Yet another distracting, ice cream melting, diversion ...
For most of her history, even early in the 20th century, Florida was a place of few roads and even fewer good roads. People traveled by waterways, rough trails, and the sandy beaches.
A road like this would have been considered a fine highway even during the Tin Can Tourist era. This elevated road snakes a short distance through cypress swamps until it reaches the Suwannee River and a small boat ramp.
Reflecting back on last Sunday, I actually went here BEFORE going to the piney watermanagement lands for a walkabout that I posted about on Tuesday.
So ... I was even later than you might have imagined.
But ...seriously, would you rush through this? Is flavored, sweetened, frozen secretion from bovine modified sweat glands really that crucial?
Sometimes, the ice cream just has to melt.
The cypressy causeway ends along the south bank of the Suwannee River. As I arrived, literally as I stepped out of the JEEP, a huge sturgeon lept from the river, hung for that brief second that seems so much longer, and then fell to the water with an enormous splash.
A minute later, and I would have been pointing my camera out there composing a shot.
So of course, I had to wait a while, finger poised on shutter release ... waiting.
Not as totally crazy as it seems by the way, these huge fish jump alot and we've already had a few boaters get whacked this year.
Since you're going to ask why they jump ... I'll tell you.
They jump because they are happy.
After all ... it's the spawning season.