Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, or whatever it is you celebrate at this time of year. Happy New Year coming soon!
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The exquisitely tiled fountain in the courtyard of the Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens was built by Cuban artisans before being brought to Florida in the 1930s and being temporarily smothered under a holiday poinsettia display so only the top is visible in December of 2014. Counting down to Christmas and the New Year . . . .
A shaft of light from the rising Sun pierces the trees to illuminate a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) standing alongside the reflection pond at Bok Tower Gardens. Counting down to Christmas and the New Year . . . .
Pinewood Estate was built in 1932 in Lake Wales, Florida, as a winter retreat for Bethlehem Steel Vice-President Charles Austin Buck before being acquired by Bok Tower Gardens and opened to the public in 1970. The place is decorated for Christmas every year and this is Charles Austin Buck’s private suite on the second floor of the house. Looks like he just stepped out and is due back at any moment. Counting down to Christmas and the New Year . […]
A mangrove canopy shades one of the foot bridges at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area in Indian River County, Florida. This was taken as part of a photo shoot to gather images to use for posters detailing the various ORCA habitats to be displayed at the new Audubon House nature center being built at ORCA. Learn more about ORCA at Janice Broda’s blog.
A Northern Mockingbird watches the birders at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of my favorite birds. Even the Mockingbird’s scientific name Mimus polyglottos, which translates to “many-tongued mimic”, celebrates its ability to imitate almost endlessly the songs of other birds. A trait I am able to enjoy in my backyard almost year round.