January 29th, 2021

krazy koati

When I asked her what's the matter

All's looking a little more normal on my humor blog. Featured there the past week have been:

Let's get back to cruising around the Cypress Gardens, January of 2020. The gardens have reopened but group tour boats are off, for now; just individual self-guided rowboats. We'd have not understood anything without a guide.

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The bridal landing, used for weddings as a spot where the boat carrying the bride reaches ground and lets her get onto the ground without dragging her dress through mud.


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Oooh, look at that fallen and broken log. I bet there's a letterbox in it!


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Turtle turtle.


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A woodpecker(?)-devoured tree standing absurdly tall just in the middle of the water like that. And it's all like that.


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And a birdhouse set out for I don't know what kinds of birds. Maybe something from that wildlife plaque we saw earlier.


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Tree that's had a bead of caulk laid down to try and hold it secure and keep it safe against the harsh winter.


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Another of those great tall woodpecker(?)-devoured trees in the middle of the water.


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I realize this is a lot of pictures of very similar things but, boy, you just don't see trees like this in the marshes that mid-Michigan is struggling to be again.


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The experience caused me to understand just how much Walt Kelly's Pogo really got the look right.


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More of the trees. See that bridge in back? We'll come back to that. But you might have seen it already.


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Self-guided tour boat surprisingly close to an alligator. I'm not sure if they were aware.


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But the alligator's happy to not mess with this nonsense.


Trivia: England of 1870 had about 120,000 privately owned large carriages and 250,000 light two-wheel carriages. Source: The Invention of Tradition, Editors Eric Hobsbawm, Terence Ranger.

Currently Reading: Cities and the Sea: Port City Planning in Early Modern Europe, Josef W Konvitz.