Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Springs at Silver Springs

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago.  Surprisingly, there were a lot of visitors present, most of whom were from out of state.  As you can see this is the main area of interest with some restaurants and souvenir shops.  It is also where the glass bottom boats dock to take on and unload passengers.

If you were in a boat and went to the right side of the dock area, you would find the famous spring 50 feet below.  You would also see some artifacts left in the water from various movies and TV shows that were filmed here.  "I Spy," was one of them, a James Bond movie, and many, if not most, of the Tarzan movies were filmed in Silver Springs.

But it's the springs that make Silver Springs what it is.  The cave at 50 feet below gushes forth with about 1/2 million gallons of water every 24 hours.  That's enough water to quench the thirst of New York City for a day.  The water is 99.9% pure and is at 72 degrees Fahrenheit year 'round.

The water becomes the Silver River which feeds into the Ocklawaha River, and then into the St. John's River and finally into the Atlantic Ocean.


RedPat said...

I'd like to be sitting in one those places with a cold beer and some kind of seafood munchies in front of me! Priceless!

Shammickite said...

That looks lovely, I'd love to visit. And it looks so Florida!

William Kendall said...

For a lot of people being around, the place looked quiet when you took these.

Gosia k said...

great photos comparing to our bare trees in Europe

bill burke said...

That looks like a wonderful place to sit, eat, chat, people watch and take photos. That would be a fine day! Like the reflections, very pretty. Well done, Lowell.

Marleen said...

That's a very attractive place to spend some time! I like how you photographed it with the reflections.
Re your question about the tulips: no they don't grow outside here during wintertime, most probably they come from greenhouses.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um lugar maravilhoso.
Um abra├žo e bom Domingo.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

Sharon Anck said...

Wonderful photos of this place that always brings back childhood memories.

Karl Demetz said...

Two adorable photos of this nice place, Lowell !

"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