Henry Nehrling – 1853-1927

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Caladium – Nehrling Gardens – May 2017

“Nehrling had several favorite species, which he grew and bred far more than others. Caladiums, Amaryllis, Palms, Cycads, and Bamboo were among those most grown at Palm Cottage. Nehrling describes in his writing as having planted 25000 individual Caladiums each year in his Lath Houses, as well as thousands of other species that required protection from the strong Florida sun.” –  Nehrling Gardens web site

Palm Gardens is located just west of Orlando in the town of Gotha.

The Floridian Peninsula – Daniel G. Brinton 1859

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Daniel Garrison Brinton 1837-1899, physician, anthropologist. Born in Thornbury Township, PA. was a pioneer in the field of academic anthropology. As with most academics in the 19th century, his wealth allowed him the freedom to pursue other studies.
“Notes on the Floridian Peninsula, its Literary History, Indian Tribes and Antiquities” is a book about Florida history written in 1859, reprinted in 1969. Uses an incredible amount of reference material. If I needed reference to primary source material concerning early Florida history – this is it. There are some things we now know not to be true, but we must consider when it was written. His literary history documents sources of Spanish, French, English, and American history, and also the Native Americans who lived in Florida.
The section on Native Americans covers both what was known of indigenous tribes Apalachees, Caloosa, and Ais, as well as the Creek/Seminole migration. His section on antiquities covers investigations of shell mounds and other ancient areas.
In keeping with my main interests this book contains geographic, geological, flora, and fauna information.  The appendix about Silver Springs and the Oklewaha River (his spelling) are particularity interesting.
This fascinating book gives a perspective of Florida history that we seldom see. I was able to get a copy from the University of Central Florida library. Another book I would recommend is John Lee Williams Territory of Florida around 1839, there are electronic copies around for free.

Kennedy Space Cen

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Space Shuttle Atlantis – Kennedy Space Center – July 2015

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Atlantis – Kennedy Space Center – July 2015

Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It’s not a thing to be waited for – it is a thing to be achieved. – William Jennings Bryan

Sharing lovely Merritt Island with my birds is the Kennedy Space center. They have some really great exhibits chronicling our journey into space. And it’s always exciting visiting a place where so much history has been made. One odd thing, no flash photography at the Atlantis exhibit – I understand in museums with delicate paintings – but a space shuttle? Maybe someone can enlighten me.

Quote found at http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/SEH/quotes.html

Addison Ellis Canal

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Addison-Ellis Canal – Enchanted Forest – May 2015

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Historic Sign – Enchanted Forest – May 2015

Yet another monument to man’s attempts to conquer the environment. They were stopped by the Atlantic Ridge, a 120,000 year old sand bar – turned coquina rock that proved too much for them. However, not before they reversed the water flow through the Enchanted Forest from flowing westward towards the St Johns River to the east towards the Indian River Lagoon.

The Enchanted Forest is a Brevard County park, that is indeed enchanting!! As you walk along the ridge, sometimes 25 feet above the canal, you can see geological history in the coquina rock walls. This elevation and the rock walls make it an unusual site in Central Florida. This is the highest point in Brevard County.

Some History

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Bridge House – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

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Osprey on the Bridge – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

This was the first electric swing bridge in Florida – Over the St Johns River between Sanford and DeBary. Not much left, but at least they preserved some.

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Historical Sign – Lake Monroe Park – May 2015

More Minor White

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St Andrew’s Cross – UCF Arboretum – February 2015

“Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind through positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration'” – Minor White 1950

The above quote goes well with the adage that God helps those that help themselves.

Currently reading The Moment of Seeing – Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts by Stephanie Comer and Deborah Klochko with an essay by Jeff Gunderson. Excellent chronology of the school’s development with historical documentary photos of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Minor White among others as well as photographs from the students and teachers at the school dating from the late 40’s/early 50’s. If you love photography and history seek out this book.

Quote comes from the book.

Come Visit Us

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Tree Birds – Orlando Wetlands Park – February 2015

This Saturday is the Orlando Wetlands Festival http://orlandowetlands.org/ .

If you’re in the Orlando area this is a double header day. First visit Ft Christmas a recreation of a 19th century frontier fort – plus other historical buildings, then bus over to the wetlands for a tour. Plus other festival happenings.