Thursday, October 1, 2009

Silver Springs Park

Silver Springs Park is located just east of Ocala.

The lower center of this photo portrays the main spring at Silver Springs which is the headwaters of the Silver River. This spring pours over 550 million gallons of fresh water into the Silver River every 24 hours (enough to service all of New York City). This water, 99.8% pure, flows to the Oklawaha River, and then to the St. John's River and finally to the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, Florida.

Photo by Lois Anne.

40 comments:

James said...

Great photo and you know I love reflections.
The farmers in California could sure make good use of that water.

Leif Hagen said...

What super clean water! Couldn't you bottle it and sell it as "Jacob's spring water?!"

melanie said...

Une eau pure et abondante ... cela devient rare. A préserver !

Jolies maisons !

Olivier said...

magnifique, on pourrait se croire en vacances dans les îles

beautiful, you could imagine a vacation in the islands

Kcalpesh said...

550 million gallons in 24 hours is mind-blowing! Mighty reservoir! The blue from the skies reflecting down in the water looks stunning! Supershot!

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Vogon Poet said...

Perfect perspective and amazing blue. A great shot, Lois Anne.

Small City Scenes said...

Very pretty picture and that is a LOT of gallons of water. Good info too. MB

Bibi said...

This is just beautiful. Any gators?

magiceye said...

a stunner!!

Wolynski said...

Gorgeous - at first glance I thought it was a lovely Japanese garden, but it's not. Really striking.

brattcat said...

Wow! That water is exquisite! It looks like an impressionist painting.

Jim K said...

It looks nice and clear, are the boats glass bottom?

Memphis MOJO said...

Very nice shot, Lois Ann. I love the reflection in the water.

Halcyon said...

It's very beautiful! I'm glad the weekend is here - although there's no time to rest.
Do people swim in these waters? Or is it a drinking source?

Lois said...

And I'm sure that water is cold too! I like the glass bottom boats. I visited the Museum of Florida History last weekend and took some pictures of one of the original Silver Springs glass bottom boats built back in the 1800's. I'm putting it on my blog probably next week just for you!

Daryl said...

I am a sucker for reflective shots .. nicely done

Jarart said...

Wow! That seems like a lot of fresh water flowing, at least to an Arizonan it does.

jusdealem said...

Love the blue water and great reflections. 550 million gallons of fresh water? Wow, that's a lot of water!

JM said...

The building looks lovely and the reflections on the still water are fabulous!

cieldequimper said...

Gorgeous. And pure, which makes it even better.

Allison said...

Oh Jacob? Jacob? Where for art thou? We haven't heard hide nor hair from you! You made no sassy comments on Leif's blog yesterday! You, Lois and Steffe were delinquent in commenting. Was there a blogger convention that we were not invited to? The nerve!

Tricia said...

Clear spring water.... very very cold water, too! hehehe
Beautiful place

amatamari© said...

All this water...is awesome!

The color of the reflection is beautiful and also the landscape!
Beautiful shot!

Dan J. said...

Outstanding. Love the colors and contrast. Looks pretty nice too as temps did not break out of the 40's here today. I am so not ready for winter.

Marie said...

Magnifique photo!!!!!!!!!!! I've been there. I have a photo gallery about Silver Springs. Oh I'd love to be there right now!
I wanted to paste the link to my gallery but I can't. I wonder why.

http://www.marieweblog.com/original/www/index.php

I think it won't work as I am the only person who can access my weblog for the moment....

tapirgal said...

That's gorgeous! Is it deep enough here for snorkeling? Are there any fish?

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Awesome clarity! Great shot! 99.8% pure? To me it looks a 100% clear. Didn't know there is a 'Rio de la Plata' in Florida, too. (;

BeachILike said...

You make me want to jump in there and test the cool.


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Jacob said...

@ Tapirgal - There are a great many fish of various varieties, from brim/bluegill to large-mouth bass or gar.

No fishing is allowed, though. There was swimming in years past but not now. I'd guess 35-40 movies were made here, including The Creature of the Black Lagoon, at least six Tarzan movies, James Bond movies, etc., at the I Spy TV show did episodes here as well as many other TV shows.

This particular area was once were the high diving championships were held.

Jacob said...

@ Marie - the link worked! You've got some wonderful shots...I'd guess you were here some time ago, though. It's changed somewhat, but the major attractions are still around! I hope others will click on your link!

Jacob said...

@ Tricia - No, not cold. It stays at exactly 72 degrees year round...too cold for me to swim, but people swim at Rainbow Springs in 72 degree water!

Jacob said...

@ Allison - I thought I commented on Safe Leif's blog yesterday...maybe I wasn't as smart-assy as usual...

I'll try to do better (or worse) - I promise.

Hilda said...

That is a beautiful and powerful spring! It's also awesome how it pure it is!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shot Jacob !! This park is simply amazing !! We can rarely see these kind of parks in India !! Real Beauty !! Great Work..Unseen Rajasthan

Frank said...

Magnificent. Gorgeous place and photo.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! What a lovely shot!!! Great colors and reflections!

bfarr said...

Is this where the mermaids swim? If so, I can see why, beautiful.

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

juste superbe !

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Marie-Noyale said...

nothing is as beautiful as the really Pure water..
Lovely shot

Sue said...

I work at Silver Springs and when Jacob gave me his card to check out their pictures, I said ok. Well, I'm glad I did. I love the pictures.I have alot of pictures but nothing comes close to yours. thank you so much they are great.

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