I first visited Ginnie Springs while floating in a tube down a section of the Santa Fe River one hot summer day in North Central Florida. That was many years ago, but the crystal waters and bounty of springs stuck fast in my memory. In recent years during visits with my Gainesville pal, John Moran, I've made a few photo trips to Ginnie Springs Outdoors - a popular diving, camping, snorkeling, picnicking, and tubing destination for thousands of visitors each year.
Ginnie is a richly endowed place of Florida-springs-beauty. Come take a virtual visit with me.
At the end, you'll find another nightscape that John and I shot recently. I have just finished the extensive post-processing of it. Called Star Struck, it's of Ginnie's Dogwood Spring, same as in the photo above.
Ginnie Ring Ripple
Buttonbush in Aqua
Spring Run Meets River. This is the confluence of Ginnie Spring Run and the Santa Fe River.
Devils "Eardrum". Looking straight down the channel of Devils Ear Spring, a diver can be seen "tickling the Eardrum".
Devils Rainbow. When the River water level is just right, you can dive into Devils Ear and look up to see the tannic red river water swirling in patterns against the clear spring water rushing up past you. The mixture changes constantly, so getting "the shot" is a matter of luck and trying a lot. Another one below.
Into The Mystery
Devils Ear Chain
Ginnie Run Light. Early mist "mystifies" the river confluence of Ginnie Spring.
Devils Eye Spring
Mirage in Spring
Freefall into Spring (Devils Eye)
Fire Water (Devils Ear)
Earth Eye (Dogwood Spring)
Touchdown. Swallow-tailed Kite swoops to the river.
John and I light up Dogwood Spring after dark.
Florida's springs are its Fountains of Youth, and Life. The ancient coral-reef-limerock that underlies Florida's crust is riddled with a network of veins which carry this crystal clear lifeblood. As the clean water flows up into our springs, lakes, and rivers, and out to our Gulf estuaries, our flora and fauna (humans included) are sustained. This is a fragile system. It is failing in some parts, and poisoned in others. Over-pumping, over-fertilizing, polluting runoff, etc. are taking their toll. And now there is talk of fracking. What are we thinking?
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