I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter on the Silver River

The last time mom and dad were here, way back in '04, I took them to Silver Springs Park to go on the glass bottom boats. This time we took them up the Silver River on our pontoon. I love the river in the spring and summer, and it's really beautiful in the fall, too. During the winter it's kinda drab with most of the trees being without leaves. But you can really see the wildlife!

It was a long way up the river before we saw the 1st gator, but after that, they were everywhere.

This is a big momma gator. Her babies are on the log behind her.

There was a momma and 8 babies here! I couldn't fit them all in and still be close enough to see them.

Gator babies are babies you DON'T want to play with hahaha!
I didn't take pics of every gator we saw, but dad did!

Dad took lots of pictures!

Mom took lots of pics and posted them to FaceBook :)

There were so many birds out, too. I didn't take pics of many of the birds, because I have so many already.

I also have tons of pics of turtles on logs, but one or two more is ok, right?

I never tire of taking pics of the monkeys!

They are so fun to watch! And the babies are adorable!

I love being able to see the bottom of the river through the clear, clean water :)

So pretty! This is in about 17 feet of water!

It's still as mesmerizing now as it was when I was a little kid.

Ha! MORE monkeys!

There's a little one in the palmetto.

Oh, I love the monkeys!

and Cypress knees!

They just look so very cool! Cypress trees use these "knees" to breathe.

I thought this tree made an interesting picture, too.

I love the Silver River! And I love sharing it with my loved one's and visitors!
Would you like to take a trip up the river?


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I would love it! I have never seen the monkeys...how cute! And what a great way to enjoy the scenery! I wanna go! heehee! Sweet hugs!

Migrainista said...

What an incredible place. I've never seen monkeys outside of a zoo - it must be fun to watch them in their actual habitat.The baby gaters are cool too but I think I would be scared to boat through their waters. Looks like you guys are having such a blast :)

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

YES! How amazing to see monkeys and gators like that, but the monkeys really surprised me - I had no idea they were out free in the wild like that in Florida. Am I crazy cuz I'd like to hold a baby gator?

I'm going to google Silver River as I have no idea where its at.

Sheryl Hastings said...

Great pictures of what looks like a great time. LOVE that mom was posting pics to facebook! I remember when my kids were using it and it was strictly for college students. Look how far we've come. Even our moms are in on it!

Alligators, yikes!!!

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