Have you ever looked at driftwood along the shore and wondered its origin?
How long has it been there and how long will it stay? What use has the wood provided in time’s past, And where it stands, how long before decay?
Driftwood is wood washed ashore, along a beach, a sea, lake or river, By the action of winds, tides or waves.
Most driftwood is remains of trees – washed into the ocean, by flood, high winds, It could exist from logging, or other natural events.
Maybe the tree that once was, and is no more, Has no use today, so we think. But isn’t it still a tree, although different from what we believe? Maybe it was in an important mission, or a boat that would sink.
Driftwood has a new purpose, to provide a home for birds. And maybe during its journey – a place for fish or other life, some now extinct.
But we see the special beauty in the passing of time, And take photos to remind us how it stands there alone; For us to behold the splendor, Of life as it carries on.
We may think our life’s use won’t last, And we wonder if we drifted ashore. But we must look beyond our past, And know there is more.
(Additional note from Wikipedia: “There is also a subset of driftwood known as drift lumber. Drift lumber includes the remains of man-made wooden objects, such as buildings and their contents washed into the sea during storms, wooden objects discarded into the water from shore, dropped dunnage or lost cargo from ships (jetsam), and the remains of shipwrecked wooden ships and boats (flotsam). Erosion and wave action may make it difficult or impossible to determine the origin of a particular piece of driftwood.” (Wikipedia)
I didn’t get a chance to visit the White Sands National Park but maybe I’ll get back there in the next couple of years. It seems interesting. National Park Service at White Sands states:
Each generation of visitors to the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument have left their mark. Today monument visitors can experience some of the most iconic historic places associated with the basin’s rich history.
These places include the monument’s historic district, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the historic Lucero Ranch on the western shoreline of Lake Lucero.
Visitors interested in learning more about the Tularosa Basin’s military history can also visit the White Sands Missile Range Museum and Trinity Site, the place where the first atomic bomb was tested in 1945. https://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm
There is beauty in everything we do and see – if we only keep watch and appreciate it. Isn’t beauty in the eyes of the beholder?
The restless cowboys and presumed outlaws have decided there would be a showdown. They began forming at O.K. Corral and had their guns prepared.
According to a timeline by John D. Gilchriese, writer and collector, these are the major events of the gunfight:
The Street Fight – October 26, 1881
The gunfight lasted about 30 seconds.
According to Gilchriese, Wyatt Earp, when asked about the “Gunfight at O.K. Corral,” stated: “It was a street fight between my brothers, Doc, and myself and those who believed they could shoot down the Earps.” Wyatt apparently had a chuckle about the allusion of the “gunfight” at O.K. Corral, that was probably created by fictional writers to make it more exciting.
Wyatt also drew the locations of the shooters as he recounted the scenario.
The exact location of the fight? Freemont Street, south side and east of 3rd Street
Who fired first? Frank McLaury and Wyatt Earp
Who died? Frank and Tom McLaury, Billy Clanton
Who was wounded? Virgil and Morgan Earp
Where did each man stand? (as drawn by Don Perceval)
Did the fight start in the street? No, for six seconds the antagonists were in the vacant lot before they backed into Freemont Street
Where is Sheriff John Behan? Behind Fly’s Boarding House
Where is Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne? Hiding in Fly’s Boarding House
How would the Earps escape this eventual tragedy? They wanted to prosper in the thriving town of Tombstone, mainly due to the silver ore that was being mined and the businesses developing in the west.
I have to wonder where the town’s people stood on the issues. Did they not care enough to get involved to help those who were there to protect them?
There is an old saying (paraphrased) that for evil to prevail is for good men (and women) to do nothing.
What about the families of the Clantons, Claibornes and McLaurys? While there is evidence they too wanted to be business affiliates, but also were entangled with the criminal element, I wonder how their side of the story goes?
What comes to mind when you hear Daytona Beach? Is it racing, hotels or condos, or beaches?
If you are a regular guest at Daytona Beach, Fla. then you probably come for a specific purpose. I make trips there occasionally and it seems the main reason is the beach. The beautiful white sandy beach is a natural attraction and you can still drive your vehicle on it – compared to many other beaches in Florida.
Daytona Beach is “one of the few places in the world where a family car can be driven on an ocean beach.” (Wikitravel)
And yes, there is racing too. I’ll talk about racing in another blog later.
Did you know? Daytona was founded in 1870 by Matthias Day, from whom it takes its name. It was incorporated as a city in 1876. The separate towns of Daytona, Daytona Beach and Seabreeze merged to form Daytona Beach in 1926. In the 1920s, the city became known as The World’s Most Famous Beach. https://wikitravel.org/en/Daytona_Beach
The amusement park, shops and restaurants are popular attractions.
There are many vacation club rentals available along with hotels and resorts. One of the cost-effective resorts is a little farther south in Daytona Beach Shores at Perry’s Resort. They’ve been there for 75 years and are currently expanding and remodeling while providing excellent rates and service. https://www.perrysoceanedge.com/
First attempt at Cee’s Photo Challenge – Flower of the Day. Is this an Iris? I’m not very knowledgeable about the types of flowers so I’m half-guessing. This is the closest we have even though I don’t see a bud in it. Thanks! (Photo taken at Washington Oaks Garden State Park, ocean side)