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Madira Bickel Archeological Site November 30, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature, People.

After admiring the Love Ladder at the Arts & Crafts Show, we continued exploring Terra Ceia Island with a stop at the Madira Bickel Archeological Site.

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Indigenous occupation of the site dates back 2,000 years.

The picnic table is of more recent vintage.

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The site is not named for the Native Americans who lived there.

It’s named for Madira Bickel who purchased the land and donated it to the state in 1948.

Money talks.

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Signs do provide some history about Native American Life for visitors.

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The park added shell stairways for easy access to the top of the mound.

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Crowning the mound, trees stand tall, decked in garlands of Spanish Moss.

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The moss, an epiphyte or “air plant,” absorbs water and nutrients (especially calcium) from ambient air and rainfall.

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Since we are not able to absorb nutrients from air, we decided our next stop should be LUNCH.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. valleygrail - November 30, 2014

That’s an interesting place. What kind of trees?

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Around the picnic table, it’s mostly palms. Back near the mound, there may be a variety . . . but some are Live Oak / Evergreen Oak.

2. Crowing Crone - November 30, 2014

Love those trees. I wonder how old some of them are and what life stories the have witnessed

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Assuming they are Live Oak, here’s what I found:

The largest trees of the native range, especially along the Atlantic coast, are seldom over 250 years old with a maximum expected lifespan of 500 years.

Many old large trees have myths developed around them regarding their age and historic value. Many large live oaks are not as old as people believe. In addition, some large diameter live oaks may actually be composed of a number of sprouts from an old stump which have grown together. Due to the hardness of the wood and the decay columns in old live oaks, it is many times difficult to accurately determine actual tree age.

Click to access Live-Oak-Keynote-pub.pdf

Crowing Crone - November 30, 2014

I’ve always loved their name Live Oak. Thank you for this.

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

My pleasure, Joss.

3. suzicate - November 30, 2014

I love Spanish moss in trees. I admired it in photos only for years until I discovered it here in the marsh areas.

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Spanish Moss in trees reminds me of the OLD SOUTH . . . and makes me think of Mint Juleps on Wide Porches.

4. Silver in the Barn - November 30, 2014

Is there anything more southern than Spanish moss draped from trees? Were they live oaks, Nancy? I can’t tell.

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Live Oak = my best guess, Barbara. I checked the site and the trees aren’t identified, but we have lots of Live Oak around here.

I’m not good at identifying tree varietals ~ I don’t even know what kind of palm tree is growing in our courtyard. 😕

5. Pix Under the Oaks - November 30, 2014

Beautiful place and lunch sounds good.. as soon as I get breakfast out of the way!

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

After wandering the mound, we had lunch at the Sea Hut. Photos of it tomorrow. Enjoy your breakfast.

6. Val Boyko - November 30, 2014

A beautiful spot!

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Very calm, quiet, and peaceful.

7. katecrimmins - November 30, 2014


nrhatch - November 30, 2014

That day, we had Black Beans & Rice . . . to moderate the sugar influx from Honey Puppies (fried dough balls sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar served with a honey dipping sauce).

Today, we’re having Pierogies!

katecrimmins - November 30, 2014

Hmmmm….pierogies! Another of my favs!

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Yummy little things.

8. Jill Weatherholt - November 30, 2014

Thanks for taking us along, Nancy! What a great way to spend a beautiful day. I love the Spanish moss. Did Kate jus say pierogies? Love them! 🙂

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Pillowy pouches of potato goodness!

Jill Weatherholt - November 30, 2014

With lots of cheese, onion and bacon bit! YUM! 🙂

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Today’s pierogies said . . . cheese!

9. Patricia - November 30, 2014

Looks like a peaceful spot to wander. .and with lunch to follow…perfect!

nrhatch - November 30, 2014

Lunch elevated a good day to a delicious day. But more on that tomorrow.

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11. ericjbaker - December 1, 2014

Those trees would make a cool backdrop for a movie scene. Something slightly fantastical about them.

nrhatch - December 1, 2014

Definitely worthy of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Or zombies. Or both. 😯

ericjbaker - December 1, 2014

You sold me!

nrhatch - December 1, 2014

LOOK OUT . . . they’re right behind you!

12. jannatwrites - December 2, 2014

That looks like a peaceful place. I try not to think of what might be lurking within the trees and moss (I bet it’s a little creepy at night!)

nrhatch - December 2, 2014

There’s your next creepy story setting, Janna. You can incorporate the ghosts of Native Americans whispering through the moss and echoing around the shell mound.

13. Three Well Beings - December 5, 2014

The stairway is really interesting! And it makes the park so much more interesting, too, giving some access to the top of the mound. It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

nrhatch - December 5, 2014

It’s a quiet place to get out and stretch or picnic. The stairway is made of crushed shell . . . apropos for a shell mound.

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