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Rainbow River Pictures: Underwater Photography

Rainbow River Pictures

Underwater Photography Tampa

Ah, summer. Where did you go?  Why is it summer always flys by? We will never know, but for now, we can reminisce about you, dear summer. Here is a snapshot of our adventures at Rainbow River State Park. These Rainbow River pictures are priceless to me. They wouldn’t be the same without being underwater, capturing the true beauty of the tubing experience.

I am so glad I tried the Dicapac underwater bag this summer. I love my old smaller underwater camera and housing, and can’t replace the adventures I took it on. However, the Dicapac bag; which is basically is a heavy duty ziplock bag over my bigger DSLR, has captured some true magic from some of our adventures this summer. When I finally make it through all of our trip pictures, I will share more for sure! Even simple things like water balloon fights in our back yard are more fun with the Dicapac bag!

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Rainbow spring are so clear, so cold and so refreshing.  We had this adventure with our swim friends, and had the most fun. Their kiddos were braver than mine when we started. But by the end, we were all enjoying the fun of the springs.

Here is my advice if you are looking for your own adventure at Rainbow River.  We launched from the Rainbow Springs tubing launch at this address: 10830 S.W. 180th Ave Rd, DunnellonFL 34432. There are many sites that will tell you conflicting information, so best to call the State Park if you need information before you go! The entrance fee for our car was $5, but we kept our receipt because we later drove to the headsprings entrance later and didn’t have to pay again. You should plan on an early arrival because once the lot is full, the park is full.

Find more details here – https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Rainbow-Springs.  We brought our own tubes, which we later realized was silly…and you are better off just getting them from the launch site because the price is the same and our tubes didn’t stay inflated as well as the park’s tubes! Our other advice is to bring a cord to tie your tubes together so you stay together. I didn’t freak about the boys going to far off, or running into the grassy parts on the edge of the river because we had three adults keeping us all together.

However, we also spent most of our time jumping off the tubes or like me, floating sans tube down the river. I just loved being in the water, and I put on quite a show for a few rafters trying to get back on my tube…but I digress! Next time we will alo take goggles as well!

Our last bit of advice, is to pack a cooler. You can leave it in your car, and enjoy it after the tube trip at the headsprings park. The park has covered picnic tables a plenty. You can then enjoy the “swimming area” at the spring.  You cannot take tubes there, but a noodle or life jackets for weaker swimmers is a great idea. It is VERY DEEP! Even just off the dock and the stairs in, you can’t touch. At all. It is exhausting! So worth the exhaustion though! Enjoy the pictures and if you want to take me on your own underwater adventure, you know I would love it. Email me for details!

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rainbow river springs, rainbow river pictures, underwater photography, underwater photographer tampaI love these out of focus rafters down the river.  It was so peaceful and beautiful!rainbow river springs, rainbow river pictures, underwater photography, underwater photographer tampa

Tiny bubbles! Love the pockets of light along the tubing route and all those light bokeh spots from the sunshine and bubbles!

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rainbow river springs, rainbow river pictures, underwater photography, underwater photographer tampaMy personal favorite below <3 especially when they were so timid as we started!
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We even saw a “real life mermaid!”

rainbow river springs, rainbow river pictures, underwater photography, underwater photographer tampaThe headsprings area was so full of people, but so much fun and so many fish!!!

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