There is More to a Garden Than Flowers…

… mused The Old Lady as she strolled through Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, Florida.

 

The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine. – Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

The East and the West belong to God. Wherever you turn, you are always in the presence of God. – The Quran, Chapter (2) sūrat l-baqarah

…complete on every side, equally poised from the centre in every direction, like the mass of a rounded sphere… – Parmenides, On Nature, VIII.40

Do not I fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. – The Bible, Jeremiah 23:24

FIRE! FIRE!

Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia. Red indicates the burned area.               

The Old Lady’s very favorite place in the state of Georgia is the Okefenokee Swamp.

And as of this writing, her beloved Swamp is on fire.

It started with a lightning strike on April 6… a totally natural occurrence… and at this time the fire has scorched more than 225 square miles.

The great Swamp NEEDS the occasional wildfire, to burn off the trees and such that would eventually cause the Swamp to dry up and become a forest.  This has been the pattern throughout the Swamp’s history.

But of course, to those creatures who fail to escape ahead of the flames, it spells the End of the World as they know it.  And pity the humans living near the eastern edge, who are now facing evacuations and the possible loss of their homes.

The fire brings disaster and despair… but it is only after the flames have passed can the healing green growth begin.  The cycle takes another turn.  The Swamp survives.

“Hmmm,” muttered The Old Lady, “there’s a metaphor here, if only I could find it.”

The Old Lady’s favorite view of the Swamp, c. 2013

Don’t Miss Out!

The Old Lady missed out.

When she drove through downtown Valdosta, GA, the band was packing up….

… and the tables were being broken down…

… and the crowd had left.

The Old Lady KNEW that today was the first day of the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series, a week every year when local bands perform on the lawn at the historic Lowndes County Courthouse from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. every day for FREE.

People bring their lunches or buy them from vendors on site, and enjoy the music and their food and the lovely weather.

The Old Lady missed out today.

Don’t be like The Old Lady.

SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC… especially when it’s FREE!

P.S. – The Old Lady has some new readers who have told her that they did not realize that they could scroll down below the current blog entry… and read ALL the blog entries that The Old Lady has ever posted, in reverse order.

So don’t miss out!  Scroll down for previous blog entries that you may not have ever read!

Camp Humor

In a campground on a bluff overlooking the Suwanee River there is a hole, where somebody put a pole to keep campers from falling in…

… and on the pole campers have added droll comments.

But it was the last one that made The Old Lady laugh out loud!

Woods Wanderings

The Old Lady likes to look at trees.  Really, really look at trees.

Dog with Bone
Duck
Hobbitat
Bird Salute

You just never know what – or who – you might see out there.

Who is this?

From there to here

From here to there

Funny things are everywhere.

-Dr. Seuss

“I tucked my trowser-ends into my boots, and went and had a good time.” – Walt Whitman

CHASSAHOWITZKA!

“Gesundheit!” said The Old Lady.

“No, silly, it’s the name of the river!” said her friend B.

Look at your Florida map, along the left coast about halfway between Crystal River and Spring Hill, and you will see the road that leads to Chassahowitzka.  Follow that road to its end and you will find Chassahowitzka Campground (The Old Lady just LOVES to say “Chassahowitzka”!).

At the campground you can rent canoes and kayaks to embark upon your own river adventure.

The Old Lady saw a black and white warbler, a swallow-tailed kite, and a yellow-bellied sapsucker… and that was just at her campsite!  Along the river she saw herons, egrets, limpkins, wood ducks, double-crested cormorants and anhingas, belted kingfishers, ospreys AND an osprey nest, pelicans, black buzzards and turkey vultures, small water snakes and a LARGE water moccasin (cottonmouth), a family of foraging raccoons… and (drumroll here please) a pair of river otters that played and picnicked and performed for her private entertainment.

Where are the photos, you ask?  Sadly, The Old Lady’s camera is broken.

But if you want to see more… you must go out there yourself and see what can be seen!  If you seek, they will reveal themselves to you… but you have to go where they live.

Adventure is where you find it… but first, you have to look for it!

LISTEN to The Old Lady!

Adventure is Where You Find It

The Old Lady was on her way home when she saw a sign pointing off the main highway to Convict Spring.

So she turned, and found not just the spring but also the most delightful place to camp!

Suwanee River Rendezvous has primitive tent campsites right on the bluff overlooking the river.

Closer to the highway but well within walking distance is a big RV park that includes a heated swimming pool and hot tub!

Primitive camping on the river AND access to a hot tub?  It just doesn’t get much better than that!  Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it led The Old Lady to an unexpected and lovely adventure!