north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:49 AM GMT on March 04, 2012

05:50, 49F, overcast, drizzling, dark.. 0.25" rain in the cat's bowl. stiff breeze from NW. roosters up. oatmeal for breakfast.
07:45, 51F, mostly cloudy, rain's stopped. birds singing. azaleas survived the wind and rain for the most part. cabbage fans scattered through the yard but otherwise all seems o.k.
08:30, 52F, clearing but windy. driving down the lane, I startled a red-shouldered hawk who flew before me all the way down the lane with a rat in its talons..
09:05, low tide at CK, birds out on the mudflats. crossing # 3 bridge, a flock of ducks flew in from the east and settled in the channel. their feet, spread upon the water, threw up rainbows of spray as they landed. 60's, fierce wind from the NW. went to joe rain's beach after church. tide was very low and I walked the beach looking for pottery sherds and whelk shells. found the phryngeal plate of a black drum, and a brown-stained femur that I threw far out into the water. this area is the washed out edge of a vast shell mound. I made notes on the paste and designs, if any, of the sherds which can be vaguely dated by such. some of the sherds were several thousand years old and badly eroded. the whelk shells (lightning and crown conch), broken, I collected to make a wind chime. also found an old pepsi bottle.. very windy, but sunny, at the beach. it reminded me of walking the beaches of the low country, where I grew up.
12:00, tide still low. heading back to the farm.
12:30, 65F, sunny, and windy, NW. everything's looking beautifully green..
17:30, 58F, clear, wind dying down. got 2 eggs. fed lil rooster. he must have been hungry. he ate 3 days worth of food in one day. sheep spending alot of time out in the pasture on that new grass. forecast calls for patchy frost. hoping it won't be here but this is not an area where it always frosts.. built a fire in the fireplace. caught right away. getting low on firewood. 4 deer under the big pecans by the donkey's water.
19:40, 51F, clear and calm. venus and jupiter heading for a conjunction. brilliant in the sky. waxing gibbous moon high in the eastern sky. bright enough to make shadows. field tomorrow. should go to bed early..

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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.