Florida Backroads: Bok Tower Gardens

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I’ve posted about this place in the past. But due to a new and upcoming partnership between yours truly and Bok Tower Gardens (more on that in the near future), I decided to visit and capture some new photographs of this beautiful haven!

Bok Tower Gardens is located on some ‘Florida Backroads’ in Lake Wales, Florida (about an hour south of Orlando, FL +/-). It’s a 250 acre National Landmark consisting of a 205 foot (singing) tower, beautiful grounds & gardens, 126 different species of birds plus other wildlife, Pinewood Estates and so much more. Bok Tower Gardens also houses a massive Welcome Center with all kinds of hands on history and heritage that tells the story of where Bok Tower Gardens came from as well as some Florida historical information. Additionally, there’s both a Gift Shop and Cafe’.

I’ve been a Bok Tower Gardens Supporting Member spanning many years. Last Thursday (April 6th, 2017), I made a visit to renew my membership (once a year for those wondering). I couldn’t have gotten much luckier as far as weather and timing goes. It was about 72 degrees, no humidity with a strong breeze blowing. It was also approaching magic hour – that time around sunset before dusk that produces long shadows, warm lighting – a scenic & landscape photographers’ dream!

Below is a series of pictures from my visit that shows off pretty much what you can feel and experience visiting Bok Tower Gardens. I know – I sound like an ad for the place :). But I swear all I’m trying to do is share the beauty, tranquility and sanctity of Bok Tower Gardens. Places like this are becoming very few and far between here in Florida, believe me! So much so that my main purpose & passion for my heart felt photography is to showcase, highlight and preserve that which is unfortunately becoming the exception rather than the norm – especially here in ‘The Sunshine State’.

Peace – Mike T.

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