Reflections on the "Real Florida"
|Family and friends at the "jumping" tree at |
Fisheating Creek in Glades County.
Photo by Helen Woodmansee, ca 1975.
FNPS members recently received my letter describing childhood adventures in South Florida's outdoors – memorable experiences made possible thanks to preserved lands and my parents' initiative. I dug up some photos of these family trips to share with you. The quality of these photos is not the greatest - they were scanned from prints - but many readers probably have photos like these (maybe even older!) and can relate to a time without cell phones, the Internet or cable television.
At this time of year, we are grateful for our families, and also organizations like FNPS, which works every day, through grassroots volunteer members, to preserve, conserve and restore the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. As I said in my letter, my childhood experiences led me to being part of FNPS, because I believed in the mission before I even knew there was an FNPS.
You know FNPS, our mission and the many great things we do, described on this blog. I hope you share my gratitude and will consider donating now to the Florida Native Plant Society's Annual Fund Drive. We appreciate any contribution of any size, and donations are fully tax deductible.
|Sister Helen, Brother Marc, and a partial of my mother "Jo". The inside of the camper was a nice respite from rainy days, many good times were had, and many board and card games were played (and much teasing). Photo by Ralph Woodmansee, circa 1976.|
|My mother, who seemed to have a fashion all of her own.|
Photo by Ralph Woodmansee, circa 1976
|Me on my 10th Birthday at America Outdoors Campground. Yes, that is a Mr. Bill shirt.|
Photo by??, 1981.
|Squirrel in the subtropical trees of Key Largo. An early attempt to connect with nature with limited technology. Photo by Steve Woodmansee, 1981.|
Steve Woodmansee, President
Florida Native Plant Society
Click to donate: https://www.fnps.org/secure/annualdonation.php
Click to read Steve's original letter: http://www.fnps.org/committees/fnps/pdfs/fnpsannfundletterfinalpress.pdf