north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 12:38 PM GMT on September 26, 2013

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07:00, 74F, clear. waning half moon over the house. a mist. roosters crowing. 2 deer, one browsing on the edge of the cactus field, the other, a young buck, in the lane. pup sees him. pup dragged back to house. guardian comes into the yard. does not want to play. a turkey calling from south woods. or perhaps a fish crow..
8:15, sun has moved far enough south so that first rays move through the south bedroom into the living room. love this old house that was situated perfectly for the equinoxes.
10:30, mid-tide falling at CK. NW wind 10 knts., 79F. partly cloudy, sunny. spoonbills poking around spartina banks. white pelicans on the shell bar by #3 bridge.
fed cat. #3 trawl almost dry. spread other 3 trawls out to dry. all trawls including back-up trawls, soaked from salt spray and then rain. dried them in sun and good breeze. washed #2 trawl which had been used to trawl offshore. a disintegrating starfish was the clue. pleasant out, 80F, good breeze from NW. mended past the last turn corks on the old 600 ft. seine. 100 ft. more to peruse and mend. the new seine is waiting to be mended next.
16:20, mid-tide rising at #4 bridge. spoonbills and egrets working along the spartina banks. 2 brown pelicans swimming by fishing bridge.
17:00, 82F at back door. guardian waiting at the gate. pup waiting at back door. sunny and warm out. walk with pup along south edge of cactus field under pines and in shade.. a lot of young pines coming up. most are probably sand pines which grow fast but only last 60-70 years. could transplant smaller ones farther out in the field in january. got 2 eggs.
19:00, 80F, clear. sun setting in shades of bright orange. lovely amber light shooting through donkey woodlot. one deer slips through. pup on alert. the son calls. sheep stand waiting...
20:30, 77F, a mist. the smell of woodsmoke. no fire apparent. stars dim and seem far away. dark out.

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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.