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Early Summer – McCullough Creek

I’ve had my eye on McCullough Creek for a long time. In February of 2012 I drove down SR-13 and stopped at every bridge crossing a creek to photograph. I knew something special was contained within each waterway and felt so limited in my ability to go deeper and explore. Today I’m solo and transported my boat on top of my car. A little more effort than using the trailer but it all worked out. The McCullough put in is not very big, just a way to drive in and some room to park on the side. Someone arrived as I was unloading who had his fishing boat and a cooler of beer ready to go. We had a nice chat.

McCullough Creek in the Spring

McCullough Creek from SR-13 in the Spring of 2012

The creek is narrow and the sun rose quickly. I passed one dock and then a mass of Moonflowers. These are a type of Morning Glory and I think they are invasive but I couldn’t confirm that. This one was in the shade and hadn’t closed up. There is the occasional flower on the creeks that adds the spot of color to an otherwise totally green landscape.

Moonflower - McCullough Creek

Moonflower – McCullough Creek

Overhanging Trees - McCullough Creek

Overhanging Trees – McCullough Creek

After about 45 minutes some very thick deadwood blocked the path. Wow, that was quick. I brought my hand saw, but it looked like too much to try to hack through. By now the sun was getting over the trees and the light began to change. I decided to head back slowly, and then to go under the bridge to the St. Johns River. After passing under the overpass I spotted my fishing buddy and he was having a good day. The river was very close and I ventured out, soon turning back due to the waves and current. It was a beautiful morning but not the type of light for my photography.

Back to the car I loaded up and proceeded to Deep Creek to check out the launch point. That adventure would be tomorrow.