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This image was taken looking up inside one of the tiny corner towers at the fort, though I have no idea if this is how they originally looked or if there were once some internal structures to allow a sentry to view through the windows during guard duty. Either way, it was a fascinating place to visit.
It’s hard to believe, but this pastoral scene was once the epicenter of a pivotal battle of the American Civil War — Pickett’s Charge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is the viewpoint of the Confederates, looking toward the Union lines — a hard-fought contest that resulted in a decisive defeat for the South (with over 50 percent casualties) and effectively signaled the beginning to end for them, as they never fully recovered from their losses here.
While the total casualties at Gettysburg over a three-day period were appalling for both sides (23,049 for the Union and well over 23,000 for the Confederates), it still didn’t match the one-day total for both sides at Antietam, just 9-months prior to the battle here and which remains the bloodiest day in US history.
Every time I do background checking for a new post, I discover something new and interesting — like azaleas are highly toxic and that bees are deliberately fed on the nectar of azaleas in some parts of Turkey to produce something known as “mad honey“, which has mind-altering properties that are occasionally lethal.
The fruit trees are now blooming and some — like our local peaches — will have edible harvests in just another 8 weeks. We are normally able to buy our first white peaches of the year around July 4th, so things are beginning to pick up!
Just down the road from us, there is a stunning display of wisteria. When I took this photo, the air was humming with hundreds of bumble bees — all eager to enjoy the fresh blooms.
This specific flowering dogwood tree (Cornus florida) is one of my very favorites in late April (yes, I have lots of favorite trees — so what?). It’s right next to the exit of one of the many buildings where I work, and in the spring becomes just an utter cloud of creamy white blossoms — especially pretty when back-lit by the morning sun.
Each year I eagerly look forward to the day when I can just stand at this spot for many minutes at a time, and absorb the warmth and peaceful beauty that permeates that special area.