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!  

Long Beach: Art Deco Queen Mary

Queen Mary Beside Modern Day Cruise Ship (left)

Queen Mary Beside Modern Day Cruise Ship (left)

View on Top Deck of Ship

View on Top Deck of Ship

Queen Mary's Triple Stacks

Queen Mary’s Triple Stacks

Vintage Luggage Label

Vintage Luggage Label

Shipyard Room:  World's Longest LEGO Model Ship

Shipyard Room: World’s Longest LEGO Model Ship

Polished Brass Equipment of Helm

Polished Brass Equipment of Helm

Hydraulic Steering Wheel Turns 40-Ton Rudder

Hydraulic Steering Wheel Turns 40-Ton Rudder

Wireless Room (note antique microphone and inset rotary dial telephone)

Wireless Room (note antique microphone and inset rotary dial telephone)

Ship of Woods (56 species)

Ship of Woods (56 species)

Green Onyx Art Deco Style Clock

Green Onyx Art Deco Style Clock

Vintage Queen Mary Doll

Vintage Queen Mary Doll

Vintage Cunard Race Card (Neptune with his Trident Keeping Score)

Vintage Cunard Race Card (Neptune with his Trident Keeping Score)

Russian Attack Submarine Scorpion (berthed for tours beside ship)

Russian Attack Submarine Scorpion (berthed for tours beside ship)

The Queen Mary is an iconic ship that was built in 1934.   At the time she was the fastest and most luxurious ship in the world!  The beloved ocean liner sailed from 1936-1967 and is now permanently docked at Long Beach, California. Famous stars on her passenger list included Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and Walt Disney.

The Queen Mary’s nickname is the “Ship of Woods”.   Fifty-six different kinds of wood are on display throughout her decks, including six that are now extinct.  Her grand art deco style makes her the perfect location to host the region’s annual Art Deco Festival: http://www.queenmary.com/events/art-deco-festival/.

A big celebration is planned today, May 26, 2016, for the 80th anniversary of Queen Mary’s maiden voyage:http://www.queenmary.com/events/80th-anniversary-celebration/.   

In April 2016 big plans were announced to bring her back to her former glory: 
http://la.curbed.com/2016/4/20/11467598/long-beach-queen-mary-renovation and to rejuvenate the entire area: http://la.curbed.com/2016/3/24/11299792/aquarium-pacific-long-beach-expansion.   Can’t wait to see the results! 

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