Botanical Gardens of Bok Tower

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Let us continue our walk around Bok Tower and its huge gardens.  This is all in Lake Wales Florida in February where I got fortunate and had the Azaleas in peak bloom and also the Orange Blossoms in the surrounding groves in peak bloom.  The fragrance of the Orange Blossoms was almost overpowering but super pleasant.

In 1923, Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect began to transform this sandy hill into a tropical lush garden.  The hill was one of the highest elevations in Central Florida with a great view.  The hill was a towering 250 feet so it was quite the mountain for this flat state.  It was very sandy there, so hundreds of loads of topsoil had to be brought in along with thousands of exotic plants, shrubs and trees.

Please see the link Frederick Law Olmsted Gardens for lots more history and many online images.

Here is an image of a pathway and the lush vegetation in this Bok Tower Garden:

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

There seemed to be miles of pathways and we will go down some of them and see the different parts of the gardens.

Bok Tower, Lake Wales Florida

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Lets take a little tour around the lovely Bok Tower also known as the “Singing Tower”, in Lake Wales Florida.  This is in central Florida quite far from the other attractions, but very worth the trip.  There are very large gardens here and a mansion, museum, gift shop and of course the Singing Tower itself.  It is surrounded by orange orchards and for miles around when you are driving up in the Winter season, you can smell the sweet smell of orange blossoms.  The scent alone was worth the trip.  Here is a far view of the Bok Tower:

F/9, ISO 200, 1/200 sec, 28 mm Lens

F/9, ISO 200, 1/200 sec, 28 mm Lens

The morning was cloudy but soon cleared up to normal blue Florida skies.

Here is a brochure image from the National park with the web address of BOKtowergardens.org

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The historic belltower houses of the the world’s best carillons and is in the center of the Olmsted designed gardens.  There are a surrounding 250 acres of beautiful gardens.  I will discuss more on the tower and gardens as we go along.

Below is one of several postcards I have collected from the early part of the 20th century on Bok Towers:

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Tower Experiment at Bully Hill Winery

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This old steel tower overlooks Keuka Lake at Bully Hill Winery.  I wish it had a ladder to climb as it would be a great view.

This image is an experiment. The images I like the most seem to get no or few likes and images I detest and almost do not upload seem to get huge likes. LOL.  I guess it shows my taste is terrible.  Can you tell what I think of this image?

View from Winery Pond to Keuka Lake

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From above one winery,  you could view down upon a nice pond and in the distance see Keuka Lake. I would like to come back here in the early Fall when the leaves were still on and changing color.

Reflections of Keuka Lake

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Here we are exploring around Heron Hill Winery. There out by the wedding area, were a bevy of wooden barrels that I of course liked because they were wooden. These had water on the tops that reflected the light.

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Here is a close up of the barrel tops with the water.

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