Florida: Fantastic Waterlilies

Lavender Waterlily with “Sunflower” Center

Lovely White Lotus

Yellow Waterlily

Purple Waterlily with Red Center

Red Hibiscus

Vintage Movie: Woman Feeding Deer

Vintage Movie: Chimps Eating at Table

Summer is peak waterlily time at McKee Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida.  Lots of waterlilies are in bloom, along with many other beautiful flowers. There is always something new to see!  The park first opened as McKee Jungle Gardens in 1932 as one of Florida’s earliest roadside attractions.  At that time the park was much bigger and monkeys roamed the garden.  A vintage eight minute movie from 1939 named “A Man-Made Jungle” is always on display and fun to watch.  You can see it yourself at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zY7SZT1B-c    More info about McKee Gardens is at: http://www.mckeegarden.org/

Wild Water Patterns

Water Patterns

Water Patterns

If you ever take a close look at river water, you might be surprised by the wild patterns created by sun and wind.  This picture was taken at the St. Sebastian Buffer Preserve Manatee Overlook, Florida.  It is truly nature’s art!

Bok Tower Gardens in December

Christmas Garden by Historic Home

Christmas Garden by Historic Home

Red and White Poinsettias Around Fountain

Red and White Poinsettias Around Fountain

White Holiday Table

White Holiday Table

1940s Toys under Tree

1940s Toys under Tree

Teddy Bear Christmas Tree

Teddy Bear Christmas Tree

Orange Baby Painting in Historic Home

Orange Baby Painting in Historic Home

Red and Yellow Striped Chrysanthemums

Red and Yellow Striped Chrysanthemums

Green Ferns and Moss on Tree

Green Ferns and Moss on Tree

Dark Red Camellia

Dark Red Camellia

Pink Azaleas in Bloom

Pink Azaleas in Bloom

Colorful Caladium Leaf

Colorful Caladium Leaf

Blooming Display Table

Blooming Display Table

Top of Bok Tower

Top of Bok Tower

Pink Marble Water Jar Carving

Pink Marble Water Jar Carving

Gold Door of Bok Tower Reflected in Pond

Gold Door of Bok Tower Reflected in Pond

Bok Entrance Quote

Bok Entrance Quote

 

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

BEST Wildlife Cam Surprise Ever!!!

BOBCAT SURPRISE!!!

BOBCAT SURPRISE!!!

Merry Christmas Raccoons

Merry Christmas Raccoons

Raccoons Climbing on Santa

Raccoons Climbing on Santa

Raccoon and Santa

Raccoon and Santa

Opossum and Santa

Opossum and Santa

Bunnies and Santa

Bunnies and Santa

Cardinal and Painted Bunting by Santa

Cardinal and Painted Bunting by Santa

Mourning Dove Flash

Mourning Dove Flash

Cardinal Flying

Cardinal Flying

Wild Turkeys and Mottled Ducks

Wild Turkeys and Mottled Ducks

Sandhill Crane and Raccoon

Sandhill Crane and Raccoon

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!

Florida ICE Sculptures: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Snoopy on Doghouse

Snoopy on Doghouse

Snoopy and Christmas Decoration Contest

Snoopy and Christmas Decoration Contest

Snoopy and Lucy Ice Skating

Snoopy and Lucy Ice Skating

Lucy and Charlie Brown

Lucy and Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown, Linus, and Little Tree

Charlie Brown, Linus, and Little Tree

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Around Decorated Tree

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Around Decorated Tree

Life Size Nativity in Crystalline Ice

Life Size Nativity in Crystalline Ice

Nativity with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus

Nativity with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus

Close-up of Baby Jesus

Close-up of Baby Jesus

Camel

Camel

12-Foot Tall Angel

12-Foot Tall Angel

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!

Merritt Island Holiday Boat Parade

Boat Parade 1

Boat Parade 1

Boat Parade 2

Boat Parade 2

Boat Parade 3

Boat Parade 3

Boat Parade 4

Boat Parade 4

Boat Parade 5

Boat Parade 5

Boat Parade 6

Boat Parade 6

Boat Parade 7

Boat Parade 7

Boat Parade 8

Boat Parade 8

Boat Parade 9

Boat Parade 9

Boat Parade 10

Boat Parade 10

Boat Parade 11

Boat Parade 11

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/

Beauty in a Bubble

Bubble Rainbow

Bubble Rainbow

Bubble Group

Bubble Group

Bubble "The Fly"

Bubble “The Fly”

Bubble Streamers

Bubble Streamers

Have you ever stopped to notice how beautiful the colors are in a soap bubble?  They truly are spectacular!  

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