North Florida - Danny Goodding

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The headwaters of Gold Head Branch, a stream at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park in north-central Florida, is situated in a deep ravine with a relief of about 70 feet from top to bottom. Such a deep ravine is uncommon in this area. The stream water emerges from multiple spring seeps, yielding perfectly clear water with a bluish tint in deeper spots. The lush bottom of the ravine acts as a kind of oasis compared to the surrounding dry, upland ecosystems. The vibrant greens of the various plants, including a wide variety of fern species provide a captivating aesthetic with the stark contrast between the lush undergrowth and the white sand-bottomed, spring-fed stream.

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