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This is a spot where everybody can share links to sites for places in the world we all feel especially tied to. And not just links. Photographs too if available. Maybe they are places that have spoken to each of us in the deep way. Maybe they are places in danger. Maybe they are places that speak for something in each of us we cannot otherwise express.

I'll start off with this, a link describing the Atchafalaya Basin, which is about twenty miles west of where I live. It is the world's largest remaining fresh water, riverine swamp system. It is the future course of the Mississippi River. Atchafalaya is a Choctaw word meaning long river. It is not a long river, being a little over a hundred miles. But I've heard it described as the world's shortest, deepest, and the most fast moving river. Its ecotone is nothing but exquisite.

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The Mima mounds formation in Washington state is remarkable and still unexplained. Ionce lived about ten miles to the north of the prairie where the formation is found. I used the mounds in a novel once. I imagined they were created by pre-historic peoples as a burial site. The novel's archeologist discovers a figurine of the Great Goddess type in one of the mounds.

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This is the best link I can find to the Mississippi Delta. I first visited the area in '02. I was struck by the land. I understood how the riverine system of the Mississippi and the Yazoo had created the delta which, in turn, influenced how the delta became the birthplace of the Blues. Rivers. Cypress swamps. Bottomland hardwood forests. In the Delta you lose your sense of direction because the rivers are serpentine. You can cross the same river a half-dozen times just keeping to a north/south vector. I must have crossed the famous Tallahatchie river at least as many times. I think of the Mississippi delta as a sacred ground. Pain, suffering, redemption, even transformation.

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Is she not beautiful? I think of something the poet, John Crowe Ransom, said:

"But nature when we look hard refuses to be specific and single; it is everywhere itself, a dense 'manifold of the sense,' a tissue of events whose effects are massive and intricate, beyond the grasp of the understanding."

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The island of Malta whose reverences were older than Abraham.

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This excites the hell out of me. Ever since I first saw an illustration of the so-called Earth Mother of Laussel which was carved in the rock wall right at the entrance to the cave (25,000 [sign in to see URL].) I've wondered who actually was down in those caves painting away. It seems some scientists are thinking women were down there too, maybe even making the art.

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Three Florida spots I knew well as a child, played and walked in a way I can still remember. Half-dreaming, half-awake.

Ponce Inlet is about seven miles from my childhood home. The family would go there often to swim in the ocean and picnic. Fast forward to '84 and this is where, at her request, my brothers, sisters, and I strew our mother's ashes on a cold October day at sunset.

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Tomoka Swamp was further north up the Peninsula. It is a salt water marsh. Here too we would spend Sundays with picnic lunch. I absorbed the environment so thoroughly I would have dreams about it. #11 especially captures how I remember the park.

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Bulow Sugar mill Plantation goes back to the early 19th C. Bulow was a Frenchman who settled there. Even though he was a friend to the Indians, the plantation was burned down during the Seminole Indian Wars.

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In some ways I was one lucky child, having such beauty all around me. Oh, I do miss old Florida. I hope everyone enjoys the snapshots and perhaps post links to places of your own.

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Clearly too late to avert certain disasters.

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