Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs and Fort White, Florida provides an abundance of life to the natural habitation in Florida’s northeast region, and is an oasis of sorts year round.
The Ichetucknee 1 post provides information and images of
the head water springs and the north entrance to the Ichetucknee River. The images in this post reveal the south end
of the river where water travelers usually exit from the peaceful ride.
The flow of the springs creates a beautiful river that was once a secret (somewhat) before 1970. You wouldn’t know it today as thousands converge on the area. The river doesn’t mind though. It just meanders along awaiting new people to jump right in and ride along.
Ichetucknee River flows about six miles through the shaded hammocks and wetlands before joining the Santa Fe River. In 1972 the head spring of the river was declared a national natural landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park.
It’s quiet now, missing the laughter and squealing with the cool spring water. Serene, peaceful, where are the people?
It was a warm pre-spring day with a slight haze from clouds. We ponder, and imagine, that soon the echoes erupt through the oaks; ripples with the splash of the crystal clear flow. It will soon be Ichetucknee’s prime time.
Ichetucknee – Indian word meaning “beaver pond” and is one of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs. (Wikipedia) The springs are located close to High Springs, Florida.
To me, prime time is whenever I can be there, taking in the beauty around. I enjoyed the quietness and stillness without all the laughter and splashing – because it was a good picture day – even though vegetation was still dormant.
The soft flow of the springs allows a slight splash now and then but their flow is without effort, abiding within natural barriers. A leaf falls from the tree and you could almost hear it land in the woods, or softly touch the smooth, clear water.
This is a beautiful place. Observe with me the beauty even in the after-affects of winter.
Soon, the people will arrive, the green abounds and the sun bakes. The springs refresh. Below is a nice video from Trips to Discover.