Anyway, the devil was certainly in the weather on Saturday when we set out to dive at Ginnie. Planning on a night dive in the cavern, we left at 1:30 to enjoy a dive or 2 before dark and maybe float the river. But the onset of the rainy season and some storms changed our plans a bit that afternoon. As we turned right at the big Ginnie Springs sign, the skies opened up, but we didn't let it turn us around... a bit of rain only makes the diving more fun. Thankfully it also made the Saturday crowds a lot smaller than usual, although there were still some diehard campers and day-trippers running around in swim suits and balancing tubes in jacked-up pickup trucks blasting country music. While balancing a beer in the other hand, of course. But this just adds to the atmosphere and entertainment.
|This is a google earth view of our first three Devil spring system dives. Little Devil is at the orange arrow, Devil's Eye is at the purple arrow, and Devil's Ear is at the yellow arrow where the run meets the Santa Fe River.|
|This is the representation of the 3 devils as seen on the Ginnie Spring website... basically a close-up cartoon view of the google earth image above.|
|This is the first thing I saw when I got in the water. It's just to the right of the stairs that are only feet from Little Devil. Despite the length of the roots, it doesn't seem like the water could get any lower without some serious consequences.|
|The american eel (Auguilla rostrata) is one of the only forms of wildlife you will find in the cavern - this one was all the way at the bottom in about 65 feet of water. They have an amazing life cycle, originating in the Sargasso Sea (read more here: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/american_eel.htm).|
Not bad for a rainy Saturday afternoon... I was happy after 3 dives and 238 pictures. More pictures are here (in the same album "Gills" with photos from Madison Blue and Troy Springs).