the electric wires but the bahia grass and the heirloom red-and-white-striped amaryllis have pushed through the debris and are busy greening the blasted site. love the way vegetation just steps right up and gets on with repairs!

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