Monday, April 25, 2011

“Way down upon the Swanee Ribber”

I didn’t know HOW hard that would be to spell

WRONG! heehee!

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But that’s where we were according to the song,

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which is the state song of Florida!

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(I was surprised to read the words to the song

and will have to admit it will not be a favorite of mine!)

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But we DID go to Manatee Springs at the Suwannee River!

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We aren’t having Mosaic Monday this week

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but I still made a mosaic!

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The fish were amazing to see....

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Have you ever seen the Suwannee River or a Manatee?

We didn’t spot one here but my husband and I saw one

on the Gulf Coast in the wild earlier this Spring!

It was EXCITING!

Hope you enjoy your Monday!  island

33 comments:

KarenSue said...

Yes, but it's been a long time. I love old Florida and the back roads.
Thanks for the memories~KarenSue

Ruth Welter said...

Hi LD, beautiful pictures. I hope your easter was a lovely one.

Ruth

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! Happy Easter! I'm sure you had a great time in the Swanee Ribber (hahaha!)I love the lush greenery, the water and of course the alive fishes! They are pieces of heaven's nature on earth. The place is my ideal vacation place.

Kim K. said...

What lovely photos. I can't wait to get the girls near water again and fishing poles ready for a little action. Happy Monday!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Lovely post. Foster also wrote "My Old Kentucky Home" after visiting cousins in Bardstown. That's where my dad lived before he died.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I visited the Swanee Ribber as a kid on a family vacation...so that's been a loooong time ago. Love your beautiful pictures!!!

Vee said...

I hadn't realized all the use of dialect before until seeing that music. Hmmm... Kinda fun and I had no idea that the Swanee Ribber was the Suwannee River. I'm learning a lot today. (This was always great fun to sing in music class. I loved it!)

Shellbelle said...

What a CUTE mosaic, I'm glad you made it and shared, I just love seeing the great outdoors here in Florida.

Now, I do have some good news for you! It never should have taken SO long, but in 2008, the Florida Legislature designated a revised version of the lyrics be the official version.

Linda Gilbert said...

We once saw a manatee in Naples in Florida -- an overiding happy memory of a perfect holiday.
Kindest Regards Linda

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love manatee's! My children adopted one back in the day and we got photos. I always wanted to go visit and see on in person. hugs, Linda

Cindy said...

So fun! As a child we went often to Heart Springs...do you know where that is? Love the song, brings back many GREAT memories!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

I never noticed the words before :) funny. Gorgeous shots, so pretty where you are!

Betsy said...

Too funny! Your photos make me want to jump right in. Haven't seen the Suwannee River or a manatee...I've been missing a lot:)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

The pictures are great but I especially like the one of the water and fish!!I also wanted you to know that I have hit a milestone on my blog and am having a giveaway of our all natural organic products. Hope you will enter.

cynthialeedesigns said...

Love your photos!! I have seen a Manatee, but it was at the aquarium.
Have a great week.
~Cindy~

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You may have spelled it wrong but you could not have taken pictures more right, or beautiful! Wow! Amazing! I'd love to be sailing down that river!

Jennifer said...

Your pics are awesome Diane! It would have been great to have seen a manatee and gotten a picture. you had such a beautiful day with all that sun, it's been raining here all except for saturday and part of sunday, been cooler too. Have a beautiful week! hugs, Jennifer

Donnie said...

You know we love trips like that. Gorgeous photos.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yes, I have seen both!! Your pictures are wonderful.
Hugs,
Penny

ANNE said...

How beautiful! I love your pictures.

Q said...

I have seen a manatee in Florida too!
They are very wonderful.
Happy Easter.
Sherry

M.Kate said...

These pictures are amazing Diane, and no, I have not seen either..the river or manatee. It's interesting to note how clear is the water :) Happy week ahead Diane and missing you a lot. I may try to stay off blog land but blog land is always haunting me haha!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

lovely photos again and interesting facts, answering your question, no to either the river or fish.

GardenofDaisies said...

It looks like a beautiful place! I've heard the manatees are so gentle.

Toyin O. said...

These are great pictures, thanks for sharing:)

laurie said...

your photos are beautiful, you're very talented,,the water shots are amazing,,

no spring chicken said...

I just love your mosaic! What beautiful pictures...

Blessings, Debbie

Cindy Adkins said...

When we drove past the Suwannee River 2 years ago, I said, "Wow, that's from the song!" I started singing it and got so excited!

And the same year, we drove past the Chatahoochee (Alan Jackson's song) and also the one from that song from the 60s about how Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge....What a river year, huh? lol
XO
Cindy

Cindy said...

I really envy you living in Florida. I just love the flora and fauna! Lucky you to see a manatee. We did see the huge crocodile on Sanibel Island about 17 years ago. They told us last year that it is still around, but kind of shy.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I have seen neither, but I hope to one day! I remember so many of these old songs from their use in movies. I was singing "I've been Working On the Railroad" to my grandson last week...lol!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

We have seen Manatee's, so cool Diane! What beautiful shots. I never knew that was the State song.

A Cottage Muse said...

Stunning photos!
Almost like I could reach out and touch the fish!!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

How fun! I have seen a Manatee a lot of them all together, it was amazing.
Its so nice that you get out and explore whats around you.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth