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BLOOMIN’ FLOWERS ON WOMACK CREEK, TATE’S HELL SF, March 12, 2019

Swamp jessamine were more prolific on the creek this year than in year’s past, As were crossvines.

At the entrance, golden clubs were still blooming.

Bristly buttercup still blooming throughout the lower creek where there is more sun.

The oaks were setting out their blooms: live oak and water oaks.

Southern dewberry and Pennsylvania black berries promise fruit later in the season.

Still blooming are Walter’s viburnum and parsley haw. Walters are usually are going to seed as the Virginia sweetspire start to bloom and the heat-sensitive parsley haw blooms fading with warm temperatures.

And definitely before Rusty haws bloom or fringe trees.



Poison ivy are blooming and pinxsters will be blooming for a few weeks more.

At Nick’s Road Campsite where we stopped for lunch, candy root, round leaf bluets and primrose violets were still blooming. Cinnamon fern were starting to sprout.

Spatterdock, just beginning to bloom.

A nice day to be on the creek.

CRITTERS ARE STIRRING ON WOMACK CREEK, TATE’S HELL SF — March 12, 2019

This mud turtle was making its way from one ditch to another on Jeff Sanders Road near the Womack Creek Campground.

The walls of the restrooms at the Womack Creek campground is a good place to find moths.

And mosquitos and oak twig pruners.

And on the creek, it was warm enough for a Suwanee cooter and river cooters.

And American alligators.

And a brown water snake.

Ringed paper wasps were starting their nests.

Spotted fishing spiders were out.

And a fisherwoman, silently going down stream with her trolling motor.

She was calling it a day as we were starting it, having caught her meal for the day.

CS 27 Nick’s Road Campsite, Tate’s Hell State Forest

You can reserve CS 27, Nick’s Road Campsite on Reserve America, Tate’s Hell State Forest, Womack Creek section. When you arrive at your campsite, locate the closest point for cell coverage. If you need to call 911, the address you should give is 41379 SE, State Forest Nick’s Road in Liberty County, GPS 30.01449, -984.57739. Reserve America will not include this important information in your confirmation notice.

To get to Womack Creek Campground, Nick’s Road Campsite is 3.75 miles by paddle. By driving it is longer — about 5 miles.

We paddle Womack creek up and back from the Womack Creek Campground landing at least once a month and Nick’s is where we take out for lunch. It’s a muddy take-out, or, if the water really is low we stay in our kayaks. There is a sharp drop, but only when the water is really low. Otherwise it’s getting out in muck. It’s a lovely campsite and a great place for a private lunch.

Several years ago we camped here with two mothers and four children. The water was very high in early March and the landing was grass rather than muck. Three tents housed the party and while the adults snoozed in the next morning, the four kids explored upper Womack creek in the kayaks, having a great time in the early morning. This is a great site for families because the creeks offer so much for children to discover and enjoy.

This campsite can accommodate many more than 3 tents: we had two large tents and one small 2 person backpacking tent. This is a big site.

The landing (below) is mucky, but sloped. At very low tide, there is a sharp drop.

This is the view of Womack Creek downriver from this site and below that upriver. Upriver is where the kids explored in the early morning.

There’s a hawk which nests in this area and at dusk and night one can hear a pair of barred owls. Up the creek we have seen otters. In the spring from March through May, the creek is abloom. To see what’s up on Womack Creek see https://womackcreek.wordpress.com A Paddler’s Guide To the Flowering Plants of Womack Creek.

If you camp (ed) here, please post your comments in the box provided at the end of this post.

Our December Pinxster Azalea

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Around a particular bend in Womack Creek, always, a pinxster azalea bush sets out its blooms — in December.

Other pinxsters on that creek start blooming in March through early May.  This one is either early or very late.

It never fully opens like the ones which bloom at the customary time.  Some years it shows heavy frost bites, but it struggles to bloom.  So far this is a good year.

Some like to make examples of what we see in nature.  This shrub can certain suggest metaphors.

We, however, always look forward to seeing it bloom, sometimes struggling, sometimes not.

If I could learn brevity — it probably deserve a haiku.

Womack Creek – over one month after Michael – November 18, 2018

It was one of the fabulous days:  going upstream with an incoming tide, returning downstream with an outgoing tide, no wind, the river was as still as one rarely sees.  The temperature was cool, but soon warmed up to 60, the sky cloudless, and there were always new things to see and experience on Womack Creek.

The Ochlockonee River is on the right, Womack Creek on the left as seen from put-in, the Womack Creek campground landing.

It was warm enough for the river cooters and the alligators.   The little juvenile who likes to hide in the alligator weed was there again.  The larger juvenile who is probably an adult by now has grown — will this creek be able to support it?  There’s always the Ochlockonee to Crooked River to the tributaries to move to.

At high water, we didn’t have to skirt around the trees which fell into the creek.  The forests in the creek were spared the tornadic destruction we saw in some areas along SR 65, less on SR 67.  But the cyclonic pattern of force was shown in the sweet bay tree below.

There were lots of birds in the area:  a flock of grackles which foraged loudly through the forest on forest floor and in the understory and, later, a flock of robins who chose to stay at understory height, also noisy.   A small flock of ducks have come early, always very skittish.  A pair of great egrets, a great blue heron, two hawks, a number of smaller birds, and the ever present kingfisher.  We were only able to photograph the grackle.

A sulphur butterfly and a skipper found slim sipping — only a few flowers were blooming:  clematis crispa, vining asper, Symmond’s aster and swamp sweetbells being the major blooms throughout the creek.  However, in one area, every year, a pinxster azalea bush puts out its blooms — the petals do not fully open, but it blooms.  And, it seems every month we visit the creek, we see at least one stem of green fly orchids in bloom.

The dahoon, yaupon holly berries are red; the American holly berries will be by Christmas.

It was a paddling day — no wind, the current with us, the right temperature and full sun.

How lucky can we in North Florida be?  To have such great places to paddle and be restored.