This short video highlights the convergence of multiple layers of an ecosystem
surrounding the spring-fed Ichetucknee River in North Florida. The Ichetucknee
River is one of the crown jewels of North Florida's world-renowned freshwater spring
system and is visited by 200,000 people each year. The springs are in danger of
extinction due to over-pumping of the freshwater aquifers locally and from run-off
and nitrogen-source pollution. This video highlights the not only the beauty of the
crystal blue clear water of the springs that everyone is in love with but also the flood-
plains, cypress canopies and a surprise glimpse at one of the springs' most
treasured inhabitants, the Florida Manatee.
This video serves as a meditation on why these areas need to be protected simply
for their pristine beauty and as gifts from nature to respect and enjoy. Incorporating
footage from a DJI Phantom 1 and GoPro Hero 3+ Black, this video is intended to
serve as the 'minds eye' detached from the limitations of the human body to look
above and below the workings of an ecosystem not usually visible to the casual
Lee Rosevere - "Illuminations"
Footage taken on July 6, 2013, water at this portion of Ichetucknee is starting to rise from recent heavy rain events. Approximately 18 inch rise (downriver from US Highway 27) from Friday to Sunday. Apparently, once water level rises at confluence of Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers, manatee are able to get over 'shoals' or shallow areas of confluence and they head upriver to the Ichetucknee. Enjoy this dream!