blue springs florida

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Blue Springs State Park, Florida

First time swimming in the head springs of Blue Springs. Absolutely beautiful! You have to swim upstream to get there which seems to take forever as you’re going against the current. When you get to the head spring where all the water comes from, this big crevasse opens up underneath the ground and this is actually a cave system that divers do explore. I, personally, was happy just peeking at it from the opening as I don’t think cave diving would be quite my thing at all!

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram

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Firefly Season in Florida

Blue springs state park allows visitors to stay until after sunset to enjoy this spectacle during this time of the year. It was a surreal sight seeing all these blinking glowing lights in the trees surroundings the park. As the faint light from the sky after sunset dwindled, then intensity of the flow from the fireflies seemed to increase. Captured it as best as I could, the photo doesn’t do it any justice. This was a 60 second exposure at ISO 1600 to capture as much trails as I could. 

Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil ( tumblr | instagram

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A Few Natural Springs of North Florida

  1. Layafette Blue Springs State Park
  2. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park
  3. Troy Spring State Park
  4. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Florida’s limestone bedrock is extremely porous, which has resulted in ideal conditions for natural springs. There are thousands of springs in Florida ranging from small trickles to first magnitude springs with hundreds of millions of gallons flowing out every day. 

A Manatee nurses her twin calves in Blue Spring State Park, Florida. Twins are very rare for Manatees. Mothers nurse their young for one to two years. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to see more from this assignment. With @cristinamittermeier. #manatee #baby #beauty #nature #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday @thephotosociety @natgeocreative by natgeo