Stop and smell the flowers

I got up early for the almost 2 hour drive to Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida in early March. The weather called for sunny and warm but halfway there the fog started. The closer I got to the gardens, the foggier it got. I was a little bummed but I figured it would lift sometime in the morning. It was still foggy when I started my drive into the gardens.

You pay at the gate and then drive for 5 minutes up to the where the gardens start. Part of that drive is through orange groves. I had my windows rolled down so I could smell the orange blossoms. The smell was strong and I pulled over for a few minutes and snapped the above with my phone. Nothing screams “central Florida” more than ripe oranges and orange blossoms together on the tree.

There’s always a lot blooming here, even in the winter.

You can see the spider webs in the fog.

I’m not sure what this pink tree was but it was almost past it’s peak.

The sun was just starting to peek out after I had been there for an hour.

The azalea bushes were still blooming with the color popping in the fog.

This was a fun trip and it was great to be out and about (even though I was riding a rented scooter). The fog eventually lifted but it kept things nice and cool.

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The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens


High up.


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


Lizards are everywhere here.


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


Jiminy was sleeping.


There’s a small orange grove on the property.


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


Pretty flowers blooming at the end of December.


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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