The great river gets bluer

In Florida the Caloosahatchee River runs from the Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico.  It crosses through several counties, including Lee County, dividing it roughly in half on a diagonal.  There are several river crossings in Lee County, including the Alva bridge, Rt 31 bridge, the railroad crossing, I-75, the Edison Bridge (now a pair of spans), the Caloosahatchee Bridge, the Midpoint Bridge, the Cape Coral Parkway/College Parkway bridge, the Causeway to Sanibel, and, the causeway to Fort Myers Beach.

Since I drive around so much, I have the opportunity to see the Caloosahatchee River at different times of the day, every day.

When the temperature gets cooler, the water looks bluer.  I want to know if it just looks bluer to me, or if the water changes by getting cooler, and thus changes color. Does cooler water look darker, or is it actually darker?

Fire Season — Fires and Fog in February

Fire Season is obviously about Fires, but it has been such a wet Fire Season(*)  that there haven’t been too many Fires to talk about.  For Property Owners, that’s a good thing.  But for various participants in the Agricultural World, the lack of fire can be a problem.  Some trees and plants need Fire to open seed pods.  Farmers use Fire to clear land to grow things, and I am pretty sure they use Fire to “fix” nitrogen in the soil. (**) 

I went out to Belle Glade, Florida in mid-February and there were lots of fires that day.  Belle Glade’s slogan is, “Her Soil is her Future,” and I wish I had taken a picture of the rich, black earth when I was out there.  The Farmers there, set fire to the Sugar Cane crop at some stage in its growth and harvesting.  This was about a week before the annual Sugar Cane Festival. 

These photos are looking Northwest and the slip of blue, are the waters of Lake Okeechobee.  (No, not the guardrail.  Just over the guardrail.)

 (*) It is raining as I write this!

(**) You could look up ‘fixing nitrogen’…

(***) I want to thank the kind folk(s) who took care of my posting sequencing issue!!!