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Do you enjoy the water ...

But aren't sure how to best get your feet wet?

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Belgium’s Seal of Florida?

I didn’t expect to find …

seal of Florida in Belgium.

As seen at the Henri Chapelle American Cemetery

But there it was plain as day, and engraved on a smooth limestone column, as were all the other 49 territories and states. The reason: I had biked upon the cemetery where 7,992 American soldiers are buried, all killed in the line of duty during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Some views from the memorial

The cemetery is located on top of one of the areas highest hills, with a breathtaking view, and was probably of great tactical importance from a military standpoint. I stayed long enough to pay my respects, take a few photos and then stare out into the expanse. I thought about all those soldiers, what they gave up, and what their lives could have played out had they not given the greatest sacrifice. Most of all, I was overwhelmed by the peacefulness and beauty of the spot. It was almost heavenly, there at the time and now thinking back.

Happy Memorial Day!

Major Water Speech

When is it a good time …

To talk about water?

Burt’s water speech

Answer: Probably at any point during a campaign, or after it for that matter, too. To quote a close friend, water will always be on humanity’s Top 3 priority list. Family, peace, water. Maybe not in that order. In this epic speech, in true Burt fashion the candidate lays bare his passion for the substance at the same time he isn’t going to reveal his hand as to what may or may not be in his cup when he’s playing high stakes poker in the smokey boiler room at night. Why? If Burt understands anything in life, it’s how to play a hand, be it weak or strong. In his view, him revealing whether he’s drinking water or something else is akin to the most dreaded of card table (and/or negotiation) faux paus — a tell.

So you’ll just have to trust Burt when in comes to the water, or whatever’s he drinking.

Steephead Valleys
And why they are "spring like"

Steephead valleys aren’t as famous …

Or as charismatic as a Florida spring.

Steephead valleys have a distinctive rounded shape

But they are similar in they are both groundwater fed. Unlike springs that appear in full force out of nowhere, emerging from a cavernous hold in the ground in the form of a “boil,” steephead streams are smaller in scale and at their upstream end pinch back to a vanishing point. And unlike a gully-eroded dendritic (i.e. branching) stream channel that depends on rainwater for its source, and accordingly erodes from top-to-bottom — a steephead valley contains a single stream that depends on groundwater seepage as its source. Grain by grain, that causes erosion to occur from the bottom-up, giving the ravines their trademark rounded and slumping shape. Another key difference: The gradient between its headwater and mouth are low.

What makes steepheads special? The steady flow and constant (cooler) temperature makes both the ravines and the streams home to endemic and rare northern plants. An endangered fish called the Okaloosa darter is only found in steephead streams. As for their location, they are found in isolated patches in the panhandle where the regional groundwater table and alluvial floodplain intercept.

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Spring drought paradox

There’s no lusher drought …

Than springtime in the Big Cypress Swamp.

Firelight Radio is available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

This podcast dives deep into the paradox and oxymoron of south Florida’s spring drought, why you should never walk into a gator hole, and when we can expect it to end with the start up of the summer rains.