02 March 2009

Lake Jackson, part two

During Florida's territorial and early statehood time period, the land where the Lake Jackson Mounds are was owned by Col. Robert Butler. He was the state's first Surveyor General when Andrew Jackson was governor. Under his ownership, much of the land was used as a plantation, but some remained in its natural state. Here are some photos from the nature trail through the upland pinelands that surround the park today.

Looks like some trail improvement going on. Should be interesting to come back again in a few years and see how it looks.

This area waslabeled as "historical," but with no explanation why.

I have no idea what this fascinating plant is. I even looked in books and online, with no luck. Does anyone know?

These steep-walled, forested ravines are locally called "steepheads" and are normally found along the east bank of the Apalachicola River in Liberty and Gadsen counties. Most have small streams and a cool, moist microclimate, quite different from that of the surrounding terrain. The flora, in part, consists of Southern Magnolia, Redbud, and the Oakleaf Hydrangea. All have a rich herb and vina flora,includingmany fern species such as Maiden, Venus Hair, and Southern Lady ferns, most of which are often rare elsewhere. Related ravone forests occur along mainly the northern tier of counties in the panhandle. All with similar flora and faunas.

Getting late in the day...

Termite paradise?

This is Lake Jackson, just a quick jaunt away from the park.

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