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klaude_g

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dreamscapesxx

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meriscreative

Happy Friday folks! Make it a great one!

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catchasemedia

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florida.folk.history

AUNT AGGIE’S BONEYARD Aggie Jones, known affectionately as Aunt Aggie, was born in Tatnall County, Georgia. She came to Lakeland, then known as Alligator, in 1844 as a freed slave. She was the property of the Elijah Maddox family, as was her husband, Jenkin Jones, called "Uncle Jenks.” . Some time after emancipation, they were able to purchase the property later known as The Bone Yard in the northeastern section of Lake City in 1883. Here were built "amazing gateways, arches and trellises from bones, wired together to form fanciful structures. Bones bordered the white-sand walkways and formed an arcade between the front gate and the Joneses' house.” . There was also an informal natural history museum inside, which contained snakes preserved in jars and alligator skeletons, as well as a human skeleton hung in the hallway. No human bones were ever used in the structures, however, as Aggies was quick to explain to her visitors. Visitors are said to have loved the mixture of lush flora and sepulchral structures; "they wrote their names and addresses on the bones; children gazed on the strange beauty of the place with awe and admiration. You could buy flowers and good things to eat, have your fortune told, and hear a good story or be reminded of Aggie's favorite Bible verses". Aggie sold flowers and produce, and visitors left tips in exchange for floral bouquets created especially for each visitor by Aggie. So why the bones? There’s no clear answer, really. Bone meal is an excellent fertilizer, so maybe this was part of Aggie’s motivation. Maybe it was just a bit of creative flair. It is also possible that she was a practitioner of hoodoo, a traditional black folk spirituality. At any rate, the “bone garden” became a popular tourist spot for travelers passing through Lake City by railroad or automobile. A pamphlet describing the garden says it was also a popular “lovers’ retreat.” Visitors would sometimes write their names and addresses on the bones – perhaps one of Florida’s most unusual guest books. The Florida State archive preserves some photos of the site, which was demolished after Aggie’s death in 1918 to make room for a high school.

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bestofthesunshinestate_nature

Who would want to be sitting there right this very second? Yes please!!!! 🙋 The BestOfTheSunshineState_Nature Proudly Presents 🌞🌿🌞🌿🌞 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our Featured Artist 📸: ~~~~ @florida_has_my_heart ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Photo selected by: @liveasaltyfloridalife ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A huge congrats on your feature!! Thank you for sharing your photo 📸 with us!!🌞🌿🌞🌿🌞 Please visit the artist page and show them some SunshineState Love! 🌿🌞🌿🌞🌿(and please do not repost without the original artist permission)🌞🌿🌞 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please follow @Bestofthesunshinestate_Nature and then tag #bestofthesunshinestate_nature for your chance to be featured on our page! 🌞🌿🌞 (page Own/Admin: @Liveasaltyfloridalife) Mod: @chasingoz Mod: @ser.en.dip.it.y Mod: @ 🌿🌞🌿 Follow our sister page @Bestofthesunshinestate and tag #bestofthesunshinestate for chances to be featured on that page!! 🌿🌞🌿 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #pureflorida #hashtagflorida #onlyinflorida #floridastateparks #flnature #floridaphotographer #visitfl #visitflorida #bestofflorida #realflorida #lovefl #loveflorida #vacationflorida #live_love_wildlife #floridaphotographer #floridanature #wildflorida #rebels_nature #naturesbeauty #sunshinestate #floridaexplored #floridalife #instagram_florida #raw_florida #bssn_florida_has_my_heart

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thepancakery_destin

Visiting the Emerald Coast for the long weekend? Stop by The Pancakery in Destin or Panama City Beach for breakfast! Photo Credit: @raegreentree #destinfl #gulfcoast #emeraldcoast #beachlife #visitFL #loveFL #onlyinflorida #floridaexplored

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yourfriend_nature

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aroundthorntonpark

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donbarryphoto

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lori_b911

I have a confession...I LOVE BOKEH!! So last night when I got this shot, and the beautiful color balls of light showed up in my shot, I about peed myself. It makes me so happy for some reason...maybe you are the same way, when you get a shot to look just how you envisioned it?! Sometimes, it is the simplest things in life that make me the happiest 😊 Have a fantastic Friday my fabulous friends &family💗 . . . . . #bokehlicious #bokeh #explore_skies #rebel_sky #floridaexplored #best_skyview #jj_skylove #sunset_hub #florida_greatshots #florida_sky_shots #ig_skyvibes #ig_sunsetshots #super_sunset_channel #ig_myshots #fivestars_sunsets #landscape_royals #loves_skyandsunset #skyscapejournal #signatureshots #world_bestsky #fun_in_florida #raw_florida #raw_skies #sky_sultans #iskyhub #passion_4_living_photos #super_photosunsets #ipulledoverforthis #hey_ihadtosnapthat

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wavering_horizons

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sunset.blonde

I took a bunch of snapshots on my little wandering adventure yesterday so apologies in advance for the photo spam 😆 #sorrynotsorry

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mizsalty

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igpostaholic

Have a great weekend

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rocofoto

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chasingoz

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a._rush

Stop for a minute and smile 🌴🌴

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mr_shanehenry

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sunset.blonde

Always love stopping in this fun little neighborhood. #gulfport

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genesispythons

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hardlyinvincible

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silver_girl_photography_

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floridarestores

Our ERT Team (Emergency Response Team) was some of the first feet on the ground after #HurricaneMichael. The teams come in and secured safety issues created by the disaster. Looking for washed out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, and damaged electrical wiring. #floridarestores #onmissiontogether #fltravelchat #flstateparks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #everglades #evergladesnationalpark #floridalife #lovefl #floridaliving #sunshinestate #visitfl #exploreflorida #roamflorida #gulfcoast #floridatravellife#staysaltyflorida #onlyinflorida #instagram_florida #floridabeaches #roamflorida #floridaexplored #upsideofflorida #unitedmethodist #florida_greatshots #hashtagflorida #UMC #floridagorgialine #floridaliving #volunteerflorida

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stefanmazzola

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msriffle

This sunrise panorama was made at Mashes Sands Beach near Panacea Florida.

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exploring_the_real_florida

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jandro_jandritto

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bluebirdpharmacy

An unexpected treat this past summer at Little Talbot Island State Park was seeing the Standing Cypress. I visited during the July 4th holiday, so the red flowers framed against the blue sky and white clouds combined for a patriot flair. This species of Florida native wildflower can grow rather tall (swipe), and some of them stood above me on the upslope of dunes along the road and trail. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ #standingcypress #Ipomopsisrubra #littletalbot #littletalbotisland #littletalbotislandstatepark #floridastateparks #neflorida #igers_jax #igjax #jacksonvilleflorida #northfloridawild #natureismytherapy #naturerx #naturetherapy #floridanativewildflowers #floridawildflowers #floridanativeplants #floridanativeplantsociety #wildflowersofinstagram #floridanature #naturalflorida #floridanaturephotography #wildflorida #ixiachapter #jaxnature #floridaexplored #exploreflorida #getoutsideflorida #getoutsidefl #jaxnature @ixia.chapter.fnps @fl_native_plants @fl.stateparks

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wavering_horizons

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still_adventures

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roddypittman

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend! 🤙

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larrybrophy

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pc3photos

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florida_has_my_heart

Grander earth has quaked before Moved by the sound of His voice Seas that are shaken and stirred Can be calmed and broken for my regard 💗 And through it all, through it all My eyes are on You And through it all, through it all It is well 💗 And far be it from me to not believe Even when my eyes can't see 💗 And this mountain that's in front of me Will be thrown into the midst of the sea 💗 So let go my soul and trust in Him The waves and wind still know His name So let go my soul and trust in Him The waves and wind still know His name 💗 And through it all, through it all My eyes are on You And it is well...with me (It Is Well by Bethel Music) . . #floridaexplored #lovefl #florida_greatshots #fun_in_florida #onlyinflorida #only_florida #hashtagflorida #instagram_florida #perfectbeaches #bestofthesunshinestate #staysaltyflorida #raw_beaches #photo_beaches #primebeachusa #ig_stormclouds #hey_ihadtosnapthat #pureflorida #roamflorida #raw_florida #bestpicturesgallery #ig_captured #onceupon_a_beach #tagmyfoto #passion_4_living_photos #thecoastallife #nautical_images #onlythebestcaptures #raw_community_member #raw_community #raw_members

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jessann1024

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meetrambo

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tajdphoto

One of my goals for this year is to capture more of Florida's infamous summertime thunderstorms. I am anxiously awaiting storm season. 🌧

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ginger__lee_

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pensacolaeastward

Magical Night at the Beach. ❤️🙏 Let kids explore. Let them learn from nature. Be still and listen. #floridaexplored #beachlife #homeschool #gottahavefaith #familytime #florida #beach

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tjh3photo

Having some camera withdrawals... but this new wide angle on my iPhone X will do for now 😊. Last nights sunset. Showed up a little late to the party but was still able to get down ☀️ . . . . #cloudoholic #exploreflorida #travel #instagram_florida #florida_greatshots #igersfortmyers #florida #staysaltyflorida #floridaexplored  #pureflorida #longexposure #cloudchasers #cloudyday #instaclouds #instacloud #cloudscape #clouds #clouds_of_our_world #skyline #cloudsporn #cloudlife #cloudnine #cloudchaser #cloud #skylovers #sunset #stormchaser #ig_stormclouds

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celliott_76

Tonight ‘s lovely kiss goodnight💋🥰💋

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floridaexplored

Icon of the Florida wilderness, the mighty American Alligator. Photo by @genesispythons give him a follow for more of Florida's wildlife #floridaexplored

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bobbernier

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sunset.blonde

The place the universe led me to today ⛵️

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bobbernier

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starrynight3012

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starrynight3012

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ambamlynnfitness

Ready for spring to roll back around like... 🌸🌸🌸 • • • There is this really cool place in Orlando called Harry P. Leu Gardens and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys peaceful walks with scenic views. It’s right off of a lake and has lush flowers all throughout the property. It’s the perfect place to go and stroll while you reflect and give yourself some self love 💕✨🌸 #areyoutakingcareofyou #selflovewarrior #taketimeforyou #youarepriceless

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wavering_horizons

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ambamlynnfitness

#TBT because I’m sick and can barely move today so why not look at pictures that make me happy 🤷🏼‍♀️ • • • Y’all, I’ve been SO sick today. It’s been rough. I went to bed last night with a cough and runny nose and before the night was through I was throwing up 🤢. So today I’ve made sure to drink my superfoods shake, drink my vitamin C, and load up on real food. Ya girl has zero time to be sick like this! 👎🏼

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riccifoto

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ayce09

🎶Everybody loves the sunshine🎵☀️ Does @spotify more times than not give you a fire Weekly Playlist every single week? Same. Love discovering new artists. Click the link in my story to give the above track a listen. 😎👍🏻 #spotify #chasinglight #amongstyourpiers

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exploring_the_real_florida

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reptiles_and_wildlife

This two inch long, colorful critter is called the Liguus Tree Snail! With its size and coloration, it stood out very well against the bark of this Gumbo Limbo tree. An interesting fact about these snails is that they actually go dormant during the winter and stick themselves onto the trunks of trees until the active season returns in spring. They bind themselves pretty well to the bark, so removing them will apparently kill them! So if you see any of these beauties in the hardwood hammocks of South Florida, it’s probably best to leave them be and take some nice in-Situ shots! • • • #snail #liguus #mollusk #wildlife #nature #southflorida #everglades #outdoors #macro #wideangle #laowa #liguustreesnail #bug #critters #florida #floridaexplored #floridawildlife

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reptiles_and_wildlife

We saw swamp lilies all over the marshy parts of the Everglades region! These flowers were pretty big and stuck out like a sore thumb against the sawgrass and other monotonous plants that you see in wintertime. From far away they often looked like egrets, they were that big and noticeable! Neat plant for sure, especially since it was one of the only plants in flower right now. • • • #swamplily #nature #everglades #wild #plants #flowers #flower #outdoors #southflorida #florida #pretty #wideangle #macro #swamp #lily #floridaexplored

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reptiles_and_wildlife

We shined this little cottonmouth in the middle of night! Cottonmouths, also known as water moccasins, are one of Florida’s most common snakes. They tend to be found in or around wetlands where there are plenty of frogs, fish, rodents, and other prey available. This species is perhaps the most feared and misunderstood snake in the Eastern US. The number of stories you’ll hear of people swearing they found them in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, etc is insane! The truth is, on the East Coast they do not range any further than southern Virginia. While they are indeed venomous, they are not aggressive and are not out to get you. Most of them act like a rock with eyes and a flickering tongue, some will actively try to escape (which can come off as “aggressive” if they try to hide in your direction), and every once in a while they will stand their ground by gaping to show off their bright white mouths. Of course, every snake is an individual and behaves differently, but I’ve seen a lot of cottons before and pretty much every single one has been easy-going. As long as people respect them and their space, there is very little risk of being envenomated by one of these. Please watch where you step, don’t handle them irresponsibly, and keep an eye on your dogs if you’re letting them roam around where these guys might be found. If you want to make your yard unappealing to cottonmouths and other snakes, cut the yard short and keep woodpiles/stuff elevated off the ground so they don’t want to hide under them. If you minimize the food and cover sources from your yard, you will also minimize the chances of a snake moving in. That said, snakes are entirely beneficial to have around, and that includes venomous species like this cottonmouth. Found with @brytheherpguy • • • #fieldherping #wildlife #florida #southflorida #cottonmouth #watermoccasin #snake #wild #outdoors #venomous #bio #conservation #nature #livingwithwildlife #night #macro #floridawildlife #floridaexplored

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deejaydundee

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deejaydundee

“ Do I got somethin on my face ? “ #SwampFerret #RiverOtter #SaveTheEverglades #NowOrNeverglades

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