Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ocala National Forest, Salt Springs

We just got back from a short camping trip to Salt Springs. This natural spring rising from vertical fissures from deep within the earth. The spring pumps out 52 million gallons of fresh water every day and is a constant 72 degrees. This presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity. Thus the name “Salt Springs.”

This is the head spring and it flows into the lake it created

We were fortunate enough to find an Osprey nest, we heard the chicks but could not see them.

Naturally, the area is home to squirrels. I just love these rodents, they are so comical to watch.

Nothing is nicer than the morning moon



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Going Ape

I absolutely love primates. Literally, I can sit and watch these creatures all day and not get bored. There is just something about these fellow tellurians that strums an inner cord in me. Anyway, there is a state park about twenty miles away from me and we took a small two day camping trip. We’ve been to the Silver River State Park before, and I had posted a blog about this trip as well.

What I did not know, is across the river a troop of Wild Rhesus Monkeys live. I took tons of photos, but only three of them were good enough to make smartphone wallpapers out of. Being across the river I could not get close enough and had to shoot between the foliage. Monkeys do move quite fast, so I am happy with the photos I got.

Amazingly, these monkey’s are found in Asia where they are from, in lower South Carolina, USA where they had escaped from a science lab and in Ocala, Florida, USA, where a tour-boat owner thought it would add excitement to his jungle tour and put these monkeys on a small island. Unfortunately, he did not realize that monkeys can swim! There is another, local legend, that during the filming of a Tarzan movie, a group of Rhesus monkeys escaped and bred in the wild.


Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Camping, iPhone, Photo, Rhesus Monkey, Wallpaper


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