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Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Mount Royal Site, Florida

I've linked to SOCC  today. Pretty much every shot in my Blog is straight from my camera, so I thought I would join them all today. 

Some of my photos are art photos and some not, or just taken to display an item I want to blog about. Maybe one or two are cool, maybe none. I always try to frame them and see the colors and shapes and display my subject in it's best light.

It makes me happy when someone derives pleasure from my efforts. 

I can't just post a shot and not talk too, so here's a bunch of photographs taken at the Burial Mound that has been preserved near Welaka, Florida. (On the eastern bank of the St. Johns River in Putnam county, about 20 minutes south of Palatka.)

It is located in an Air Park subdivision where there are huge houses and manicured lawns and a private airport so the residents can fly home on weekends. Neat idea right?

 If our cottage owner hadn't told us where to look for it, we might not have found it. There's just a hill with a chain link fence around it and of course the obligatory plaque and information booth.

Lots of good information about the excavation and the findings. 

The rest of the scoop, (or rumor is more like it,) is that the person who owned the land who wanted to develop it knew the mound was there and thought that if he donated that parcel of land to the state for historical purposes, they would grant him building permits etc. Whether that had any effect on council or not, the site was excavated and the subdivided lots were sold and a swell community of houses got built.

This is a link to Florida's Historical website: Mount Royal Site.

Interesting plaque with good detail.

The glare was too great for my pictures of the info to turn out, but this line drawing came out showing an early Seminole Indian.

It doesn't look like much. Just a small hill. 
And I always expect to have a vision or goosebumps or some sort of epiphany when I'm around one of these places...... But nothing.

 This shot is of the top. If you're looking for an exciting historical site, this isn't it.

 This is from the top looking down. You can see the height a little better.

One thing we did drive away with is once again a sense of awe that humans have been on this earth for oh! So long! 

If you're in Florida and like native history, by all means drive over. It's good to see!

All of these photos were again shot and loaded directly from my Nikon P90 and then posted without alteration of any kind.


DJan said...

You're right: it doesn't look like anything, but knowing what it actually IS and then looking at it, it is very awe inspiring. Great shots, as usual.

Anonymous said...

I like your shots.

Rinkly Rimes said...

If ghosts existed (or non-existed if you know what I mean) I'm sure they'd hang about there! (Thanks for following, by the way!)

Eva Gallant said...

Gotta' love that hanging moss!

hip chick said...

It's always amazing to know what happened in places we cannot even imagine.

Judy said...

Very interesting. I'll have to go and check out your link. I enjoyed your photos.

crochet lady said...

I like the tours I get to go on without leaving my chair. Great pics of such a historic place.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

How absolutely fascinating! I love all the history...and even though it doesn't look like is fascinating to hear the story behind it! And of course, your photos are wonderful! ~Janine XO

Jan said...

This is a very interesting and informative post. Love your photos, too.

Holly said...

I love this kind of stuff!

EG Wow said...

So that's a burial mound! If it weren't plaqued I for sure would have thought it was a hill. Interesting story about the land developer.