north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 12:18 PM GMT on March 23, 2013

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07:05, 57F, overcast and drizzling. damp dixie at back door. pup out looking for guardian. roosters crowing. crashed last night after writing my last entry. just put the screen in front of the fireplace and went to bed. on days like yesterday I start thinking I'm getting too old for those freakin' bitter days on the water but the beauty, the wildlife, and whatever washes up on shore draws me. it's the only part of my day where I'm completely happy and only bound up in the moment, where there's no past and no future - just the now, however cold and wet it might be ...
as einstein wrote - the field is the only reality.
12:00, wild turkey hen sighting along 345. high tide rising at CK. 65F, south wind, 8 knts. thick fog. ducks in the shallows. attended the 4th annual report on archaeological studies of the shell mound cultures of the lower suwannee. very good talk by ken sassaman from uf. shell mounds, and/or middens, have fascinated me since I was a child living on a barrier island in s.c. lower suwannee has a wealth of shell rings, crescents, and mounds along the marsh and on the out islands, some of which are eroding away due to rising sea levels. studies are being done on some out islands and the big mound known as "shell mound."
15:10, high tide still rising. south wind, 15 knts., is blowing it in. 66F, and so foggy that atsena otie, the closest island to the restaurants, is not visible. ducks in the shallows. egrets in the spartina along the causeway.
15:40, 74F at back door. overcast. thunder in distance. still.
19:20, overcast. thunder. 69F. fog.

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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.