I arrived in central Florida this afternoon, to spend the week. I’m here doing photography, and trying to accomplish the feats of thought and consideration so appropriate for the time sandwiched between Christmas and New Year’s.
Today we visited Paynes Prairie, a vast savanna that was under the control of the Alachua band of the Seminole Indians in the 18th century. The Alachua, under the leadership of a chief known intriguingly as “Ahaya the Cowkeeper,” used it as a grazing ground for their massive cattle herds.
When I took this photo, I was standing in the middle of the longleaf pine forest, watching the sun fall. Pine always has a strong scent, but the Florida longleaf pines have a unique fragrance. I breathed deeply, and officially began one of my favorite weeks of the year.