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Liz Keeler
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Curiousity about the way things tie in together in nature or "the tao of life". I have a crazy fondness for swamps and cypress trees. Ability to laugh at myself and pick myself up by my bootstraps and trek on...
Curiousity about the way things tie in together in nature or "the tao of life". I have a crazy fondness for swamps and cypress trees. Ability to laugh at myself and pick myself up by my bootstraps and trek on...

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Storm on St. George Sound
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The "Forgotten Coast" of Florida is less populated and known for great fishing and oysters. This was taken a couple of weeks ago.
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Withlacoochee River Landscape 22
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The cypress knees were out of the water here at the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon, Florida
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Burton Texas Railroad Station
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This train station located in Burton, Texas was the second railroad structor and was built by Southern Pacific Railroad in 1898. The first structure built by the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1870 burned down.  This one features wide overhanging eaves and Starburst gable windows which were standard for the Southern Pacific Railroad.   I thought the stagecoach off to its side was a complement to the shot.
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The Tree Grew Legs
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This tree looks as though it could walk away any minute.  Actually there was a great deal of water run-off down to the Bayou Teche and over time the soil wore away.  Photo taken in Arnaudville, LA

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Young Gator
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This young gator was sitting on a log until we disturbed him, then he decided to look up and open his mouth.  Taken on Lake Martin,
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Lake Martin Landscape 25
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Photo taken on Lake Martin
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Oil Pumpjacks
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These pumpjacks dot the Oilfield Road area along High Island, Texas, known as the High Island Oilfield.  Oil was discovered in this area in the early 1900s.
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Bolivar Peninsular Lighthouse
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The Lighthouse was built in 1872 and towers 117 ft. above sea level. It guided mariners for 61 years and was retired in 1933 when it was replaced by the South Jetty light. It is now privately owned and not open to visitors. A lighthouse which may have been erected by the Republic of Texas was dismantled during the Civil War and plans for the present Bolivar light were made after that time.

The Bolivar lighthouse is brick sheathed in cast iron plates riveted together. It once glistened with a white-and-black banded exterior, but now is covered with rust and is almost a uniform black.  info from http://www.crystalbeach.com/

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Fort Travis
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The Bolivar Peninsula, Texas has a long history of fortifications. Many of them were built on the site of the present Fort Travis Seashore Park. In 1816, Frances Xavier Mina, on an expedition for Spain, constructed an earthen levee to protect himself and his men from the Karankawa Indians. Old Fort Travis is on the western end of Bolivar Peninsula close to the ferry landing. Some of the old concrete bunkers still remain.  In 1898, along with federal development of the Port of Galveston, construction on the present Fort Travis was begun. The fort was completed in 1899. The fort was heavily damaged during the 1900 storm. Repairs included the present 15 foot sea wall around the fort. During World War I Fort Travis garrisoned troops defending the Port of Galveston.   In 1961 during Hurricane Carla, many of the local residents stayed there to ride out the storm, along with their cattle and other animals.

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