north florida - wild florida

By: marsHen , 11:53 AM GMT on January 10, 2014

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05:50, 64F (!), dense fog. even with kitchen light on and a head lamp I got lost in the yard. roosters crowing. guardian ate her dinner, sleeping by truck. all quiet in sheep barn. packing lunch.
08:00, high tide falling at C.K. 62F, east wind, 8 knts. thick fog. double tripping to sample fishes between corrigan's reef and north key = offshore trawls, and inshore seines. catches were low on the trawl boat. fish of the day was the spottail jawfish, about 2.5" in length. water temperatures ranged from 10C -12C, 50-53.5F, depending on the water depth. tide across the flats between the out islands was ferocious and one reason for the low catches. netted a bushel of sea stars, which bind up the net. all fishes, etc., identified, measured, counted, and returned to the gulf. a few ducks out there, paired or solitary buffleheads mostly. a few loons. all swimming and/or flying in and out of the fog. did not see the out islands until our last 2 sets. partly sunny. wind veered to the south, 3 knts.
15:30, 68F. mid tide falling at #4 bridge.
the usual suspects - cormorants, brown pelicans, seagulls, on the oyster bar. great blue in marsh. kingfish on the wire.
17:50, 67F, ground fog in the pastures. chores. smoked ribs for dinner! all dogs happy.
20:50, 65F, ground fog, clear above. stars out - orion, jupiter - waxing gibbous moon floating above the farm. good night sheep.

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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.