After I left Bok Tower Gardens I stopped by Lake Parker in Lakeland to get out and walk around for a few minutes before heading back to Tampa. It was a quiet afternoon with only a few critters near the boat ramp.
Next to Lake Parker is a huge soccer field. There was no one playing on the field that day but I’m sure on a weekend there are tons of kids running around. There were light posts along the fields and in between them with nests on them. All of them had osprey nesting on top except for one. One light post right at the entrance to the field had an owl nest. The sun was not in my favor that afternoon but I was able to get the above. There were two almost grown owlets on the nest with Mom but one was hiding on the other side of Mom. On nights and weekends these fields are packed with screaming kids playing ball. I guess the owls don’t mind.
A few things I saw on my central Florida trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales and Lake Parker in Lakeland in early March.
This is NOT my house. I don’t even take the time anymore to put a tree. So I go to other people’s houses to see them. These were all taken last year inside Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida. The 20 room home was built in the 30’s and is now a museum. During the holidays, volunteers decorate in historic Christmas fashion. It’s a fun way to put you in the mood without having to do the work yourself.
The giant Victoria water lilies are planted every summer at Bok Tower. They don’t last through the winter here in central Florida. They are beautiful even though I caught them at the end of their cycle in early November.
Raindrops and bright colors were all over the gardens.
A view looking down on the valley from the carillon tower. This is one of the few places where you feel like you are up on a mountain looking down in Florida.
Just a few things from my trip to Bok Tower in early November. I was in between the Halloween decorations and the Christmas decorations but still found a ton of things to take pictures of.