picture time!

 I couldn’t resist trying to take this shot.  This is just a simple leaf from our graprefuit tree.

One of our weekend trips to the local state parks came recommended by none other than Elle herself.  She’d visited Fort Clinch during one of her field trips and begged me for months to take her back.  This is a shot of one of the hidden stairways, steps that lead to the top of the fort and a spectacular view of the water.

Fort Clinch


I couldn’t wait to take Elle to Devil’s Millhopper in Gainesville.  I knew she could handle the steps, both up and down, and she was honestly thrilled to see the view from the bottom of the sinkhole.  For a girl who’d seen very little in the way of nature (outside of the beach…and sand…and ocean…and more sand), Elle was ecstatic to see her first waterfall, even if it was only a small 3-foot trickle out of the limestone.

Devil's Millhopper


 Elle finally saw a real waterfall.  After a 20-30 minute walk, and being able to hear the waterfall for most of that hike, we arrived at the bottom of the falls in Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina.  And we were allowed to walk under it or into it, whichever you prefered that day.

My friend Ben's head is not a natural wonder, so far that I know.

Elle posing under Hickory Nut Falls


Florida skies offer some of the most beautiful sunsets.  Not many people, however, talk much about the sunrises we are gifted with sometimes.  This is one of them.

morning sky


About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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