north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 10:59 AM GMT on May 22, 2013

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05:50, 66F, foggy. moisture dripping off eaves. dixie at back door. pup and russell out. roosters crowing. guardian shows up. packing a lunch.
09:10, high tide rising on the suwannee river. 72F, east wind, 8 knts. sunny. sampling fishes by trawl and bait seine offshore between barnett creek and the sand bar that was once coon island. catches were low at all sites. water very dark from tannin flowing in from the swamps. visibility inshore, less than 2 ft. visibility offshore, 6-8 ft. water temps ranged from 25F, 77F, inshore to 27C, 80F on surface offshore. warming up quickly. majority of fish netted inshore were anchovies. offshore the majority were small flatfish. all fish identified, measured, and returned to water. tore a huge hole in trawl in last set. ghost crabtrap. a few cormorants and brown pelicans. one large sea turtle. got hot by noon. a light chop. sawgrass putting out tall bloom spikes on the river.
14:20, still high tide at boat ramp. 79F, west wind 6 knts. managed to avoid no-see-ums. definitely the last trip in waders until the fall.
15:00. back to cowtown. mid 80's. sunny. feed, fuel, and food on the list. tired.
14:30, clouding up at farm. 95F in sun at back door. unloaded truck. pup out. sheep in pasture.
17:30, 88F, thunder rolling in. overcast. rain begins. unplugged computer.
20:10, 73F, wet out. muggy. finished chores. remnants of pink sunset. clearing.
21:20, waxing gibbous moon with rainbow ring. stars out. a fog. smells great - pines, cedars, wet grass, 4 o'clocks..

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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.