February 26: snow on the island above the knees; the lowest water/ice level I've seen, so that stumps and mounds have appeared in new places. There have been negative reports about Stillwater from snowmobilers unfamiliar with the terrain who strayed from the main trail. No wonder: gigantic piles of rocks, stumps, bumps, cracks in the ice as it bottomed out in places and became draped over high profile features.
[from the Facebook page about Rap-Shaw Club that I moderate.]
[US Geological Survey 2-year graph for Stillwater levels.]
Rainbow Springs, the 4th largest spring in Florida, was an "attraction" before Disney erupted. The amusement rides, monorail and zoo are gone, although for history's sake some of the cage structures, waterfalls, and other infrastructure are left. What remains is a lovely blue spring and interesting landscaping including early blooming azaleas and camellias. This is our first Florida day, and it's a doozie!
A resident glossy ibis and the dock that is out our front door here in Floral City.