Delaware, while it sure has many flaws, it has its treasures too. After all it is nicknamed “The Small Wonder”. Nestled within nuclear chem plants, an absurd amount of shopping centers, overpopulated highways, and a violent stricken city exists an array of ancient trees, lush -almost tropical landscapes, an assortment of preserved native plants and what’s left of the country. Rolling green hillsides, tulip polars and great white beech trees, the pungent fragrance of a fertile land, and the evening symphony of crickets and cicadas (or perhaps the roar of the Atlantic) all make up a small fraction of the small wonder. Delaware is small but diverse. Someone from Wilmington (DE) and someone from Milford (DE) are usually of different breeds and may even have conflicting perspectives of the state itself. There’s city, country, ocean, suburbs, marsh and farmland all packed into 2,044 square miles. And while most of it isn’t necessarily a popular or pleasing aesthetic I did my best to capture the beauty of the place that was home for nearly 18 years. While I originally intended to do a Home Series on a planned visit in September, life took the reigns shifting our plans, leading me home earlier and unexpectedly due to the loss of a loved one. Hence, the reason I’ve been MIA. Below is a collection of photographs taken within preserved estates donated by DuPont family members.
Mt. Cuba Center
Did you know?
- The state of Delaware is smaller than the county (Gunnison) in Colorado where I now reside
- Delaware is home to tax free shopping (aka consumerism central)
- People are most often familiar with Delaware because of the film, Wayne’s World. Delawhere?!
- Not only was Delaware the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution but also the first state to sell peaches commercially (aka first to colonize and commercialize)
- Delaware folx have an accent and their own slang. For instance water is pronounced wooter and crayons are crowns (get it right)
- A hello is hard to come by and often met with what? (like what’d you say to me?)
The original people of Delaware are the Lenni Lenape and Nanticoke tribes. Why is this important? Because Christopher Columbus did not discover this country nor are Abe Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson the founding fathers. That kind of misinformation erases real history (aka the truth) and diminishes the people who were already established here. Natives are not extinct and neither should their history be. It is the responsibility of each one of us to know whose land we’re on and to familiarize ourselves with the history of the landscapes we find ourselves within. Native tribes were forcibly removed from their own land, corralled onto reservations, not recognized as U.S. citizens until 1924 and up until 1978 unable to practice their religious beliefs until given the right through the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Not only was their land stolen from them but also their fluent language, their ceremonies, families and more. It is unjust to continue believing and spreading false narratives which only perpetuate further ignorance, violence, and erasure. Who were the first people where you live or adventure?
|Kiona at How Not To Travel Like A Basic Bitch, her authors on the series Traveling While Native, And Cali Wolf with Native Women Wilderness have me thinking a lot about this. Click their names to link to their media sites.|
The grounds at Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Below are follies found scattered within Winterthurs gardens;
“In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings served no other purpose. 18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured Roman temples, which symbolized classical virtues or ideals. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, or ruined abbeys, to represent different continents or historical eras.”
So what do you think of lil ole’ Delaware? Have you (at least) heard of it or perhaps visited the first state by some chance? What’s a common response you receive when you tell someone where your from?
As always, thank you all for joining me here! And until next time…
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