Flora

Eliza Waters

dsc00054Since it’s snowing here and they’re forecasting frigid temperatures to follow, I thought I’d head back to Florida (virtually, that is).

Above is the mouth of Lower Suwannee River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The 30-foot-tall Shell Mound located here was built of millions of 2-inch oyster shells between 1,000-3,200 years ago by indigenous peoples, though there is human evidence as far back as 7,000 years. It is believed that the mounds were sacred, as burial mounds were discovered at ends that face winter and summer solstices. The thought of countless generations of workers building this, using only baskets, is staggering.

When I arrived, the sun shining through the Spanish moss was enchanting. I only wish my photos conveyed the backlit beauty.

This tree trunk was colonized by ferns, which struck me as equally beautiful.

dsc00051Plants lay one upon another, trees, vines and moss; every ray of…

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