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"The road down Indian River winds always southward toward the sun"
 
FLORIDA TRAILS
AS SEEN FROM JACKSONVILLE TO KEY WEST
AND FROM NOVEMBER TO APRIL INCLUSIVE
 
BY
 
WINTHROP PACKARD
Author of " Wild Pastures," “Wood Wanderings," etc.
 
 
ILLUSTRATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY
THE AUTHOR AND OTHERS
 

 
BOSTON
SMALL, MAYNARD AND COMPANY
PUBLISHERS
THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.
Copyright, 1910
  
Entered at Stationers' Hall

 

 

 

TO MY MOTHER

 The author wishes to express his thanks to the editors of the "Boston Evening Transcript" for permission to reprint in that paper; to Mr. H. E. Hill of Fort Pierce, Florida, and to Mr. J. D. Rabner of St. Augustine, Florida, for permission to use certain photographs which so ably supplement his own; and to very many Florida people, through whose unfailing hospitality and friendly guidance he was able to see and know many things which otherwise he would have been unable to find or understand. This spirit of courtly hospitality and neighborly good will seems to be as unfailing as the Florida sun­shine, and is characteristic alike of the native and the adopted citizen. It adds one more delight to the many to the many to be found in this beautiful region.

 

 

CONTENTS

 

I. GOING SOUTH WITH THE WARBLERS

II. CERTAIN SOUTHERN BUTTERFLIES

III. ALONG THE RIVER MARGIN

IV. BIRDS OF A MORNING

V. 'TWIXT ORANGE GROVE AND SWAMP     

VI. JASMINE AND CHEROKEE ROSES                

VII. A FROSTY MORNING IN FLORIDA

VIII. CHRISTMAS AT ST. AUGUSTINE

IX. IN A FLORIDA FREEZE

X. DOWN THE INDIAN RIVER

XI. SPRING IN THE SAVANNAS

XII. SEVEN THOUSAND PELICANS

XIII. JUST FISHING

XIV. PALMETTOS THE ST. LUCIE

XV. INTRUDING ON WARD'S HERONS

XVI ONE ROAD TO PALM BEACH

XVII MOONLIGHT AND MARCH MORNINGS

XVIII. IN GRAPEFRUIT GROVES

XIX. BUTTERFLIES OF THE INDIAN RIVER

XX. ALLIGATORS AND WILD TURKEYS

XXI. EASTER TIME AT PALM BEACH

XXII. INTO THE MIRACULOUS SEA

XXIII. DOWN THE ST. JOHNS

XXIV. HOLLY BLOSSOM TIME

XXV. IN A TURPENTINE CAMP

 


 

ILLUSTRATIONS

 

"The road down Indian River winds always southward toward the sun."

"They line the paths on either side with the gray columns of their trunks"

draperies of moss pendant from each branch and twig"

"To march along this water is to promenade a river side and a sea beach in one”

"Lesser scaup ducks are very tame in Florida waters all winter"

In the grateful shadow of an orange tree facing sunward in the grove."

"Under the long robes of gray moss at the foot of the ancient cypress trees"

"A wilderness where deer and bear still linger"

"Razor-backs do not think it good to live alone"

Court of "The Alcazar" at St. Augustine.

Cathedral Place, St. Augustine

"The fort that waits in crumbling beauty the obliterating hand of the coming centuries.

"The first frosts turned the upper leaves of the banana trees a light brown.

The banana tree in bloom

"The southeast trade-winds here pass a long line of the islands which bar off the Indian River

from the ocean"

"This is a country of pineapple plantations."

"Spring and autumn kissed yesterday in the savannas east of Lake Okeechobee"

"All must know when spring comes, whether in the Everglades or the New England pastures"

"The others began nest building and placed some fifteen hundred nests on the three acre island"

A little group of half-grown young pelicans on the edge of Pelican Island

"Up with the full tide come sometimes the tarpon, rolling silvery bodies in the dark water"

"A manatee, rare indeed nowadays"

"Sabal palmettos whose cabbage heads tower often as high as the pines"

"As quick night glooms the river the passing sun, caresses the palmettos last"

"A superb dignity of pose, statues of frozen alertness"

A little blue heron and her nest, the commonest Florida heron."

A Seminole village deep in the flat woods of Southern Florida

The gray of dawn on the Indian River

"The tree is lavish to its friends and will produce fruit almost beyond belief

"Thirty miles across the barrens these have come, from groves out at Fort Drum"

"A rubber tree twined its roots about a palmetto till it crushed the trunk to a debris of rotten wood"

"The river is screened from your view by dense growth of palmettos"

"My first glimpse came at one of these places"

“The heat and steam of the sub-tropical swamp hatches the eggs without further trouble”

“There, too, is the mingling of a score of wee; wild scents from the jungle”

The “traveler’s tree" in a Palm Beach garden

"It is the cocoanut palms that put the touch of picturesque adventure on the place”

Into the miraculous sea

“By and by the road leaves the embankment and winds tot­teringly out on piling"

“As one holds his breath in suspense the road comes to a stop at the western tip of Knights Key”

Gathering turtle’s eggs on a Florida beach