Thorns

New growth on the Locust Tree  thorns is softer than the older stiffer dry thorns. The leaves, when crushed smell similar orange leaves. These form dense thickets interlaced with much worse thorn  plants, with a ground cover of poison ivy, sometimes itself growing into small trees. Horrible poisoned cursed places. I don’t know the name of the plants not pictured, but I call them Mordor Trees. Many of the wild vines and plants that are indigenous to the swamps and woods have thorns and stickers or poisons, but, here and there are cursed places, seemingly horribly over protected. However, if you look closely, there are always small animal trails underneath and through. During the Cival War and the Indian Wars, these places were utilized by homesteaders and natives as temporary hide-outs. Sometimes with a pre-prepared cave-like clearing in the middle.  Fallen branches make hard soled foot-wear preferable.
Bear 04.11.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint

 

Detail of dry thorns. Honey Locust Wikipedia

51,000 Casualties in One Battle — Gettysburg

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg….

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07/01/2013 10:56 AM EDT

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address.”