north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 12:43 AM GMT on January 08, 2014

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05:30, 29F, clear. stars showing. cold, sick lamb in barn. hot water bottles and blanket and a warm sip of milk which she wouldn't swallow was al I could do since I was meeting the crew for a sampling trip on the suwannee. did chores, packed lunch. woke roosters up. pup cold. guardian running in circles.
08:50, 28F, north wind, 10-15 knts. all day. ice on the banks of the suwannee river. ice on the deck of the boat. hands freezing. water temperature, 14C, 59F. water felt warm compared to the air which did not get above 39 most of the day. trawled and did boat sets with bait seine. 10 sets. catches were low, mostly small amounts of pinfish and silver jennys (Eucinostomus sp) no larger than 2", a few juvenile blue crabs, and a juvenile large mouth bass. we had to abort several trawls due to snags which meant we dumped the catch without measuring them and set the trawl again. both aborts brought in some big fat white catfish, which were wrestled out of the trawl sleeve and thrown back. birds were scarce - 1 small flock of brown pelicans, another small flock of white pelicans, and a lot of cormorants flying and rafting. a loon in the river. a few ducks in side creeks. 2 wet, muddy, and cold-looking raccoons puttering around the river banks. water was low. everything else was hunkered down.
14:00, 40F at back door. checked in barn and lamb was dead. buried her. hay to all. chicken soup for supper. built fire.
17:20, 35F, chores done. 2 loads of wood under porch roof. getting tired..
waxing half moon up above.

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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.