north florida - suwannee river

By: marsHen , 12:05 PM GMT on March 06, 2012

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06:20, 47F, clear, calm. songbirds singing, lil rooster's been crowing since 05:00.. moon must have gotten to him. going out on the river even though the forecast calls for 20-25 knts. of wind.. not my call.. have seen whitecaps on the river and had the bait net blown into the marsh, but ... should be pretty out there. cypress should be leafing out.
10:00, very low tide on the Suwannee delta, sand bars and mud banks exposed. a few alligators snoozing on them, lots of ducks and coots. upper 60's, stiff breezes, E 12-15 knts. tide coming in.
medium sized catches, blue crabs, YOY bait fish, one catch got half dozen juvenile mangrove snapper.
up to our butts in mud and surrounded by poison ivy in little dead boy creek. got a bait seine full of mud and detritus and 5 fish. flushed a small flock of buffle-head ducks as we entered the creek. so beautiful! they flew off every which way.
saw one eagle on east pass. water temps, 16-18C, depending on the depth. east pass has some deep holes. cypress were leafing out along with a lot of other swamp trees, esp. the maples. blue flag (iris) blooming in among the cypress and lizard tail. coon tracks.. did 10 sets - trawls and boat sets with the bait seine. a super day on the river.
15:30, 70's in cow town. got feed and fuel, was ready to go back to the farm.
16:50, 72F at the farm and breezy. unloaded feed and hay. got 3 eggs. dogs were glad to see me.
20:10, 65F, clear and calm. waxing almost full moon rising in the east right above the lane. venus and jupiter continue toward their conjuction. coyotes howling off to the NW, dogs answering fiercely! mars bright in the east. great day. I feel priviledged that I get to see the wonderful things I see every day. wonderful, wild north florida!

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7:31 AM GMT on March 07, 2012
Closer to midnight the moon & mars next to each other nearly directly overhead..
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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.