My husband made the suggestion that we revisit Bok Tower and Gardens. We were last there in 2012, but I think he really wanted to go back so he could take lots of pictures. I can’t say I blame him.
Even though we’ve been to Bok Tower in December a couple times before, the sun has never been this bright. As a result, my pictures are sharper than usual. I’m not going to complain since this gave me more opportunities to photograph the tower while emphasizing contrasting colors. Granted, the reduced cloud cover allowed for much deeper blue skies. Even when there has been sun on previous trips there has been enough cloud cover to mute everything.
We wandered a good portion of the grounds, including the Pinewood Mansion in all its holiday glory. While snowmen were next to nonexistent, there were lots of other splendid subjects for still life and even action photography. So let’s take a trip into this Central Florida dreamscape.
Believe it or not, there was more to my vacation than photographing birds (although I did quite a bit of that). The majority of the trip was spent in Florida. My parents reside in South Florida, but my husband and I did venture a little ways north one day. I was really eager to get to Lake Wales because I had never taken photos there with Cameron. My previous visits involved my old Fuji compact digital and Kodak APS cameras (which I promise I will discuss one day). Given that I had a camera with more controls, I was eager to revisit a spot and take new pictures. Of course, with it being December, the lighting was rather muted on the hill, and the dense vegetation in many part of the gardens cut down the light even further. I also went into the Pinewood Mansion, which was decked out in holiday decor during my time there. It was a great time to get in some more low light work (which netted some good results even without flash). Other photography endeavors (namely plants, architecture and animals) were also productive even though the number of plants in bloom was somewhat limited (mostly poinsettias and camellias). Since a lot of photos were taken, I decided that an entry devoted entirely to Bok Tower and Gardens photos was in order. Since I already showed off some bird photos from this visit, feast your eyes on some of the other offerings that caught mine. 🙂
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!