Title: The Myakka River
Location: South West Florida
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The first day of spring. It is 11 AM local time. We are only about a mile from civilization and a very famous local landmark, Snook Haven Restaurant in Venice, Florida. It had been a very wet and windy "El Nino" winter. Possibly you have read or heard something of the floods and tornadoes which have wreaked havoc throughout the south, this winter.
Well, here we go again, it is about an hour after the last heavy rain and thunderstorm. The river is already flowing over its banks. There is not an aligator or turtle to be seen. They have moved further inland to somewhat dryer and higher ground. The water is running cold and very fast, but downstream, high tide is coming.
Three days later the river was much higher, about 6 feet over its banks, flooding homes. Again. Quite a winter. The Sun is coming out now, though. This image was taken with a Canon EO650, on a Manfrotto Tripod, in a boat, swinging and bouncing at anchor, in the rapidly swelling river.
Last ironed by Rabbett on: Friday, April 24, 1998.