north florida - the cedar keys

By: marsHen , 10:29 AM GMT on May 17, 2012

05:30, 67F. partly cloudy, a few stars, no moon in sight. roosters waking up. dixie at back door. oatmeal for breakfast.
08:00, medium high tide at CK coming in. CK had 2" of rain last night. on the water by 08:40, low 70's. slight breeze. began fishing at porpoise creek south of corrigans reef. we were mobbed by dolphin.. they watched us deploy the bait seine. they came in close. they rode the bow wave. they played in the wake.. wonderful critters even though the fisherfolk think of them as "eco-terrorists," since they compete for the fish..
went on to sea horse key and atsena otie to pull the 600 ft. seine. got a half doz. female bonnet-head sharks at seahorse. got a dozen redfish in another pull on the west side of the island. got stingrays and baitfish and sheepshead and mullet. water temps: 24.6C-26c. (74-77F) calm. sunny. water clear. most of the pulls were on white sandy beaches! a super day. saw an eagle out by scale key. tide was high and turned while we were finishing up fishing..
18:30, 82F at the farm. went by the hay guy's and got 5 more bales. he's almost out and irrigating a small hay plot. we need rain!!!!!!!!!!!!
saw some turkeys on the way home.
got 2 eggs.
21:00, 73F. clear, stars showing - big dipper, north star, mars, and on and on.. big lightning show to NE!

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2. marsHen
10:30 AM GMT on May 18, 2012
we've been getting by on oat hay. seems like everyone grew it this winter. but I give half oat and half coastal. and I just got the last of the coastal from my hay guy.. we're all hoping for a short cutting in a few weeks but since there's hardly any rain, it will be very short or not cut at all until june..
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1. Skyepony (Mod)
5:53 AM GMT on May 18, 2012
Hay has pretty much dried up here. Hope ya'll get rain so we can get more. I was in South central MS last week. Turns out hay has been going for up to $40 a bale to TX. Some were writing bad checks, ripping the hay farmers selling there.
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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.