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 mansion is decorated for Christmas every year with a different theme. The theme for Christmas 2016 is Christmas 1944. Reminders of the World War II years are scattered throughout the rooms with the decorations being a little ostentatious as a reflection of the wartime […]
While an unexpected bust for seeing any birds during one of this winter’s coldest days so far, a visit to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, led to a lot of other photo opportunities, like this view looking back at Bok Tower and its reflecting pond image. The brochure map says it best about this stop on the tour: “This iconic view of the Singing Tower is the perfect place for a photo with friends or family while visiting […]
You would think this is about birds but there was only this lone Northern Mockingbird making himself easy to see on a December Saturday visit to Bok Tower Gardens. The inviting entrance barely bespeaks the preponderant plant potpourri inside. Florida’s Spanish heritage comes out in the architecture. Enter the well-stocked gift shop and plant store through the doors at right. Heavenly victuals await the weary visitor to the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Don’t expect things to look exactly like this in […]
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 . […]
Here are more photos from the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s 2014 symposium at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, on 19 & 20 September. Two Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterflies show great interest in a Passionflower Vine, the Fritillary’s larval host plant. This particular Passionflower Vine is the Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and you can learn more about it at Janice Broda’s ORCA blog. Various photos of Bok Tower from different angles. The tower is adorned with large ceramic tile murals, […]
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