Sunday, February 09, 2014

The Spring

As I wrote in my post on my other blog,  this spring that we stayed at for a few days is a geological wonder and an historic site, and only available to us because we are friends of the current owners.  Here is the spring itself where I cropped out the intrusive sonar platform.  This spring is so deep that it does not boil the surface of the water.  It always remains crystal clear and glass calm.


We had to work the canoe around a Federal fence that exists to keep out the riffraff and in our case to keep in the riffraff.  We worked our ancient 18-foot aluminum canoe like a surgeons' needle and broke into this pristine opening above on the other side.  We were now in public waters.

Above you can see the tip of the canoe as we now head north about 0.8 mile into the Helena Run which is the outflow from Lake Denham.  Winter in central Florida means no leaves on the trees, just like at home.

This lake Denham seemed so enormous as we sat on its surface because it was so clear, calm and the distant Florida horizon was stretched flat like a gray fuzzy blanket.  In the distance, not seen in this photo, was one lone bass fisherman with his dozen lines placed all around his boat.  As we moved the glassy water, it sometimes felt as if the polished surface would swallow us up never to be heard from again.

Sometimes we got the feeling that we were the only people left to explore on earth.  There was not a breath of air on this cool day and bird sounds were muffled far back into the woods.  In my next post I will show a few of the aviators seen on this float back in time.

10 comments:

joeh said...

Are you sure that last photo isn't upside down?

Wow!

Brian Miller said...

wow...love it when you are away from everyone else and feel distant but what awe and wonder...look at that sky...its awesome....

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a gorgeous photos, love so much the reflection on water! Fantastic!

ellen abbott said...

What a beautiful place.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos that you have made, love them.

messymimi said...

What an amazing feeling that must have been! Lovely photos.

Jenny Woolf said...

What a lovely description. And that last photograph really is other worldly. I like to imagine that it was pleasantly warm, too, Florida in the winter can be so nice.

Red said...

It's not often we find a very quiet place to run our canoe. You gave us some great photos.

Linda Reeder said...

What a beautiful experience!

Granny Annie said...

It all appears so peaceful.