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Friday Finds March 26, 2010

Quilting Natural Florida– Check out this blog post about an upcoming Quilt exhibit featuring Natural Florida. The exhibit runs until April 25, 2010. Links provided in blog post for further information.

Florida Highwaymen– Another article about our native artists. Article has a photo of still living Florida Highwaymen and one Highwaywoman.

Where’s the Beef– Cattle Ranching wasn’t just for the wild west. Read this article to learn more about Florida’s Cattle industry.

The History of FAU– Read about the history of Florida Atlantic University. From the time it was an air force base to the college it is today. It is located on the southeast coast of Florida in the city of Boca Raton.

Fort Foster– Read about Fort Foster where the Second Seminole War began.

Florida’s Forgotten Rebels– Read another writer’s take on John Horse, Florida Maroon. Amy Sturgis shows how the Second Seminole War was not only about the independence of the Seminole Indians but also the largest slave revolt in American History.

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Friday Finds February 19, 2010

Florida Highwaymen Art– Want to learn more about the Highwaymen and their art. Would you like to buy an original painting. This is the site for you.

Florida Nature Photography– Florida’s nature is beautiful and unique. If you love photographs portraying nature check out this site. They have photographs of landscapes, insects, bugs, birds, mammals, and plants.

The South Florida Watershed Journal– A blog that is your passport into the water cycle ~~~ Paddle around the Big Cypress Swamp, Everglades, Lake Okeechobee (and more) ~~~ Through the eyes of a hydrologist. A different look at Florida nature.

Continuing with the nature theme

Law Suit Filed Over Florida Panther Habitat– Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in Federal District Court in Fort Myers, Florida against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to protect the Florida panther.

Mother Nature Kills Florida Fish– A blog post from Suwannee Refugee showing a map of reported fish kills for January 2010

To end on a positive note

Piney Flatwoods Girl– A blog about the celebration of the north Florida piney flat woods. Beautiful photos of Florida wildlife.

 

Friday Finds February 12, 2010

1. Florida Cracker/Pineywoods– A short article about Florida cattle.

2. Cracker Farmhouses, 1840-1920– Read a short history of house architecture before there was air conditioning. This site contains links if you want to read further about Cracker Farmhouse architecture.

3. Curs and Catahoula Leopards, the Cow-Hog Dogs– Read about the dogs that helped Florida cattlemen round up feral cattle.

4. Florida Highwaymen: Local Art makes Art History– Denied access to public galleries and museums in the 1950s and 1960s these self-taught African-American artists known as the Highwaymen sold their art to travelers on the state highways. Their art is now considered a Florida treasure.

5. Seminole Tribe of Florida – History– Read about the history of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The only Native Americans who never surrendered to the United States government. This page is part of a larger website built by the Seminole tribe of Florida.

6. Florida Everglades– Learn more about this unique ecology only found in Florida. Learn about the history, ecology and geography.