Magnetic Big Blue

I’ve known this place for as long as I can remember. It’s beauty is truly remarkable, and I honestly never fully appreciated it until last year. With nothing better to do one weekend in Fort White my brother and I decided to skip our usual diving haunt (Ichetucknee’s main spring head, aka The Jug) and instead made our way over to Big Blue. We were greeted by an empty spring, a quarter-mile over-water boardwalk, and golden-yellow leaves falling onto the deep aquamarine water with each passing breeze. It was pure magic – and it was all ours.

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Taking advantage of the 15′ jumping dock we launched ourselves into the cold waters below with cameras in hand. Having not seen this gem in so many years, it took quite a while for me to stop taking photos of every little detail and actually start making my way down the spring run. Had I known what was in store for my eyeballs I would have moved a lot faster.

Blue Spring’s main spring run gently winds its way down a quarter of a mile until it meets with the Suwanee River, and with each passing twist and turn the underwater landscape becomes increasingly vibrant. At about the halfway point leading to the river, Blue Springs run is met by yet another run which flows from the delightfully named Naked Spring.

Side note: if you post photos from here with the title ‘Naked Spring run’ your friends will think you’re up to something entirely different.

Naked Springs run may be small, but it is mighty. With gin-clear waters ranging from aquamarine to deep cobalt, and a myriad shades of greens, yellows, pinks, reds and oranges found in the aquatic plant life – this spring run proves to be a smaller, equally potent version of the main run. One word of advice: if you ever find your way up to Big Blue and Naked Spring, swim it don’t walk it! Walking along the spring runs will immediately stir up the sandy bottom which will greatly reduce water clarity, and if that happens you can kiss the miraculous fairy tale kaleidoscope experience goodbye… at least until the sand settles down.

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The best time of the year to visit these beauties is in the fall and spring (or winter if you dare hehe). You will have a greater chance of having the springs to yourself (and less of a chance of having to wait for some “tourists” to stop stomping out the water clarity). You’ll also see what seems to be brighter, more vibrant plant life. I might be wrong on this point but it always seem to be at its most colorful in the spring and fall seasons … or maybe that’s just these crazy eyes playing tricks on me 😉

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Have any of you ever visited Big Blue? If so let me know what your experience was like in the comments below! 😀

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