Ringling Brothers Museum Sarasota, Florida


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It is always worthwhile to travel down to Sarasota, Florida to see the old traditional Florida sights.  It is also new and exciting as the Ringling Brothers Museum is vibrant and new.  They have many buildings of Circus memorabilia, a vast grounds of landscaping with exotic plants and trees, the Large mansion Ca’ d’Zan on the waterfront of Sarasota Bay.  There is also the fabulous and very large John and Mable Museum of Art that is a must see. John Ringling made Sarasota the winter training grounds and home of Circus for the winters in 1927.  For a history see: Ringling Brothers.

This photograph was taken of one of the large canvas promotional posters near the Pullman Train Car in the museum.  It shows the more than 100 train cars that would gather and bring all the circus animals and people to new locations all over the United States since 1870.

ISO 5000, F/4.5, 1/90 sec, 67 mm Lens

Riverwalk on the Manatee River in Bradenton


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Here on the beautiful Manatee River in Palmetto and Bradenton, Florida, you can walk along and see all the great houses and boats.  They make it particularly easy on the Bradenton side by having a nice new Riverwalk that has pathways and boardwalks for several miles along the river front.  Here is a view after the boardwalk goes under the bridge between Bradenton and Palmetto.  The boardwalk here has benches and light and passes by this giant condo along the waterfront.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 24 mm Lens

Twin Dolphin Yacht Brokers and Ice Cream Shop


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Across the Manatee River in Bradenton, Florida is the Twin Dolphin Yacht Brokerage which also has the great Ice Cream and Smoothie shop.  This is right on the Riverfront and Riverwalk in Bradenton and behind you can walk on the boardwalk and view all the beautiful ships in the marina behind it.  This is right next to the bridge that goes between Palmetto and Bradenton.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/320 sec, 32 m Lens

Gazebo and Bronze Bell of Palmetto


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At the Victorian mansion on the Riverfront of Palmetto, Florida there was a large high Gazebo that contained a huge bronze bell.  I could find no history on this bell and would love to know how it was moved here and why.  It must weigh tons.  To the right of the gazebo is a tree with a Strangler Fig going up it.  The tree behind the gazebo has lovely Spanish Moss typical of the area.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/400 sec, 24 mm Lens

F/9, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, 24 mm Lens

Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast


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Here is another classic home along the Riverfront in scenic downtown Palmetto, Florida. The Manatee River made for a luxurious view with Bradenton across the river.  This house has become the beautiful Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast.  “It is a Historic Landmark residence with the Department of Interior and was constructed in 1913. It was built for Julius Lamb, an early Manatee County pioneer.  The home was a mail order kit from Sears Roebuck and Company and was one of the most luxurious and largest available.  The package was delivered by rail to Tampa and then barged over to Palmetto (because of the lack of major roads back then).   The classic home has 22 major rooms and four fireplaces.   It is typical of the Arts and Crafts Period with some Colonial Revival.  The house and Bed and Breakfast is now maintained by the Lippens Family from Belgium.” (From the Historic Plaque in front of the house by the Palmetto Historical Commission).

F/9, ISO 100, 1/400 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/400 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 24 mm Lens

Brick Pathway in Palmetto, Florida


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We are walking on the Riverfront of Palmetto right on the Manatee River where many large impressive houses reside.  This is the entrance and brick lined pathway with white fence to a fancy large house. It is inviting and fresh in the warm Florida sun.

ISO 320, F/11, 1/250 sec, 24 mm Lens

Classic Victorian House in Palmetto, Florida


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Down near the waterfront of the sleepy town of Palmetto, Florida there are a few classic houses that view the wide Manatee River.  This tall Victorian house appears to be unusual also in being made of wood.  It has a three story tower and wide sweeping porches.  The grounds are vast with a wonderful view of the water and trees full of Spanish Moss.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/250 sec, 35 mm Lens

F/13, ISO 320, 1/500 sec, 55 mm Lens

Coconut Palm Trees on Snead Island, Florida


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We drove around Snead Island in Palmetto, Florida on our way to Emerson Point Preserve at the end of a culdesac right on Terra Ceia Bay was a beautiful view.  They had planted Coconut Palm Trees there and they were tall and sweeping with large clusters of coconuts at the top.

F/9, ISO 100, 1/320 sec, 24 mm Lent

Ancient Bison Inside the South Florida Museum


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We walk further around the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida and find many amazing exhibits including this full sized ancient Bison in a Florida landscape.   There were Native American people below the ledge hunting them in this realistic setting.

ISO 5000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 40 mm Lens

Dinosaur at the South Florida Museum


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Here we are in the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida and we find Dinosaurs.  There are a lot of exhibits in the South Florida Museum including native Americans, Dinosaurs, Inca, Aztec artifacts, Fauna and even a live Manatee.  This dinosaur skeleton was on display in one of the main rooms:

ISO 2500, F/4, 1/20 sec, 50 mm Lens