On our drive back home to Michigan from Florida in March,
we went to visit my cousin who lives in Savannah.
Savannah is one of those cities that you can spend days and days
sightseeing and never see all you want to see.
It is gorgeous.
Last time we went, we did the downtown areas, including the old historic sections.
The architecture is gorgeous and the streets, lined with gigantic oak trees
dripping with Spanish Moss are so picturesque.
This visit, we only had a day and a half to go take photographs.
It rained part of the time we were there, so when it stopped,
we decided to visit some places more in the tropical woods
at parks, and at a famous cemetery (more about that in future posts).
We were so glad we did.
Because when you are from the north country, just seeing the fauna and plant life
of the tropics and south is quite interesting.
And there is so much history surrounding Savannah.
One of the most fascinating places to visit is Wormsloe Park.
It is a 1736 Colonial Estate near downtown Savannah.
It was orignally spelled "Wormslow".
It is so beautiful.
So today, I am posting PART ONE of our tour and hikes through this magnificent place.
One of the bridges by the river as you hike through the woods:
The 1913 historic arch. This was built to commemorate the owner's son's coming of age:
The paths are lined with those wondrous large oak trees with Spanish moss:
And Tarzan-type large vines....can you hear him calling for Jane?:
They were setting up historic re-enactments when we got there, but we couldn't stay to see them all.
We did talk to a man who had a booth set up selling furs:
I found a moss heart on one of the trees. I thought of a certain Blogger who takes pictures of hearts in the forest (you know who you are!):
And this tree branch that also formed a heart.
(Look close, a Cardinal is in the middle, in the background!):
All kinds of palms and tropical plants were growing on the Pine forest floor, along with some old twisted wood driftwood...I was fascinated by the difference in this forest and our Michigan forests!:
Ooooo! Beloved Spanish moss!:
Stay tuned..there will be Part Two next
of this wonderful place
Amazing photos. Love the bridge !
It is a pretty place with plants similar to ours and I can imagine they are different from up north.
you know i love this and have been waiting for it and the rest of your story. i grew up within walking distance of Wormsloe, not on a plantation ha ha, but on the same road. you probably drove by where our house USED to be, before the govt took it and created bigger better roads. you captured the wooded south in all these shots, even the polecats, hope you did not get to smell one... waiting on the rest of your trip.
nice...graet stuff...love your found hearts...and the spanish moss...
Great photos. Those old southern areas are so neat. They have lots of history. I remember going through old cemeteries down south. They are neat to also. I wasn't too thrilled to see all those furs hanging..LOL
Oh wow! I would never leave that place,it is so magical.
Savannah is a gorgeous place. We want to go back there. We only spent a short time there several years ago.
Love seeing the Spanish Moss... Did you see any Resurrection fern on the trees? Maybe it was too early in the spring.
It is such a tranquil scene you show. I too am waiting to see the rest.
Lovely photos. I love the hearts in unexpected places!
Looks like a beautiful place to visit! Your bridge shot was my favorite. So - are you going to be able to get some more moose shots in the UP this summer? LOL! I would love that opportunity - i'm counting on you to get one this summer. :-)
Oh, I love all this Joan. The moss in the trees and that great arch. Savannah is part of my old stompin' ground too. I lived on the other side of the state but found many excuses to get over to Savannah.
What a fascinating place, I love the Spanish moss, great pictures!
You sure have a good ole time in FLA!
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