More Beauty around Homosassa Florida

In my last blog post I shared the story of my first few weeks in Homosassa Florida; tales from Natures Resort, many images of the birds I never grow tired of watching… Heron, Egret, Pelican, Osprey, and an adorable video clip of my first Manatee encounter! Six weeks later I’m still parked here, still enjoying the people and the Homosassa experience…. from sunrise to sundown and beyond.

Homosassa Florida

Sunrise on Halls River, Homosassa Florida

Homosassa Florida

Daybreak on Halls River

Homosassa Florida

Halls River

Halls River, Homosassa Florida

Trees along Halls River

Halls River, Homosassa Florida

Scene on Halls River

Homosassa Florida

Evening on Halls River

About a week after I arrived, Eryn Worthington of the Citrus County Chronicle came out to interview me for an article she titled Letting Life Happen. That article (see blue link) inspired a flood of communications from many very friendly folks with offers of kayak meet-ups to boating on the river, as well as numerous suggestions on places I MUST see before I leave. I’ve only had an opportunity to meet up with a few, but I’d like to thank all those who’ve reached out.

One of those was Kathy Lemmer, who took me out kayaking at Chassahowitzka Springs (I’m told it’s pronounced “Case of Whisky”, which is much easier to remember.) We had a marvelous afternoon paddling our way up beautiful streams so thick with foliage you have to duck to get under some, and so narrow and shallow in some places you have to get out and walk your kayak. It was nothing short of breathtaking! Thanks Kathy!! Hope we can meet up again soon!!

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Kayaking with my new friend Kathy on Chasawiska Springs

 

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

near Homosassa Florida

Chasawiska Springs

near Homosassa Florida

The springs on Chasawiska Springs

near Homosassa Florida

Kayaking the Chasawiska Springs, near Homosassa Florida

Another special place I strolled through on my own is the Ellie Shiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. This beautiful 210 acre park surrounds the headwaters of the Homosassa River. It is home to hundreds of creatures, from a huge variety of birds to black bear, and of course manatee. Many manatee are injured by boaters each year, and in this area they are brought here for treatment. Once they are healthy they are released back into the springs. The other residents of the park are unable to survive in the wild on their own. I don’t typically enjoy viewing caged animals, but this park is very well done giving the animals very natural and spacious environments, and they are obviously well cared for. Photographing wildlife in a place like this is akin to shooting fish in a barrel in my opinion, but I brought my camera and made it my challenge to capture what I could with natural backgrounds and good lighting.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Burrowing Owl

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Wood Stork

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

American White Pelican

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

White Pelican with breeding season horny plate on upper mandible

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Red-shouldered Hawk

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Bald Eagle

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Bald Eagle

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Whooping Crane

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Greater Flamingo

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Barred Owl

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Barn Owls

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Crested Caracara

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Young Roseate Spoonbill

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Green Heron

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Brown Pelican coming in for a land at Homosassa Springs

Homossa Springs Wildlife State Park

White Ibis

Burrowing Owl, Homosassa Springs State Park

Burrowing Owl

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Domesticated Turkey

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Fox

Since these adventures I’ve made my way by car to Atlanta for the Imaging USA convention, where I was fortunate to see and spend lots of time with a tremendous number of good friends from my chosen profession. Most know me as a portrait photographer, many knew of my journey, and some of those I’ve managed to see across the country. It was heartwarming to see these folks, and even meet some new friends, after a few years off the circuit… and nearly off the grid! :-)

I’m back for more time in Florida, and still calling Homosassa home. Here’s one last evening image taken from my kayak on Halls River.

Halls River, Homosassa Florida

Evening Scene on Halls River

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13 thoughts on “More Beauty around Homosassa Florida

  1. Beautiful, Fran. You are becoming a true Florida girl. You are in one of the most gorgeous spots in the whole state. I am glad you are enjoying it and capturing images that reflect how special it is there. Take care, friend. xxxooo

    • Thank you Kathleen. I’m memorized by the beauty here. Every day is peaceful and at the same time unique. I love being on the river, and can’t get enough of the birds!!!

  2. That’s amazing how many different species you captured. Love the bald eagles. This video isn’t very good, but check out what I captured a couple years ago at a ranch in Wyoming. It was so interesting how aware, disturbed and protective the mom & dad were as I was in the area. As soon as I walked away they were just fine, but while I near the nest they kept hovering…keeping a watchful eye on their young. :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7BNLs0SA4

    • Thanks Mike. I watched a bald eagle on the hunt on the river I’m camped on for about 20 minutes a few evenings ago. He soared around and around and swooped to the water several times before flying upriver with a fish. They are amazing birds. I had a similar experience to your eagles with Osprey I photographed while traveling through Montana. Seen here in The Road to Yellowstone… http://journeyinfocus.com/2012/08/14/the-road-to-yellowstone/ When I looked closely at the images I could see the fish was partially consumed, so they’d already been in the nest with it and took flight with it to draw my attention away from the nest.

  3. Glad you are enjoying Florida! I went to the wildlife park back when it was still privately owned. Several times I have taken the boat ride to and from the park just to watch the wood ducks with their babies. There is a great wildlife management area called Emerelda Marsh. It’s about 45 minutes from where you are and definitely worth the drive. Keep soaking up all that vitamin D!!

  4. Beautiful pictures of our kayak outing, Fran. I love the reflections on the water you captured. Enjoyed spending the time discovering the springs with you. Hope we can visit Rainbow Springs to kayak before you leave our area, or maybe the friendly folks here have convinced you to stay a while longer?

    • I thoroughly enjoyed our outing Kathy! Thank you! And thank you for the PM regarding my misspelling of the Chassahowitzka. Don’t know how the other spelling came up online.

      I would love to get out to Rainbow with you and Cathy W if we can coordinate it. As for how long I’ll be around… that remains a mystery… even to me. :-)

  5. Fran,

    Just spent time looking at both your websites. Your photography is such a breath of fresh air in the changeing world of photography. The variety of pictures throughtout the country , shows the world the real beauty of all our states. Your pictures Fran are simply stated ” eye candy ” for us nature lovers. Thanks …. Jeff

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