Friday was work-related. Because normally we wouldn't drive 75 miles south and eventually down a dirt road to an obscure boat dock on the Fenholloway River (officially described as a "small, blackwater stream). But a bunch of students were having a field trip where they were learning how to take water quality samples, and Bob and I were to meet them at one point and talk about native animals.
After we got on that dirt road, it was beautiful, in that wild way that Bob called "quintessential North Florida." It's wetlands and marshes and palmettos and wildflowers and just plain mysterious. We got there early so had time to admire. In a month or two, when the weather will be in the 90's and the air alive with mosquitoes and biting flies, I might not find it so admirable--but Friday was perfect. Bob commented that it looked like it could be a computer screensaver. I thought--"needs an alligator." Then, right on cue, he appeared. Perfect.
|Wild Dixie Irist|
|Look closely--he's that double-dot floating in the water|
We did the riverboat tour afterwards--because I'd never go to the Springs without going out. It's been kept wild and untouched except for the boats, and the animals have gotten to the point that they ignore them. Like Friday, it was almost cool, and clear, and the colors of the sky and water and trees looked almost artificial, like Disney World at it's finest. I rested my head on my arms and watched it all slip past, and realized that I do love this primitive beauty where I've made my home.
And I need to remember these moments and store them for the months ahead when stepping outside into air that feels like hot moldy syrup and all the greens are the color of overboiled spinach.
Another sign of spring--for a few weeks we couldn't handle the hawk at the museum because even though she doesn't have a mate she still built a nest and laid eggs--and guarded them. Trust me--you don't go near a broody hawk if you don't want to get those 3-inch talons in you. On the other hand--it was pointed out that she looks like an angry muppet.
Finished Woven into the Earth but am reading the companion book that gives details on the clothing construction. These were every day clothes, but the craftsmanship on them is exquisite.
"Sourcery" by Terry Pratchett. Anything by Pratchett is fun--he plays with words like a cat with a toy mouse.