Saturday, December 31, 2016
Santa At Silver Springs State Park
As you may recall, the old Silver Springs tourist attraction has been taken over by the State of Florida and combined with the adjacent Silver River State Park to become the Silver Springs State Park. Much of the old park is gone, but the glass bottom boats remain, and last week, the place was humming with visitors.
The state has done a remarkable job in cleaning up the park, building a new walkway over the small island and constructing an amphitheater in the woods, which I'm guessing will be used to put on wildlife shows or something similar.
I was standing in a clearing near the amphitheater when I spotted Santa aboard one of the glass bottom boats traversing the Silver River. The boat came near and Santa saw me and waved. I wanted to ask why I got a lump of coal for Christmas but the boat moved on too quickly!
The little kiddos on the boat got to see, not only the various fish swimming down deep, but also Santa himself, close up and personal. How awesome is that?
Happy New Year to all my blogging friends!
[I'm still on a break but will be back before long.]
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson