January 23, 2017 Leave a comment
We’ve had the most spectacular and glorious sunrises the past week here in Florida. What a way to start to day!
Nature Photography by Pam & Richard
December 31, 2016 2 Comments
We always try to visit Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, in December. The historic home is decorated beautifully for the holidays and the garden is always in bloom. This year’s theme was a 1940s Christmas.
Bok said: “Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.” It is our favorite garden in Florida! More info about Bok Tower at Christmas is at: https://boktowergardens.org/christmas/ All of our posts about Bok Tower Gardens are at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/?s=bok
December 27, 2016 11 Comments
We had the BEST surprise on our automatic wildlife camera EVER!!! A bobcat walked right in front of our Santa outside! Wow! I about fell off my chair when I was looking over the pictures from the night before. Some of our other recent pictures are here too, including Merry Christmas raccoons. Have a great holiday!
December 26, 2016 Leave a comment
The town of Christmas, Florida, is very popular this time of year! People travel from all around to have their mail postmarked at the community’s single post office. The town is located east of Orlando, and has a Christmas display set up year round. The sign beside the Christmas tree reads: “The permanent Christmas tree at Christmas, Florida is the symbol of love and good will – the Christmas spirit every day in the year.” Santa jokes that it is much warmer in Florida than in the town of North Pole, Alaska. A bulletin board inside the post office is decorated with letters to Santa from around the world. This happy town is a fun place to visit! And if you like hiking and bird watching, the Orlando Wetlands is located nearby (http://orlandowetlands.org/about.php).
December 22, 2016 4 Comments
Even though it is 80 degrees outside here in Florida, it is only 9 degrees inside the ICE sculpture exhibit at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. This year’s theme is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Although the theme changes every year, the finale to the exhibit is always a life-size beautiful crystalline nativity. A month before the exhibit opens around Thanksgiving, artisans are flown in from Harbin, China, to carve the ice. The ice comes in three colors: crystal clear, white, and colored with nine dyes. The process is fascinating – you can read more here: http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/gaylord-christmas/csyr9pd/the-making-of-ice.mi The last thing you see before exiting the exhibit is a stunning 12-foot-tall angel. If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit!
December 21, 2016 6 Comments
Saturday evening was the annual Merritt Island Holiday Boat Parade on Sykes Creek in Florida. It is one of our favorite events of the year. The colorful lights, reflections, and decorations of 87 boats were fun to see! (Click on pictures to enlarge for detail.) More info is at: http://cffw.org/events/holiday-parades-and-parties/