These are cypress trees in a bit of wetland that is not so wet right now. I took this picture at the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science which we call the Junior because forever and ever ago it was the Junior Museum and thus it will ever be so for some of us.
I have written about the Junior so many times because I have been there so many times. I took my children when they were young and now I go with my grandchildren. It is a beautiful place with many, many trees and native plants and animal habitats that the humans walk over on boardwalks. As many times as I've been I always see something new there.
I went today with Jessie and August and Levon. It was a teacher planning day so the kids were out of school and there were lots of people there. I woke up in a bit of a mood and when Jessie asked if I'd like to go I at first said, "No, probably not," but then I got through my regular morning existential angst for the most part and changed my mind and met them there. It's sort of a big thing for me because it's WAY west of Tallahassee and I'm way east and you have to drive through town and through FSU and it's all changed so much since the last time I made that trek. But I made it and was glad I did because the light was so perfect and the air was crisp.
And they do. Cypress trees can grow for five hundred or even over a thousand years. I have heard that there's one somewhere in the forest at Wakulla Springs that is over 2,000 years old but they do not give out the location of it because some asshole would surely cut it down. Or burn it down. There's an excellent article HERE about a woman who accidentally burned down a Florida cypress tree that was estimated to be over three thousand years old and the fifth oldest tree in the world.
She was smoking meth in the hollowed out trunk of it.
Can you imagine?
Guess what the third questions was.
Yep. How did he get his foot hurt?
The woman very carefully said, "I have answered that twice and I will tell you once more. We do not know. We were not there when it happened. I do not need to answer this question again."
Any guesses as to what the fourth kid asked?
I told Jessie later that I thought it was possible that woman was suffering from burn-out.
Look at the snarls in the second picture. Scary wolf-children!
They are building a new alligator habitat so we have that to look forward to.
Here's one more cypress tree picture.
Here we are.
All I could do was say, "Okay, honey. Please be careful."
I am having, as I always do in this situation, a bit of a difficult time trying to switch the gears in my head from being a woman living in solitude and quiet, to being a married woman who shares her space with a partner. It is amazing how completely different the experiences are. I would imagine that it might almost be like going to a meditation retreat for a week where no one speaks, and then going back out into the world.
Not that I've ever gone to a meditation retreat for so much as an hour, nor ever will. But I think this is as close as I will ever get.
Plus- it's going to get pretty chilly tonight and it will be very nice to have someone to snuggle with. Especially such a good, dear man whom I love so much.