One of the premiere stops on any trip to the real Florida, the spring-fed Ichetucknee River flows gently into the Santa Fe River. Located a short drive from Gainesville, Ichetucknee is the perfect summer getaway. The headspring is well known for its relaxing tubing and is characterized by its crystal clear water, wildlife sightings, and undisturbed natural surroundings. Floating peacefully down the river has drawn many to the state park over and over, braving the cold water and hot sun to experience Florida at its best.

This design was the all-time toughest to get right and finish, but it’s almost universally a top favorite. People seem to really like the unique point-of-view and the play of light through the water, but I can’t help but remember the struggle to get it to this point.