north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 10:45 AM GMT on September 05, 2013

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05:55, 71F, a mist. stars bright up there. orion with them. roosters crowing. guardian comes in yard. pleasant walk with pup down lane. dark out.
06:30, 71F, pumpkin orange sunrise. bunch of deer heading to cactus field from donkey woodlot. pup watching them. hay to donkeys and sheep.
09:00, low tide rising on suwannee delta. river high and swift. sampling fishes from mcgriff channel to bumblebee creek with 70 ft. bait seine, 10 sets. east wind, 5 knts. 78F, partly cloudy. lots of ospreys on oyster bars going out. big flock of terns on another bar. brown pelicans. catches were moderate depending on substrate. water temperature, 28-29C, low 80's, dark with tannin from river. refreshing. netted mostly anchovies and silversides, plus some juvenile scaled sardines, pinfish, and silver perch. last boat set in river mouth pulled in 2 beautiful young mangrove snapper. fish measured, counted, and released. no surprises today except a juvenile black crappie netted offshore. must have gotten caught in river flow. river at fanning springs highest I've seen all summer.
14:00, south wind, 3 knts. 85F, sunny and hot. glad for bimini top on boat. strangely, bugs left us alone except for a few persistant horseflies.
16:00, 88F at back door, mostly sunny. 5 deer running along the sheep pasture fence. got 2 eggs.
21:10, 76F, a mist. stars showing. guardian being stubborn about going into sheep pasture. had to get stern. pup goofy, as usual. lightning flashing in the north to NE.

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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.