Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Clay Gully Enchantment

February 20, 2018

If you follow Clay Gully (a tributary of the Myakka River) to one of its tributaries, you come to this place. The close understory that you’ve brushed against all along the path suddenly disappears, and the stream becomes narrower and narrower until spreads out in great pools under towering live oaks. It was too early to see the blue flag irises (Iris virginica) flowering, but their foliage was reaching out from the water earlier this month.

16 responses

  1. That’s a true beauty coming up in front of you❣️


    February 20, 2018 at 5:47 AM

    • Thank you, Dina. This little spot—less than an acre—may be my favorite place in Florida.

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      February 20, 2018 at 9:41 AM

  2. WOW! That’s gorgeous!


    February 20, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    • Thanks, Ken. Imagine walking down a closed-in path and suddenly coming upon this.


      February 20, 2018 at 9:42 AM

  3. Adam Packard

    Nice pic Mom.


    February 20, 2018 at 10:25 AM

  4. Beautiful presentation, words and image! And even kudos from your son – I should tell mine. 🙂 That’s a gorgeous place, and it must feel magical with the approach you describe. I hope you catch the iris…


    February 21, 2018 at 8:50 PM

    • Thank you, Lynn. I tried a little harder with the narrative this time; this place deserves it. It does feel magical. I’m already looking forward to seeing it again next year. I’m afraid I will miss the irises. I leave Tuesday and am in the familiar state of wondering how I will be ready to go by then. So much packing, so many loose ends!

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      February 22, 2018 at 9:49 AM

      • Wow, leaving so soon…then you get the full Spring experience in Ohio, which must be underway, though I know it’s been cold. I think it’s time for extra coffee to get those brain cells focused down on the packing. 😉


        February 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM

        • I don’t expect to see much visual spring by March 5, but surely it’s working on a lower level. I’m actually hoping for some fresh snow to photograph. Yes, a boost for packing sounds like a good idea.


          February 22, 2018 at 1:32 PM

  5. George Rogers

    like the sunflecks on the pools


    February 23, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    • You must go here if you ever make it over to the left coast.


      February 23, 2018 at 7:38 PM

  6. Patricia

    What a wonderful, wild Florida spot. Does sound magical. Safe trip home. Looking forward to the Spring you see on the way.


    February 24, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    • Thank you, Patricia. It should be fun to help usher in the spring in Oberlin, and to see its earlier effects on the way.


      February 24, 2018 at 2:17 PM

  7. Wow… beautifully composed. Draws me in and makes me want to be right there.


    March 1, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    • Thank you, Joe. It’s a peaceful place—that I was excited to find. I’m glad you like it.

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      March 1, 2018 at 7:56 AM

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