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Lara, this is so insightful. Mother nature holds so much wisdom and history sometimes unseen by the naked eye. Your beautiful photographs are a spectacular complement to your amazing piece.

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Thank you, Nadia! The pictures were just so magical, I thought, showing how much ancient life there is in the area of Florida. There are so many stories that exist that will never be told. Thanks for reading and commenting and great to see you back on Substack!

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It is sad when history is buried so deep, but it is great when we get to uncover more. Again, wonderful essay and photographs. I'm happy to be back and seeing you here too :).

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So much fun, so dang interesting. I wondered about how relatively cool and pleasant it was on the top of that one tall mound. Did they do that to escape the heat and bugs? We once went to a Ute reservation and they built a huge complex underground to avoid the heat. Thanks Lara. The way you set up that stair photo made me think of Aztec structures with gigantic stairs.

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I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Took forever to write, it felt like. The Temple mound was speculated to be used for ceremonial purposes and perhaps to keep "look out." Not sure. That's the thing: there is no record kept of what went on at that site. So just theories. It's a fascinating place.

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Lara, I found another writer you might enjoy. Wes

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Any recommendation by you, is an immediate subscription πŸ’™πŸ’™

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I will be interested to hear what you think. I like her style, similar to yours, and like you, she's a real observer.

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The bugs. The bugs!!!!!

Try coating all exposed skin surfaces with organic coconut oil. Will repel mosquitos and more. Bugs are attracted to the fatty acids in our skin. A non human oil makes you less of a target. 😊

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We were definitely targets!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Aug 16, 2023Liked by Lara Chapman

Great article !!!! Makes me want to learn more about the people and happenings of this place. Your writing inspires the desire to "turn the next page".

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Thank you! This one took a while to write but it is such a neat place. Definitely worth a longer visit. πŸ’šπŸ’š

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Aug 16, 2023Liked by Lara Chapman

Very interesting article and masterfully written Lara. Perfect!

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Thank you Tony! Glad you enjoyed learning more about mystery mounds πŸ’šπŸ’š

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Fascinating piece, wonderful pictures. Thanks for this!

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I’m so glad you liked this, John. Thank you for reading! πŸ’šπŸ’š

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Lara, i will be reading this again and again. You set a new standard for great writing and truth telling on Substack. Epic work. My thanks.🌱

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That is absolutely making my day. I so appreciate the words and sincerity. Took a while to find the direction for this story and I’m so happy it is resonating. πŸ’š

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The resonance is powerful.

And I’m relieved to hear you talk about your investment of time. I feel my writing takes a while in such an unexpected way...but kinship is new territory for me.🌱

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Well, I’m looking forward to reading your work, thanks for subscribing, and I’m very happy to subscribe back.

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Superb writing as always πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

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Thank you. It took me a while to write this one, I just couldn’t get my focus, but I’m happy with the finished product. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Well written and very informative. P.S. I hate bugs.

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