Standing on the platform looking at Blue Springs totally undisturbed was a deeply moving experience. I felt like the entire universe was contained in the water and the reflections on its surface.The earth was in the rocky bottom, the water was the deep blue emerging from the vent, the sky were the clouds and the trees represented all the vegetative life. Everything was being pulled towards the center, the point where the springs were offering its waters to sustain all life.
I suspected even this turtle enjoyed having this swimming hole all to itself.
The dock where I was standing is right by the springs vent. The view is looking back towards the run. It all looked so inviting and serene. The springs not only recharge our water supplies, they recharge our souls. As our society becomes ever more bifurcated, I feel a longing for unity that I find satisfied in spots like this.
Here's another view looking back towards the run, this time including the tops of the trees that were interesting as well–especially the bald cypress.
The green vegetation lit up in the morning light and was even more striking against the water, dark from the tannins created by all the lush organic matter.. It looked like a tapestry of life to me, woven with so many leaves dead and alive, creating a whole cycle of life that would all shrivel up and be crushed to dust without the water seeping through the landscape.
To the right of the stream near Johnson Springs was a beautiful cypress base and many knees. The way they were all clustered around and led back into the woods made me feel their aliveness and though no one knows exactly what their purpose is, I felt they were sustaining and protecting this cypress, or maybe just keeping it company–making it feel connected with the rest of life. The palmettos in the image below also made a beautiful pattern across the forest floor.