Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Rattlesnake Bayou and Rabbit Creek to once again look for Manatees. Did not see any Manatees today.
Distance: 12 miles (round trip). Today I celebrate reaching my goal of kayaking 1500 miles this year. Yahoo!
Pedal time: 3 hours
Weather: Temp 75 degrees, No wind. Water temp about 84 degrees. Partly cloudy. High tide. Current negligible.
|Header Image is a photo of the elongated flower tube of a Pineland Hibiscus wildflower (Hibiscus aculeatus).|
|When I left home, there was lightning on the horizon and rain was showing up on the radar south of the area. A half hour later at sunrise near the entrance to Rabbit Creek, clouds started breaking up.|
|Another 20-30 minutes later, I turned around in Rattlesnake Bayou and was surprised to see a second round of sunrise colors. This one was better than the first.|
|Today was one of those high tide no wind no current water slick as glass type kayak trips and like Tony the Tiger says, "Theeeey're Grrrrreat!"|
|Osprey Eagle having breakfast on a limb.|
|In upper Rabbit Creek, fall wildflowers were putting on a show. I love this time of year. This eye catching wildflower is called Flame Flower or Hummingbird Flower (Macranthera flammea).|
|It is hard to miss seeing the Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) along the banks of streams.|
|There are so many varieties of Blazing Star (aka Savanna Gayfeather) that I'm not sure what species this is.|
|Same with Meadow Beauties (Rhexia) - there are quite a few different species.|
|I believe this is a Low Pinebarren Milkwort (Polygala ramosa).|
|Thought this was a water primrose (Ludwigia) but this flower has six petals. Not sure what kind of wildflower this is.|