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Morning Meditation: Pink Rose of Winter

Today, a freshly bloomed pink camellia brightens up an otherwise grey and cold January morning.

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Morning Meditation: A Trio of Florida Pine Cones

While our visit to Dade Battlefield State Park in Bushnell, Florida, I found a trio of strategically-fallen pine cones. I think they are pretty, even without a bank of fluffy white snow:

Articles in the Dade Battlefield State Park Series by Susan Marie Molloy
Dade Battlefield State Park: Morning Meditation: Fan Palm
Dade Battlefield State Park: Nature
Dade Battlefield State Park: Dade’s Battle!
Dade Battlefield State Park: Up Close with the Seminoles, Soldiers, and Trappers
Dade Battlefield State Park: Outtakes and Updates
Dade Battlefield State Park: Going Home
Dade Battlefield State Park: Morning Meditation: A Trio of Florida Pine Cones


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Dade Battlefield State Park: Outtakes and Updates

While on our trip to Bushnell, Florida to observe the annual Dade Battle reenactment, it wasn’t without a little humor and surprising observations.

Remember Kilt Man I wrote about in Dade Battlefield: Nature? As you might recall, as my beau and I sat at a picnic table and ate our lunch, we couldn’t help but hear a very loud talking man two tables over. He was regaling and bragging about his encounters and experiences with kilts. The woman to whom he was giving his monologue, kept giggling. My beau, on to Kilt Man’s bravado and time-worn faux tale of old ladies with umbrellas trying to seek a peek under his kilts (such an old, old joke) walked up to his table, and asked:

“I couldn’t help but hearing you, and as a proud Irishman, I’d like to ask you if you know what’s under an Irishman kilt.”

Kilt Man mumbled the time-worn, old punchline to the joke.

“No, sir, it’s the same thing, only bigger,” was my beau’s snappy comeback.

The day’s reenactment activities were all about authenticity and accuracy. I took this photograph, pleased with the setting. When I uploaded it onto my computer, I spotted the 19th century Seminole eating his lunch from a 21st century Styrofoam container:


A white horse hides behind some brush, but the Seminoles are even more hidden:


I walked over to gaze at some real coonskin caps:

I looked at a necklace made from a real racoon paw and one made from an alligator paw. I didn’t take photos of them, but they were interesting nonetheless.

Under one of the gazebos, a lady was playing a dulcimer with wooden spoons, while a man was playing a one-string washtub.


The back of this Seminole’s dress fascinated me. Then I saw his 19th century pistol:


We spoke to this Seminole, and we asked about his tartan cap. He told us that not only did the Seminole trade with the Spanish, English, and French, they also did business with the Scots-Irish: Therefore, tartans caps and other European commodities made their way to Seminole culture and fashion:

We spied this Seminole on horseback holding a rifle:


The afternoon was ending and getting chilly again. It was time to leave and return home.

Tomorrow: Going Home

Articles from the Dade Battlefield State Park by Susan Marie Molloy
Dade Battlefield State Park: Morning Meditation: Fan Palm
Dade Battlefield State Park: Nature
Dade Battlefield State Park: Dade’s Battle!
Dade Battlefield State Park: Up Close with the Seminoles, Soldiers, and Trappers
Dade Battlefield State Park: Outtakes and Updates
Dade Battlefield State Park: Going Home

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


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Dade Battlefield State Park: Nature

My beau and I look for unique and different activities, and sometimes we come across some pretty out-of-the ordinary sites.

This past weekend, we took a trip to Bushnell, Florida, located in the central part of the state. It was founded in 1885 and incorporated in 1911. It was named after the man who brought the railroad to the town, John W. Bushnell. It has a population of about 2,300 and it has a rural setting.

The Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is here, and the park was our main destination. We found many interesting demonstrations, historic attire, natural features, and an historic reenactment, all of which we learned a lot about and piqued our growing interest in Florida history.

We arrived at the park in the late morning. The sun was out and the sky partly cloudy. It was a cool 45 degrees Fahrenheit. As long as we walked and stayed as much in the sun as possible, it was not too unbearable.

We parked the car in a large mowed field and walked to the gate.


Our first stop was the concession stand, where we had hot hamburgers and French fries. We both got a can of cold ginger ale, but I slipped mine in my purse; it was much too frosty for me on a cool day!

As we sat at a picnic table in a gazebo and ate, we couldn’t help but hear a very loud talking man two tables over.  He was regaling and bragging about his encounters and experiences with kilts and old women poking their umbrellas at his kilts to sneak peeks underneath.  The woman to whom he was giving his monologue, kept giggling.  Incessantly giggling.

It was time to walk off our lunch, since the main event was still over an hour away.

My beau and I found a dirt path that led to a forest of pines, oaks, and palms.

There was evidence of a fire, since many of the trees were blackened and some felled. In the following photograph, you can see the blacked edges of a fan palm.

We continued along the path, remarking about the various vegetation and enjoying the absence of any 21st century noise, only the breeze rippling through some oak leaves and birds chirping above.  This stand of palms caught my eye, and I was surprised at how green the fronds were in contrast to the brown tree trunks.

The air temperature was growing warmer, so the chill was practically gone. As we walked back to civilization and back to the activity in the park, my beau spied these horse hoof prints. By my reckoning, it seemed the horse was cantering.

Tomorrow:  Dade’s Battle!

Articles in the Dade Battlefield State Park series by Susan Marie Molloy
Dade Battlefield State Park: Morning Meditation: Fan Palm
Dade Battlefield State Park: Nature
Dade Battlefield State Park: Dade’s Battle!
Dade Battlefield State Park: Up Close with the Seminoles, Soldiers, and Trappers
Dade Battlefield State Park: Outtakes and Updates
Dade Battlefield State Park: Going Home

© Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

 

 


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Morning Meditation: Fan Palm

A shy fan palmetto peeks from behind tall pines.

I took this picture yesterday on our trip to Bushnell, Florida to learn about Dade’s Battle, also known as Dade’s Massacre.  This week, I’ll be sharing with you our experiences on this little road trip.  Stay tuned.

A shy fan palm peeks from behind tall pines. Original photography by (c)Susan Marie Molloy

Articles in the Dade Battlefield State Park Series by Susan Marie Molloy
Dade Battlefield State Park: Morning Meditation: Fan Palm
Dade Battlefield State Park: Nature
Dade Battlefield State Park: Dade’s Battle!
Dade Battlefield State Park: Up Close with the Seminoles, Soldiers, and Trappers
Dade Battlefield State Park: Outtakes and Updates
Dade Battlefield State Park: Going Home