Friday, April 19, 2013

Boating on the Tomoka



We finish up Everglades Week with this picture of a party boating on the Tomoka River. The picture was taken about 1890. It looks like the group has come ashore at a makeshift landing. You miss so much when you do not stop and zoom in on the picture. Notice the man on the right is holding an alligator .

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  1. What are these people doing? I don't think they would be hunting alligators all dressed up like that right? Back in 1890 I don't think the men folk would bring ladies with them all dressed up in long dresses for a hunt. Maybe it's some sort of sight seeing excursion and they just happened upon an alligator and blasted it with that shot gun. That gator must be dead. I don't know anything about alligators but I've seen that show, "Swamp People" a couple of times on TV and I know enough to not grab a live one by the tail like that.

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  2. If you look at the two women rowing the boat, or go back as see the two ladies milking the cow, long dresses were the order of the day, the theory of "frail females" just doesn't hold water. Myrtle will tell you about wearing a suit and tie. At any rate, at least two of the men in the group are toting rifles, so the gator is dead. Whether they were hunting, or just saw it and shot it, then hopped out to collect it is up for grabs. Probably the latter - even back then, women most likely didn't carry a pocket book on a hunting trip.

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  3. I have enjoyed Everglades week...sadly only about 10% of the original Everglades exist today. It truely is a magical place. You can still see scenes like the ones from this weeks pictures...It really is like stepping back into the past...thanks PJM!

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  4. The Everglades is sadly a lot smaller and drier.

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