|Low tide at the estuary|
|Tupelo trees on the river at low tide|
|No fishing today!|
Typically, there are two high tides and two low tides, every day. And more than likely, they're not going to be the same. In other words, the afternoon high tide may be higher than the morning high tide. Or the low tide in the morning will be lower than the one in the afternoon.
In the summer, there's never a time you can't walk out on the dock and look down into the water. In the winter, that's not the case. Some mornings, when you look out to the bay, it looks like somebody pulled the plug!
|Low tide and boats can be a little tricky|
Obviously, the tides are something the fishermen have to keep a close eye on. This is true all year around, but more so in the winter. Apalachicola Bay can be very difficult to navigate. Along with the ever changing sand bars, and oyster bars, there are pieces of unmarked sunken debris, all sitting just below the surface, out of sight. These things can make it really tricky getting from one place to another, even with a high tide. And as I've found, from experience, the tides can change very quickly.
But, another reason to keep a close eye on the tides, is because the lower the tides, the more treasures you'll find on the beaches. Unfortunately, some of the best shelling is on beaches that you can only get to by boat, and when the tide is that low, you can't get there.
|Cypress roots are exposed on the river.|
I don't think I'll ever grow tired of seeing what the sea has to offer. Things that have traveled hundreds of miles and survived hundreds of years under the water. These are things you'll discover during the winter tides.
* Hopefully, all the computer issues are resolved and I'm back in the blogging business. I hope you've hung in there and will be back to visit St. George Island again. " Island Life". The Mardi Gras parade post is coming soon. Welcome Back!