Sunday, January 08, 2006

Bartram's Map Of Payne's Prairie 1773


Some "now" photos of this vast Florida prairie will be posted later today. Right now, it's 52 degrees F with perfect clear blue skies and I need to go outside.Posted by Picasa


roger said...

looks a bit like an old medical drawing. is that the heart or the liver in the center?

vicki said...

I love old maps and globes- they are a direct window to the state of exploration in times past. I have a very old world globe and it's clear no one had gotten anywhere near the polar regions yet. This map of Payne's Prairie is wonderful- it's as though the world is just wilderness beyond the borders and who knows, it may have been.
I like the generic Florida waterfowl, too.

It's going to be ten degrees warmer by Thursday, right?

Floridacracker said...

That had not occurred to me, but you are right, it does look like an old anatomy diagram.

I think we hit 65 today, but it's starting to fall now at 1600 hrs.

Laura said...

Oh I can't wait to see your other photos. We have a house near the border of Kanapaha prairie, which borders Payne's prairie! When you're going north on I-75 just past the Williston exit, you can see the edges of "our" prairie. lol.

Is that the sinkhole at the upper top of the photo? I'm trying to remember when the sinkhole opened up and drained the lake. sounds like I need to go back and do my research again! I've forgotten so much.

pablo said...

Is there any explanation for this large bowl of land? Geologically speaking, I mean.

Floridacracker said...

I know that area! 1891 is when the sinkhole reopened and drained the lake.

I looked around and did not find a clear reason for the bowl. My suspicion is a subsidence of our Karst's just such a huge area...makes me wonder about that explanation. Still, that's my answer and I'm sticking to it.

OORANOS said...

Have a good time

thingfish23 said...

We had frost the other night that really nipped everything back. Grapevines, porterweeds, firebush, many ferns, and especially our beautiful cassia flowers.

The upshot is that there is still plenty of live plant for the numerous sulphur larvae to eat.

Anonymous said...

I am a direct descendant of Mr. Bartram and he would be turning over in his grave to hear your criticism of his diagram. Actually, he did specialize in plant and animals, I suppose maps were not his forte.