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Ocala National Forest, Salt Springs

15 Apr

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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3 responses to “Ocala National Forest, Salt Springs

  1. charlesmichelduke

    April 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I hope you bathed like crazy in the springs – are these ones medicinal as well?

    I love the squirrel – so cute. And there is nothing like being in the outdoors for a holiday. Looks like you had a great time!

     
    • Craig & Joe

      May 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Some of the springs in Florida were known for healing qualities back-in-the-day. It seems that today most people pass it off as superstition. With that said, you do feel so much better after being in the water for awhile.

       
  2. in every atom

    April 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I love the squirrel and how the tail is being held. And what a great photo of the moon – wow!! I never heard of springs in Florida, that sounds like lots of fun. Agree with charles, hope you got to bathe in them and relax. Or are these springs riddled with alligators?

     

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