Sunday, August 19, 2007
If I Could Take You Back To Camp Just One More Time
One of the big attractions of being out at camp is the relatively clear shallow water. On this last trip, I took along a cheap little disposeable underwater film camera and out of 27 shots, these 4 might be worth sharing. The camera does okay in really bright light and really clear water, but this is planet Earth after all, so those two things don't always happen on the same day.
The needle fish were constantly patrolling the camp perimeter and snapping at anything small that might be prey. If they ventured out from the camp pilings, life got more dangerous for them and more than once I saw one frantically zipping out of the water like a skipped stone. The camera could not handle the shade under the camp, but THAT is where most of the fish were located during the day ... lots of spottail pinfish, mangrove snappers, toadfish, spadefish, and grunts.
Southern stingrays were a constant and harmless presence if you just give them some space. They were easy to spot even though they are capable of fluffing into the mud and almost disappearing. It's not easy being a ray, your cousin the hammerhead thinks you're pretty tasty and his ampullae of Lorenzinni can find you even if you're fluffed and it's night.
Even more harmless, the horseshoe crabs were pretty common around the camp too. This male has latched on to a female so he'll be there when she spawns. The only problem with his impatience is she needs a sandy beach for that and the nearest one was Anclote Key about two miles from the camp.
At the pace they crawl, he'd better be a good conversationalist if he expects to keep her enchanted as she drags his dead weight around.