Florida Impressions

Exploring Florida's Outdoors

Recent Adventures...

  • Launch Site

    The launch site at Blackwater Creek features a picnic table, grill and parking for a couple of vehicles.

  • Driving In

    The drive into Blackwater Creek

  • Sand boil

    A small sand boil in a side spring of Blackwater Creek

  • Getting Dirty

    Getting muddy is a common side effect when exploring Florida's swampy areas.

  • Small Spring

    A small spring that empties into Blackwater Creek

  • Exploring

    Exploring a small spring vent.

  • Spring Vent

    A small spring vent contains sulphur reducing bacteria.

  • Boardwalk

    It's been a little while since this boardwalk has seen any visitors.

  • Exploring

    Looking for small fish, crayfish and other inhabitants of spring runs.

  • Loaded Up

    Loaded up for a half day of adventure.

  • Red Maple

    Red maples add a bit of color to the normally green landscape along Blackwater Creek.

  • Banded Watersnake

    A banded watersnake basks in the sunlight along the edge of Blackwater Creek

  • Heron in Flight

    A heron takes off from it's perch on a palm tree.

  • View Along the Creek

    A typical view along Blackwater Creek

  • Paddle

    Paddling Blackwater Creek

  • Limpkin

    A limpkin searches for food along the banks of Blackwater Creek.

  • Canoe Explorers

    Exploring Blackwater Creek by canoe.

  • Canoe Explorers

    Exploring Blackwater Creek by canoe.

  • Last Light

    The sun sets behind the trees, marking the end to the first day of 2016.

  • Sunset on the Lake

    As the sun started the set, the wind died creating a nice, glassy surface.

  • Bald Eagle

    While gliding along in the canoe, I spotted a bald eagle cruising just off the surface of the lake. It headed to a nearby pine tree, where it rested for a bit before being scared off by a couple of crows.

  • Big Gator

    One of the biggest alligator specimens we encountered. Shortly after this photograph was taken this alligator slowly slide into the water and disappeared from view, which is often a nerve wracking experience.

  • Little Gator

    One of many alligators spotted along our short paddle.

  • Turtle

    One of many turtles spotted.

  • Spider Lily

    Spider lilies were seen in abundance along the shoreline.

  • Green

    As is the case with many of Florida's rivers and swampy areas in the summer, the view along the Hillsborough River offers lots of greenery.

  • Typical View

    The Hillsborough River is abound with views like this.

  • Alligator

    One of many alligators spotted along our short paddle.

  • Alligator

    One of many alligators spotted along our short paddle.

  • Juvenile Little Blue Heron

    A juvenile little blue heron sits perched on one of the many tree limbs that span across narrow sections of the river.

  • Juvenile Little Blue Heron

    A juvenile little blue heron sits perched on one of the many tree limbs that span across narrow sections of the river.

  • Juvenile Little Blue Heron

    A juvenile little blue heron walks the shoreline, looking for food.

  • Juvenile Little Blue Heron

    A juvenile little blue heron sits perched on one of the many tree limbs that span across narrow sections of the river.

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