Monday, April 12, 2010
We promised ourselves we'd take a day off once a week to visit local attractions. A week almost passed us by, but today we visited Rainbow Springs State Park, which is about half an hour from our home.
The springs are the fourth largest in Florida and the artesian spring produces 450 million gallons of water a day. The springs come from the ground ever so clear and teaming with wildlife both in and out of the water.
Today we saw so many flowers in bloom, including dogwood, redbud, azalea, flag iris, honeysuckle and many others I wasn't immediately able to identify. We also saw schools of fish, lots of turtles, and so many birds, including a pair of bald eagles squabbling in mid-air over a fish one of them caught.
Kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent to take down the river and there's an area set aside to swim in the crystal clear water. Today we were content to walk a short distance exploring the paths along the river wetlands.
Where the water is aqua green, the bottom is lined with white limestone which reflects back and shows an aqua color. In some places the water was over twenty feet deep. I couldn't decide which photos to show you. These are just a few of the highlights. Comments and suggestions are welcome.