The Floridian Peninsula – Daniel G. Brinton 1859

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Book Plate

Daniel Garrison Brinton 1837-1899, physician, anthropologist. Born in Thornbury Township, PA. was a pioneer in the field of academic anthropology. As with most academics in the 19th century, his wealth allowed him the freedom to pursue other studies.
“Notes on the Floridian Peninsula, its Literary History, Indian Tribes and Antiquities” is a book about Florida history written in 1859, reprinted in 1969. Uses an incredible amount of reference material. If I needed reference to primary source material concerning early Florida history – this is it. There are some things we now know not to be true, but we must consider when it was written. His literary history documents sources of Spanish, French, English, and American history, and also the Native Americans who lived in Florida.
The section on Native Americans covers both what was known of indigenous tribes Apalachees, Caloosa, and Ais, as well as the Creek/Seminole migration. His section on antiquities covers investigations of shell mounds and other ancient areas.
In keeping with my main interests this book contains geographic, geological, flora, and fauna information.  The appendix about Silver Springs and the Oklewaha River (his spelling) are particularity interesting.
This fascinating book gives a perspective of Florida history that we seldom see. I was able to get a copy from the University of Central Florida library. Another book I would recommend is John Lee Williams Territory of Florida around 1839, there are electronic copies around for free.

Something Different

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Washington Eye – National harbor – August 2015

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Gaylord Fountain – National Harbor – August 2015

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” –Mark Twain

Quick trip to DC for a conference. Need to brush up on taking pics with my old Panasonic point and shoot. Most came out awful. Lots a work little picture taking time – but here it is. View is National Harbor, MD on the Potomac River just outside of Washington DC.

Quote found at http://matadornetwork.com/bnt/50-most-inspiring-travel-quotes-of-all-time/

The Martha

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The Martha – Abingdon, VA – May 2015

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ETSU String Band – The Martha – May 2015

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be in” – Martha Washington

It was certainly easy to be happy sitting on the lawn of the Martha hotel and listening to bluegrass music. ETSU is East Tennessee State University, they have a fabulous ethno musicology program – among other great studies.

Quote found at http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/Martha/Washington

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Doors – The Martha – May 2015

Some History

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Bridge House – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

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Osprey on the Bridge – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

This was the first electric swing bridge in Florida – Over the St Johns River between Sanford and DeBary. Not much left, but at least they preserved some.

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Historical Sign – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

More Masonic Temple

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Room in the Temple – Philadelphia – April 2015

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Hallway – Philadelphia – April 2015

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Stained Glass – Philadelphia – April 2015

If it were allowed, I’d get my tripod and wide angle lens and spend the day (or 2) there. Unfortunately it was a 1 hour guided tour, snap away. There were seven themed rooms and the halls and stairs were amazing.

Something Different

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Love Park – Philadelphia – April 2015

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Art Museum – Philadelphia – April 2015

Spent last week in Philadelphia, only had my point and shoot with me, so the birds were elusive. But thought I’d share some random shots over the next couple of days.

This is the art museum, first shot from Love Park – then closer, which is more famous for having been in the movie Rocky, than for the fabulous works of art it contains. Including Carnival Evening by Henri Rousseau – my favorite artist.

Architecture – Photo 101

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Cinderella’s Castle BW – Disney World – March 2014

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Cinderella’s Castle – Disney World – March 2014

Had to dig into the archives for this one. This is the upper part of Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World in Orlando. Shot with my kit lens – the spires do not really lean in like that.

I’m not really happy with my black and white conversions. There never seems to be enough contrast in my photos to make the B&W conversions pop.

So perhaps if I tried for more contrasty captures things would turn out better – another challenge!!