The brilliant turquoise water was the first thing that struck me about Silver Glen Spring. Like Juniper and Alexander Springs, Silver Glen is nestled in the Ocala National Forest. It is northwest of the other two and feeds directly into Lake George. We arrived early, cameras, masks, and fins in hand. No SCUBA diving is allowed in the spring... even cave diving for advanced divers is prohibited. In the main spring basin, there are two small vents with decent flow and off to the side, there is another cave entrance but its smaller basin is roped off and has a sign that tells you to keep out. Apparently the cave system was last mapped by a team of experienced cave divers in 1992 but has not been entered since then.
|Another amazing photo by David. The striped bass school has completely engulfed me as I try to float motionless and calm to take some close-up pictures at the surface.|
|Close-up encounter with a catfish. He was so unfazed by me that he didn't move while I shot from practically every angle. I haven't seen one this close and out in the open before... usually they like to hide in the caverns or dark spots under stairs.|
|Another 1/2 and 1/2 picture showing the closed off part of the spring. Bummer.|