Friday, July 12 2019

 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary occupies approximately 13,000 acres in the heart of the Corkscrew Watershed in Southwest Florida, part of the Western Everglades. It is primarily composed of wetlands including the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in the world, which is the site of the largest nesting colony of Federally Endangered Wood Storks in the nation.


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Saturday, July 13 2019

 Naples Pier

Though it has been damaged over the 20th century by fire and numerous hurricanes, it was reconstructed and remains a symbol of the town’s resilience, history and beauty. This photo was taken on a stormy day when, as I suspected, there wouldn't be anybody at the pier which is typically quite busy. As you can see the passing storm churned up the otherwise calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Wednesday, July 17 2019

 Buying Swampland in Florida

Picayune Strand was logged for cypress trees in the 1940s and 1950s. When the logging was done, the land was purchased by developers and drained for the construction of what was intended to become the largest subdivision in the world. This area became the setting for the infamous "swampland in Florida" scam. Potential buyers were shown the land from the air during the dry season, and many lots were sold to people who never saw their land from the ground. Few homes were built in the subdivision named "Golden Gate Estates" created by the Gulf American Land Corporation due to the lack of electricity and high summer water levels.

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 Morikami Gardens

The Morikami Japanese Gardens just one part of this location which also houses a museum. It's a center for Japanese arts and culture located west of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County. The campus includes two museum buildings, the Roji-en Japanese Gardens: Garden of the Drops of Dew, a bonsai garden, library, gift shop, and a Japanese restaurant. Rotating exhibits are displayed in both buildings, and demonstrations, including tea ceremonies and classes, are held in the main building. Traditional Japanese festivals are celebrated several times a year.

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Monday, July 22 2019

 Coral Castle

The Coral Castle in Homestead is a unique tourist spot that probably has more fiction surrounding it that fact. Did Edward Leedskalnin know some secret way to move these massive stones? Was it anti-gravity, aliens, levitation using psychic powers, singing to the stones or arcane knowledge of magnetism and so-called "earth energies."

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 Naples Gulf Shore Blvd

As a local real estate website states:

Every community has a special attraction unique to the city. Naples has the Pier at the south end, the Ritz-Carlton to the north, and fabulous Gulf Shore Boulevard in between. Taking a drive up The Boulevard is an enchanting experience, a beautiful meandering drive with landscaped medians and a diversity of interesting architectural styles.

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