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The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

I am proud to say that although only a small percentage, my bloodline includes the Cherokee tribe. Through the United States Censuses, I’ve been able to track my ancestors back to Illinois, Missouri, and Georgia, before being forced to Oklahoma. Recently, my 11-year old son completed a history project and paper about Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act and how the Cherokee nation was forced to relinquish its lands east of the Mississippi River and migrate to present-day Oklahoma. This resulted in the “Trail of Tears,” because of its devastating and deathly results. Over 4,000 of the 15,000 Cherokee people marched from their homes died from hunger, disease, and exhaustion on the forced march, basically with nothing on their backs.

This background all leads to the legend of the Cherokee Rose, which I now have growing along the fence in my back yard. See below for the story of the Cherokee Rose.

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

In 1838, when the Cherokee began their march on the Trail of Tears, the mothers of the Cherokee were grieving and crying so much, that they were unable to help their children survive the devastating journey. The elders prayed for a sign that would lift the mother’s spirits to give them strength. The next day a beautiful rose began to grow where each of the mother’s tears fell. The rose’s petals are white, symbolic for their tears, a gold stamen center represents the gold taken from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem represent the seven Cherokee clans. The wild Cherokee Rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma today.

What Is It?!? Week 16/52

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln

Just in time, your 16th weekly “what is it?!?” mystery picture now awaits your guessing pleasure. Do you know? Can you tell?

What Is It?!?

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What Was That?!? (Last Week’s Picture) – Week 15/52

Kay started the guessing game with, “Is it water? Like from a sprinkler?” Not water. Shahn mused, “I was thinking water as well. The side of a rock?” Not the side of a rock. Sébastien said, “Believe I took this shot myself…Looks like rock texture to me…” Alas, not a rock. Sarah asked, “The edge of textured materiel, like a coat sleeve cuff perhaps?” Not material.

So what was it?!?

If you live in the South, you’re well acquainted with this pesky yellow stuff. Yep, it’s pollen. In this case, a mound of pollen on my green Saturn Vue. It’s everywhere!

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Macro Monday | 4-21-14

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To see other Macro Monday entries, click here.

The Beauty in Life

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You don’t have to look far to see the beauty in life. The beauty is in everything – you just have to look!

One Image, Three Perspectives | 4-19-14

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When you alter the color, an image takes on a new look. The black and white photo seems to emphasize the artistic panel, but I love the pop of blue in the colored image. I like the cream tone image, too, because it blends everything. What’s your favorite? (I can’t decide!)

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

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During one of our visits to the Tallahassee Museum, I found this most peculiar bush, because its leaves had berries – or seed pods – attached on top. How often do you get to see something like that?

To see other interpretations of On Top, or to enter your own photo, check out the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

Abstract Architecture Art

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 Funk Facade

(Two images)  There’s art contained in every nook, carving, curve, and shape in this building’s ultimate funk facade, including the popping pink paint, and the sleek silver semi-iridescent tiles. This is one of San Antonio’s (Texas) many beautiful buildings.

If You Look …

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… you will find.

In this case, dainty little “wildflowers,” hidden treasures within the grass.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Round

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This week’s word, as picked by Sue, is “round.” After sorting through my photographs, I located this image of the Tybee Island’s lighthouse’s light, which is indeed quite round.

To see other interpretations of round, check out Sue’s “A Word in Your Ear” blog here.

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