Monday, April 20, 2015

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Quintessential North Florida

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/
Quintessential  
 1. of the pure and essential essence of something:
the quintessential Jewish delicatessen.
2. of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something:
the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos.

To me, the quintessential North Florida is it's natural beauty, its wildlife, its varying landscapes and most certainly its springs.



Blue Spring by Deland

My son in Madison Blue Springs, the closest one to us
 Nowhere else—that I know of—has as many clear-water springs in such a relatively small area, and each one is as unique as your fingerprint.
Silver Glen Springs
 Whoever coined the old cliché, “seen one, seen ‘em all” certainly wasn’t talking about springs!
Madison Blue Springs


Juniper Springs
I’ve yet to see all of North Florida’s fresh water horde, even though I grew up swimming in over a dozen, or all of its beaches or hidden treasures, but all of them are on my bucket list.


Cypress Springs

Itchetucknee Springs



 Links to discovering more about Natural Florida:

28 comments:

  1. We have such hot summers here and a cool dip in the springs, especially the Madison Blue Springs would be sooo welcome! Amazingly beautiful springs you have in Florida! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. That last photo is amazing. I'd expect the little folk to live near there. I haven't been to the north (Panhandle) or the west coast of Florida, I've only seen the east coast, Orlando, the Everglades in part, and the Florida Keys, I'm enjoying your posts on places I've not seen.

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  3. Hi Lisa - quintessential Florida .. those Springs look glorious and what a great way to spend your childhood ... being at the beach or inland swimming in the fresh water ... wonderful photos ... cheers Hilary

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  4. that water is awesome... makes it very inviting.

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  5. Excellent "Q" post, Lisa!

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  6. This looks FABULOUS! You're giving us so many ideas for future visits to Florida to see our son. One of our frustrations with south Florida is the limited natural landscape, so this is perfect for us.

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  7. Wow, such beautiful colours - water like that is not what I think of when I think Florida. Consider me educated.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  8. Florida, how I've missed you!! I love the aqua blue water Florida seems to have in abundance:))

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  9. Beautiful pictures.

    It's so weird. When you say "North" in Florida you get swamps. When you say "North" where I'm from you get glaciers and arctic tundra.

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  10. Those are beautiful. No snakes in the springs?

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  11. Those pictures are amazing! Look at the color of the water in those springs. Wow! Just breathtaking.

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  12. Now I want to go snorkeling something awful. :)

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  13. Beautiful springs. Awesome photos.

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  14. It looks so inviting and lovely.

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  15. It's nice to see some of the beautiful side of swamp land!

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  16. The colors are what astound and the clarity. So lovely.

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  17. There are no crocs in these water are there? Of course that is the first thing that pops into my head. The waters of each are so different in their beauty. That last picture looks like something from a fairyland

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  18. Beautiful, as I said before, we visited Silver Springs, really very lovely and like looking through clear glass. Can't boast springs but we have lots of waterfalls - apart from that big one everyone knows.

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  19. This is gorgeous, Lisa. I have seen lovely water in Havasu Falls, off the Grand Canyon but these springs seem fantastic. Than you for sharing this unusual part of our gorgeous country.

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  20. You just made me thirsty. And tranquil. Thanks.

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  21. Wow, those springs are amazing. I've never been to Florida, but now I totally want to go spring hopping. My boyfriend's relatives lived in Florida, so he grew up swimming in springs. That last photo is amazing. Is that bioluminesence?

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  22. Good grief, I always thought a spring, was a spring, was a spring :)

    There's some amazing choices... no wonder they're all on your bucket list (as long as said bucket doesn't spring a leak!!)

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  23. they look so exotic...the juniper and maddison springs look just the place I'd want to be! quaint!

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  24. I lived in Florida, several times. The springs are fascinating but was always so darned GREEN. The first time I saw the southwest I knew where I belonged!

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  25. I never knew there were springs like this in Florida! Are they warm? Are there alligators?

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  26. These are beautiful - I never knew there were springs like this in Florida. Are there alligators? Are they warm?

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  27. These are beautiful - I never knew there were springs like this in Florida. Are there alligators? Are they warm?

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  28. So, so beautiful. If that's quintessential Florida, sign me up!

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