Life evolving behind the lens

A little Slice of the Old School Style

Yes, I know I’ve been M.I.A. for a month or so. My old laptop died, so I had to scramble to replace it about four months ahead of schedule. It doesn’t help that I’ve been strapped for opportunities to take some pictures (although that’s been compounded by not being able to transfer data from my SD cards to CD so I can make room). With all that in mind, I decided to kick things off again with a few older photos. There are all taken at the Bok Tower and Gardens in Lake Wales, FL, and all of them were snapped on the Fuji A340. I didn’t have a chance to visit the gardens when I was in Florida last, and I realistically don’t expect to go back until 2012, maybe 2013 (the next time I’ll be down for the holidays). Thus, photographing the area with Cameron is not on the agenda for a while. Most of the photos seen here were taken in 2005, with the exception of the rose picture. That was taken in 2006 during my holiday season visit with my fiancé. Taking photos at Bok is enjoyable. First, there’s always something different. Sure, the tower is there, and you’ll always see something in bloom. The details change, though. The squirrels tend to be more active during the warmer months while the light is a little softer after October. My very first trip was in November not long after Florida got pummeled by numerous hurricanes. The area sustained a significant amount of damage but allowed visitors to come for free as they cleaned up. If I ever get the confidence to display pictures from my film days, I’ll try to remember to post some of those. Anyway, the other great thing about the place is that it’s quiet, making it easier to slip into the photography zone. All the foliage absorbs the sound, and the layout of the sanctuary is very good for dispersing soundwaves. Aside from the carillon, it’s quiet. 🙂

Without further ado, I’ll go ahead and share some classic shots from the sanctuary. Enjoy!

leaves and chips

pretty blue flowers

spirals at the gates to the tower

a rose at the end of its life


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