There is a small town just south of Gainesville, FL called Micanopy (mick-ah-No-pee – which I have been mispronouncing Mi-can-o-pee) , was named for the Seminole Chief Micanopy (1780-1849). This sleepy little town has huge oak trees dripping with Spanish moss shading the old homes and streets. The streets are narrow and some are dirt, but the glorious azaleas blooms in front of a number of the homes providing the splash of color to liven it up.
Old records show that Hernando DeSoto found an early Timucua Indian village in in 1539 and Pennsylvania botanist William Bartram visited a Cuscowilla village here in 1774. The town was founded after Spain relinquished Florida to the territories in 1821, it is the oldest inland town in Florida, having been included in the land grant by the King of Spain in 1817. It started originally as an Indian trading post. There is a lot of history here regarding how the town was destroyed and rebuilt and its involvement in the Seminole Wars. It was also home to the descendants of black runaway slaves. and not wanting to do a history lesson, so I will stop there.
I drove through the cemetery which was filled with azaleas (huge plants) that unfortunately had lots of the blooms damaged by the freeze we had recently along with newer blooms that were nearing the end of their time as well. (Have to remember to trek up there in late Feb – or before a freeze is coming to see this all in bloom.)
I hope my capture leaves you with the impression of the grandness of the oaks and the splash of color from the azaleas in the midst of the old tombstones.