Large bald cypress can be seen along the Wakulla river cruise route. During morning sunrise the flat calm waters reflect the trees. Some of these trees are estimated to be 5 to 6 hundred years old. The river margin also contains very large black gums, red maples, and green ash.
Entrance to the Wakulla Springs Lodge showing the lobby entrance between the two buildings that contain the 27 rooms. The Lodge, built in1937, is an example of Mediterranean Revival archigtecture and a vision of quiet elegance built by Edward Ball who purchased the park property in 1934. There are no televisions in the rooms providing a retreat from the modern world.
Limpkin Returns to Wakulla Springs
Limpkin is a brown heron-like bird with white streaks and a down curved bill that has just recently returned to Wakulla Springs state park. The Limpkin was a common resident at Wakulla in the past.
A view of the back entrance to the Wakulla Springs Lodge and surrounding grounds and trees leading to the springs as a winter morning sun rises. The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by financier Edward Ball and is open year-round. A full-service dining room overlooks the spring; lodge meeting facilities offer an excellent place for retreats. Wakulla Springs State Park and Lodge is listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Natural Landmark.
Hooded Mergansser Upright
A Hooded Mergansser (Lophodytes cucullatus) flapps its wings and rises out of the clear freshwaters of Wakulla Springs state park river in Florida on an overcast and rainy day in February 2015.
A life saving ring hangs on a pole overlooking the Wakulla Springs swimming area where a group of five Manatees swim near shore feeding on water plants in the shallow 72 degree F waters. During winter months Manatees swim up into the spring fed constant warm waters as shown here by the ripples in the water. A small group of Manatees, including a baby, are in the water.
Common Moorhen Watches Alligator
American Coot keeps a close watch on an alligator floating on the surface nearby between the lilly pads at Wakulla Springs state park river in February 2015.
Morning mist floats off the mirror like 72 degree F waters around the swimmming platform at the Wakulla Springs swimming area. A small group of Manatees also use this area to rest and eat. Wakulla Springs is a state park and this is the state park lodge swimming area. Across the springs outside the roped off area are numerous alligators resting on the opposite bank basking in the rising sun.
An over and underwater view of the Cypress Tree stumps and tannic colored shoreline water with the Lodge in the background.
Early morning mist hovering over the swimming platform and area.
Black Vultures Overlook Wakulla Springs
A pair of Florida Black Vultures, Coragyps atratus, are perched on a tree limb overlooking Wakullas Springs river on a chilly and rainy day in February 2015.
An adult and baby manatee surfacing for air together in the early morning hours.
A West Indian Manatee slowly glides through the 72 degree F waters of Wakulla Springs appearing to swim into the morning mist above the water. A few scars show on the Manatee's back as it surfaces in the calm waters to breath at Wakulla Springs State Park just in front of the park lodge.
Great White Egret Profile
A Great White Egret wading in the marshy area of Wakulla Springs state park.
Anhinga Drying Wings
A male Anhinga or Snake Bird dries its wings in the early morning sun while perched on a Cypress Tree in the middle of the river at Wakulla Springs state park in November 2014.
Female Anhinga Tree Perch
A female Anhinga rests perched in a tree along the river shoreling at Wakulla Springs state park in Florida.
Female Anhinga Flight Ready
A female Anhinga ready to fly from her perch on a tree limb overlooking Wakulla Springs river at the state park in Florida.
Anhinga Female - Perched Tree Limb
A female Anhinga perched on a spanich moss covered tree limb overhanging the Wakulla Springs state park river on a cold and rainy day in February 2014.
American Coot Couple
It looks like one American Coot is saying to the other "You talking to me!" Two American Coots looking at each other on the shoreline at Wakulla Springs state park river on a cloudy and rainy day in February 2015.
A small school of Grey Mullet (Mugilidae) swimming and feeding on detritus in the tannic colored and 69 degree F shallow waters of Wakulla Springs. A small clump of inorganic material can be seen hanging from the mouth of the top left mullet.
A small school of Grey Mullet (Mugilidae) swimming and feeding on detritus and water plants in the tannic colored and 69 degree F shallow waters of Wakulla Springs.
Hooded Mergansser - Male & Female
A pair of male and female Hooded Merganssers (Lophodytes cucullatus) swimming in the clear freshwaters of Wakulla Springs state park river in Florida on an overcast and rainy day in February 2015.