Draped

On our travels to Florida, The Man was really excited to show me one of his favorite places, Blue Springs State Park. It has a natural hot spring, which manatees travel up from the St. John’s River to bask in the warm water. Also in the park are huge live oaks, surrounding this old (and supposedly haunted) plantation house. I have such a strong affinity for these giants, think of all the sights they have seen!

Here is more on Blue Springs:
http://www.floridasprings.org/visit/map/bluespring/

Thursby House
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_P._Thursby_House

Hauntings
http://www.paranormalghostsociety.org/Blue%20Springs%20And%20The%20Thursby%20House.htm

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Golden (Glow)be

This Autumn has been amazing for colors! I don’t remember it being so pretty before, and I am not sure of the reason. Is it the wet summer we had, or the late indian summer weather? The pictures I have taken don’t seem to do the colors justice.

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One last dandelion stands alone in the pasture.  

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Even my Dixie Chicks are enjoying the warm autumn days. 

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The pasture is mainly lined with big pine trees, but a few flaming colors stand out. At dusk, everything seems to bask in a golden glow. I wish this season would never end! The long, dark days of winter are ahead and I am so not looking forward to them.

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The Mighty Pecan

The Mighty Pecan

Found this old giant on a day hike today. The trail is located at a county park, which is built on an old farmstead dating back to the 1700’s. I’m not sure why, but this old tree spoke to me. How old is it? How long had it been here, and was it a part of the original farm? There were two other pecan trees, sort of in a row, so I am guessing at one time it might have been a pecan orchard. There were also numerous grapevines, some even on old fence. How neat to have lived back then, surviving on what your farm provided. This tree seemed to have a soul all its own. It had limbs that touched the sky and leaves that seemed to shine and dance in the sunlight. I’m not sure how I became obsessed with big, ancient trees…..but it is a good obsession to have.

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Gentle Giants

Gentle Giants

Is there anything more Southern than a plantation and live oak? I cannot describe to you how enormous the live oaks are in Louisiana. To think of all the sights, people, and experiences these grandiose, gentle beings have been through is amazing. They have a soul, a life. These trees seem connected to the surrounding environment. It’s almost as if they are a family member of the plantation they belong to. Sometimes, the lower branches have touched the ground for so long, that earth has covered them up, only to have the limb reappear. The trunks are as wide as a car, and that’s impressive. A passerby feels tiny, and looking up through the massive limbs you can barely see the sunlight. Yet they are comforting, their souls telling their story.