Thursday, February 18, 2016

February 19, 2016

Castillo de San Marcos

One of the reasons I love the Castillo is that it joins two of my great interests: Spanish colonial history and antique artillery. I believe this cannon is a reproduction, mimicking similiar pieces from the 18TH century. Also interesting is the contrast of old and new . . . the newer concrete flooring and the mottled coquina wall which is definitely showing its age. As always, I hope folks visiting the Castillo or any other historic site will resist the urge to climb or sit on the artillery pieces. You won’t believe how many people do so even though there are signs asking them to refrain!

Fountain of Youth

Peacocks are definitely the stars of the show at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. Not only are their calls exotic and fascinating, but their plumage, especially when they’re attracting a mate as in this photo, is beyond stunning. In the background you can also see Spanish moss and other gems of natural Florida. With beautiful birds, warm weather, and shafts of sunlight poking through the trees, I could sit down on one of those benches and doze off and probably not wake up until they closed the park and shooed me out :-)

(c) 2015-2016 Skies of Blue and Gray

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