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Posted By: Nickens, Dan
Date Posted: Jun 16, 2017
Description: How about a short flight just to exercise Whiskey Tango? Ho hum. It's just local, around my neighborhood, so common, so ordinary.

Well, the airplane needs flying. I'll add it to the day's tasks. Here we go. Even the birds on the island out back don't seem so inclined to be out flying today. It's so ordinary, right?

Perhaps it would be well to remember there may be success in common hours.....
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Date Taken: June 11, 2017
Place Taken: Little Lake Harris, FL
Owner: Nickens, Dan
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Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Heh! What's that red thing down there? That's not so common!      Attachments:  

Whatdaheck4451
Whatdaheck4451


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    A giant mutant spider invading Tavares? Who knew? Never seen that before. Maybe I better look around a little more. Who knows what else is out here!

“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
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Bugging Out 4725
Bugging Out 4725


    
Ken Leonard - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Somebody put serious work into that bug! And left it where only you could find it...
Is Col Grumpy talking to you from beyond? Sounds like one of his pranks.
    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Figures, it's definitely creepy.     
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Smoke! And fire! The brilliant orange flame is attractive as light to a moth. But it's only a cleanup at the fence pole company. So ordinary. But not the flames. The flames are extraordinarily brilliant.      Attachments:  

Fire Down Low 4551
Fire Down Low 4551


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Well check that out. A black cow taking a dip in a local lake on a hot summer day. That's just so common and ordinary.

"You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Summer Swimming 4474
Summer Swimming 4474


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Now that ain't no ordinary cow dipping.

"Hey Boo Boo! That bear's a-chilling. He's smarter than the av-er-age bear!"

And a LOT bigger than an ordinary bear. "Sometimes it is better to be in the air wishing you were on the ground than on the ground being chased by a bear." Oh what sights Thoreau could have seen if he had been flying rather than sitting!
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Bear Dipping 4475
Bear Dipping 4475


    
Bill West - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Great pictures Dan. Its incredible that you spot a bear out for a swim. Growing up fishing and hunting in central Florida, I have
never seen a bear in the wild. Gotta stop focusing on bikinis on boats or the nude beach and start looking closer at the lakeshores.
    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    On trips through the Ocala National Forest I have rarely seen a small bear, Bill, but this one was huge! And now I need to broaden my focus to see what you're seeing!     
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Do the subdivision residents know they are living in big bear territory? Do they know what's just outside their backdoor?      Attachments:  

Bear Country 4645
Bear Country 4645


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    A bear isn't the only wildlife out on the prowl. There is a water bird most wet and fowl!

“All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I might want to be a Wigeon pilot....but I wouldn't give up my SeaRey to be that something.
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Widgeon on Water 4516
Widgeon on Water 4516


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Just coming home to roost? I wonder what uncommon wonders the pilot saw on her flight.      Attachments:  

Roosting Widgeon 4545
Roosting Widgeon 4545


    
Charles Cantrill - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Dan, That Widgeon is based out of Grass Roots. The owner (also has a Searey) is currently stripping the paint off of it and getting it ready for paint, new panel and interior. She spent a lot of time in Alaska and was just recently made the flight to Florida. Great plane and when the owner is done with her she will be ready for another 50 years of flying.     
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    That's very uncommon, Charles, and very cool.     
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    "Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. Sky water. It needs no fence. Nations come and go without defiling it. It is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off, whose gilding Nature continually repairs; no storms, no dust, can dim its surface ever fresh; -- a mirror in which all impurity presented to it sinks, swept and dusted by the sun's hazy brush -- this the light dust-cloth -- which retains no breath that is breathed on it, but sends its own to float as clouds high above its surface, and be reflected in its bosom still."
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Land O Lakes 4600
Land O Lakes 4600


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    With all the rain recently you would think the lakes would be filling up. Probably a good thing I got out before they all dried up.

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” (ed.....because it is ever changing)
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Drying Out 4561
Drying Out 4561


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Too late for a water landing on this one.

"This is a remarkable depth for so small an area; yet not an inch of it can be spared by the imagination. What if all ponds were shallow? Would it not react on the minds of men? I am thankful that this pond was made deep and pure for a symbol. While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless."
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

No chance of believing this former pond was bottomless now that its shallow limits are planely exposed.
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All Dry 4594
All Dry 4594


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Well at least the mud boggers are getting to use the shallow, finite lakes.      Attachments:  

Mud Lakes 4583
Mud Lakes 4583


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    On the other hand, looking more closely at those ponds, I think I'm happy to leave 'em to the mudders.      Attachments:  

Funky Ponds 4584
Funky Ponds 4584


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Finally a classic Pond to ponder....

"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows."
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Finely Ponded 4575
Finely Ponded 4575


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    This pond looks more like an eye. It seems like it may have a more flattering, deeper measure of the viewer's nature. I'm not sure, however, if Mr. Thoreau considered the nature of Florida ponds in his analyses.

In a karst topography the ponds are likely expressions of underlying cavern collapse. A sinkhole could be connected to a deep cavern extending hundreds of feet below the surface. So, as a viewer who wishes to say the depth of my nature extends greater than a few feet, that's what I measure.
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Basic Pond 4602
Basic Pond 4602


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Green Eye Lining is popular out in the near wilderness.      Attachments:  

Green Lining 4655
Green Lining 4655


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Instead of slender eyelashes this pond has an asphalt tattoo encircling it. All the better for maximizing waterfront properties for those wishing to imitate Thoreau in a more comfortable fashion.      Attachments:  

Road Wrapped Pond 4646
Road Wrapped Pond 4646


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Incremental draining of the bathtub lake has left unsightly rings.      Attachments:  

Bathtub Rings 4633
Bathtub Rings 4633


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Is it desirable to extend one's lawn at the expense of a shrinking lake?      Attachments:  

New Lawns 4599
New Lawns 4599


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    "What I have observed of the pond is no less true in ethics. It is the law of average. Such a rule of the two diameters not only guides us toward the sun in the system and the heart in man, but draws lines through the length and breadth of the aggregate of a man's particular daily behaviors and waves of life into his coves and inlets, and where they intersect will be the height or depth of his character. Perhaps we need only to know how his shores trend and his adjacent country or circumstances, to infer his depth and concealed bottom. If he is surrounded by mountainous circumstances, an Achillean shore, whose peaks overshadow and are reflected in his bosom, they suggest a corresponding depth in him. But a low and smooth shore proves him shallow on that side."
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

So, what's wrong with shallow, Henry? It makes beaching a SeaRey so much more pleasant. That's my favorite depth. Bears like it too.
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Low Smooth Shore4651
Low Smooth Shore4651


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    After a long engagement it is with much regret that we must admit the separation of these two bodies of water.      Attachments:  

Breaking Up 4617
Breaking Up 4617


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Separating 4610
Separating 4610


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    "In the silicious matter which the water deposits is perhaps the bony system, and in the still finer soil and organic matter the fleshy fibre or cellular tissue. What is man but a mass of thawing clay? The ball of the human finger is but a drop congealed. The fingers and toes flow to their extent from the thawing mass of the body. Who knows what the human body would expand and flow out to under a more genial heaven?"
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

When this bony system congeals there will be a giant under the genial heavens!
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Sand Patterns 4625
Sand Patterns 4625


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Sand Patterns Too 4624
Sand Patterns Too 4624


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Not all ponds are smoothly curved. When men play in the dirt the holes are more angular in nature.      Attachments:  

Tending Rectangular 4666
Tending Rectangular 4666


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Colored sand cliffs in Florida? It happens, rarely, with unnatural disturbances.      Attachments:  

Sandlines 4661
Sandlines 4661


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    A thin line of sand separating two segregated bodies of water provides for an abrupt sighting.      Attachments:  

Line of Sand 4656
Line of Sand 4656


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Just as the ponds around here are semicircular depressions, this island rises up as a semicircular protuberance.      Attachments:  

Island in the Pond 4728
Island in the Pond 4728


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Skimming low over a long ribbon of mirrored clouds is a luxury afforded by a long gently winding stream of water.

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Low Cruising 4686
Low Cruising 4686


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Quietly resting on flat waters affords time for reflecting on what can be found just outside our doors. Accidental adventures found on a common, local flight are a gentle reminder of the privileges SeaRey pilots have at their whim and call.

“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods
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Water Above and Below 4704
Water Above and Below 4704


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    My quick exercise of local, mundane flight frivolously extended into Storm Time. That's time to be headed home.

“Men come tamely home at night only from the next field or street, where their household echoes haunt, and their life pines because it breathes its own breath over again; their shadows, morning and evening, reach farther than their daily steps. We should come home from far, from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day, with new experience and character”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Darkening Homeward 4726
Darkening Homeward 4726


    
Nickens, Dan - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    But look! It's another morning...in the same old place. How grand!

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Another One
Another One


    
Wayne Nagy - Jun 16, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Thank you, once again Dan, for making the ordinary extraordinary!     


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