Flowers in the fall.

Lots of things blooming at Bok Tower Gardens in late September.

A few of the critters. I rarely see ladybugs anymore.

Early morning at the bell tower. This is a great spot to take a break. Sitting under the big oak trees looking out at the old orange groves far away.

I made a quick trip to Bok Tower in central Florida in late September. It was a quiet morning and not too many birds but lots of plants were blooming.

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A walk after work

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A baby grackle getting his footing.

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“Ha, Ha, I got weeds stuck on my beak.”

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A kildeer couple at the back pond. This is the first time I’ve seen kildeer here.

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Mossy turtle drying off.

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Tons of bunnies along the running path.

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The bell tower in the middle of an office park.

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When I got closer to the bell tower, I realized there was an osprey nest on top of it.

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Taking off.

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Heading over the lake.

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Must be looking for dinner.

I stopped by Carillon Park after work for a walk around the lakes (or just really big ponds). Tons of people jogging and dog walking. I don’t get out before dark much anymore after work so this was a treat to get out.

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Bok Tower Gardens – Skywatch Friday

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The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens

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High up.

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The little lizard must feel safe resting on the head of St. Francis.

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Lizards are everywhere here.

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A juvenile red headed woodpecker was banging around on a dead tree near the historic home on the property.

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Jiminy was sleeping.

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There’s a small orange grove on the property.

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You would have thought it was spring on this day. Sunny and 70 degrees and flowers and butterflies everywhere.

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Pretty flowers blooming at the end of December.

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An English garden.

More shots from my trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales (central Florida). I had such a great time on my first visit in October that I dragged my sister there during the holidays.

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A first visit to Bok Tower Gardens – Skywatch Friday

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The bell tower building contains 60 bells and was finished in 1929.

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Looking straight up, it’s pretty tall.

DSC_7047The details in the openings at the top have different birds. The gardens started out as a bird sanctuary by Edward Bok. The 30 year editor of the Ladies Home Journal magazine would spend his winters in Lake Wales and developed the gardens with the help of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr ( his dad developed Central Park and Prospect Park in New York) and many others.

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The door no one enters. To tour the inside of the bell tower, you need to have a high level of membership to go inside on one of the very few tours a year.

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The lily pads were amazing.

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Beautiful purple buds growing around the lily pads.

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I was hoping to see frogs sitting in them but no luck there.

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I’ve never seen these blooms before.

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Looking down over a citrus grove, the bell tower sits on one of the highest points in central Florida.

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The gardens were decorated for Halloween.

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When did black and white pumpkins become so popular? Some had the spray paint starting to peel off. I guess I like the traditional orange ones.

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The spider was pretty cool, made with pumpkins and branches.

I’ve been saying I want to visit Bok Tower Gardens for the last 5 years. I finally made it there on a rare random Monday off. It’s just under an hour and a half from my house so I need to get there more often. It was a beautiful day and very few people there. I took a ton of pictures so more to come.

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