Wonderful additions to an already wonderful thread, Htmb. People who rush through Florida in search of Mickey and maybe a space shot will never know that it's a state that should be savored slowly and mindfully. Your beautiful threads really crown it with the sense of home and history it deserves.
Even though my parents lived quite a bit south of Gainesville, I am left feeling nostalgic and a bit morose when I see a lot of this stuff. For example, after my father died, while I was emptying the house to bring my mother back to France, one of the things that I did extremely conscientiously was to prune the crape myrtle, the wild roses and some of the other plants, hoping that they would look their best when the house was being sold. This was in February and the house was sold by the end of March, so I just hope that I did a decent job.
February is the perfect time to prune, Kerouac. You must have done well since the house sold so fast. And it's good think you missed the recession. I purchased my home in 2007, and I still couldn't get back what I paid for it if I put it up for sale now.
Alligators (and snakes) really aren't a problem unless you swim in some of the more isolated, swampy areas. The water is very clear and you can see the sand bottom when swimming and splashing about in water up to about about six feet deep. There are times, early in the morning or late in the day, when an alligator might be seen swimming past the end of a dock, but most of the time it's not a problem.
I try to be watchful when out kayaking near the areas where alligators are known to frequent and, when skiing or hydrosliding, there are places where you certainly don't want to fall. I usually head out into deeper water if I see an alligator coming near my kayak, especially during mating season when they tend to be more aggressive.
In the past, I've seen some pretty amazing things. There's a time during each year when bullfrog eggs hatch and grow into giant tadpoles. I've seen a dark wave of tadpoles swimming through the water in huge groups; seemingly hundreds at a time.
One of the most interesting things I ever witnessed at the lake happened just a dusk. The lake was very quiet and smooth as glass. It was a Sunday evening and all the weekend people had left for home. I was in my kayak, enjoying the quiet and paddling along when I heard a speed boat coming from behind me. Since I was alongside the edge of the grass, to my right, I wasn't too worried about the boat. I braced myself for the inevitable wake as the boat zoomed by on my left. Behind the boat was a slalom skier, totally naked except for his ski vest.
What a stunning collection of photos. I was wondering the same as NYCgirl as I was reading (alligators). I am so glad I snorkelled with manatees in Florida years before your threads were created htmb, I don't think I would now !!
So many great photos but the photos of the different trees with the wonderful moss are so good.
Behind the boat was a slalom skier, totally naked except for his ski vest.
LOL --did you not get a photo ?
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I was born and raised in (Waldo,FL) to a family with deep local roots. I learned to fish/ski on lakes Alto/Santa Fe @ a very young age. As a proud lifelong resident it's easy to take for granted! Your pictures remind me just how lucky I am!!!