north florida - wild florida - suwannee sound

By: marsHen , 12:11 PM GMT on February 03, 2014

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06:50, 62f, foggy. woke big rooster up who woke li'l rooster. all quiet in barn. donkeys eyeing me across the fence. guardian sleeping next to her mostly uneaten dinner. brief walk down the west lane with pup who was watching for armadillos. packing a lunch.
08:10,low tide falling at CK. 57f, east wind, 3 knts. dense fog. sampling the fishes off the cedar keys. catches in 5 trawls and 3 sets with the bait seine were generally low, consisting mostly of mid-size pinfish and very small young-of-the-year spots. catch of the day was a huge, 8" bright yellow, very pregnant male seahorse. he was lovely. have never caught one that large. he was quickly measured and returned to the water!
water temperatures varied slightly according to location and depth of the water. 13-14.5C = 55.5-57f. water was clear to 2 meters offshore but turbid inshore. heard a loon but never saw one. ducks and brown pelicans were plentiful. a large pod of dolphins stayed with us during a trawl south of snake key. love hearing them blow. fog closed in during mid afternoon. very low visibility. navigated by gps back to fog-shrouded CK.
16:00, mid tide rising at #4 bridge. 62f, SW wind, 5 knts. oyster catchers out on the shell bars. white pelicans off to the east. disturbed a mature bald eagle scarfing down a possum on my way back to the farm.
16:30, 73f at back door. hazy. clouding up. quick walk with pup. got 1 egg. turkey chili for supper.
18:20, 68f, a haze. fed sheep and donkeys. hay to both. waxing crescent moon over sheep barn. pup wants to play. so does guardian.
21:20, 68f, dense fog. no stars or moon. quiet outside. good night everyone.

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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.