Set 1 Photographs of the Camellias and Azaleas on Our Acreage in Florida in 1980
I was the KPMG Professor of Accounting and Department Chair at Florida State University 1978-1982

Also featured in this set are pictures of Wakulla Springs and photographs submitted by Danny Sanchez

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 


April is dreary up here in the White Mountains. Normally, everything is still white with a snow cover, but this year the snow cover is mostly gone. We must wait until June for springtime color, so my thoughts turned back to when we were in Florida on an acreage on Ox Bottom Road north of Tallahassee about 17 miles from Georgia. This was a wonderful time to live in those parts before developments moved into the area. My neighbor across the road had 100,000 acres if pine forest. Ted Turner had a ranch not far away, but he never did invite me down to discuss politics.

A previous owner of our acreage had been FDR's press secretary. The man was passionate about camellias and azaleas --- the bushes that give the city the name "Technicolor Tallassee" in April. I will begin with some pictures of our pasture and horses. The picture below is of my Morgan gelding.

He had a beautiful mane and tail and was the most lovable horse I ever owned.
He was also sort of useless, probably because I did not have time to train him properly.

We had a beautiful pasture for our horses

My daughter, Lisl, learned how to ride jumpers at a training stable just down the road
This is Lisl on a mare named that I purchased from the U.S. Army

This is my son Marshall on his pony named Travis
Shortly thereafter Travis foundered and we had to bury him down in the pasture
In truth, unlike his dad, Marshall preferred go-carts to saddle horses


This is one of my former doctoral students, Ed Arrington, and his new baby
Ed moved for a time to both Scotland and France (where he studied Foucaultian Philosophy)

This is the cabana by the swimming pool that was still covered when this April picture was taken
This picture shows some of the azalea bushes in bloom

Here are some more photographs of our azaleas and camellias in April

This is Marshall on our tractor
He liked tractors better than horses

Camellias up close


Azaleas up close


When we lived in Tallahassee we frequently visited Wakulla Springs just outside the city.
The next time we visit Tallahassee we will probably stay in the lodge ---

Also see Wakulla Springs ---

Wakulla cave is a branching flow-dominated cave that has developed
in the Floridan Aquifer under the Woodville Karst Plain of north Florida.

Wakulla Springs is classified as a first magnitude spring and is the longest and deepest known submerged freshwater
cave system in the world. Wakulla Springs is a major exposure point for the Floridan Aquifer. The
spring forms the Wakulla River which flows 9 miles (14 km) to the southeast where it joins the St. Mark's River.
After a short 5 miles (8.0 km) the St. Mark's empties into the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachee Bay.

The principal artesian aquifer is the largest, oldest, and deepest aquifer
in the southeastern U.S. Ranging over 100,000 square miles (260,000 km),
it underlies all of Florida and The Floridan portion developed millions
 of years ago during the late Paleocene to early Miocene periods,
when Florida was underwater. Wakulla Springs in Wakulla County, Florida is
one of a number of major outflows of the Floridan with a flow rate of 200–300 million
 US gallons (757,082 - 1,135,623 cubic meters) of water a day. A record
peak flow from the spring on April 11, 1973 was measured at 14,324
US gallons (54,220 l; 11,927 imp gal) per second - equal to
1.2 billion gallons (4,542,494 cubic meters) per day.

When we took boat rides down the river our kids screamed
when seeing the many snakes and alligators.


Beginning in 1938, several of the early Tarzan films including Tarzan's New York Adventure
starring Johnny Weissmuller were filmed on location in Wakulla Springs.
Other films such as Creature from the Black Lagoon, Night Moves, Airport '77 and Joe Panther
starring Brian Keith and Ricardo Montalbán were also filmed on location at Wakulla Springs

Below the construction of the hull of an airliner at Wakulla Springs for the film Airport '77  is pictured



In the March 29 edition of Tidbits I featured Texas wild flowers.
Last week Danny Sanchez from Trinity University provided me with some
additional Texas wildflower pictures taken by his friend Charlie Naranjo



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