A friend and I decided we needed to make a quick trip to one of Florida’s iconic tourist destinations to put a final exclamation point on the all too memorable year that was 2020!
So on December 31 we visited the iconic Bok Tower Gardens.
Bok Tower Gardens (also known as Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower) is a contemplative garden, and bird sanctuary located north of Lake Wales, Florida, United States. It consists of a 250-acre (100 ha) garden, the 205-foot (62 m) tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center. The tower is built upon Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet (90 m) above sea level. It is a National Historic Landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, nationally significant for its association with Edward W. Bok and its designers.
It had been several years since I last visited the Bok Tower Gardens so I was happy to get out of the house and to get a chance to see this iconic Florida landmark.
Since the last time I had visited they added some new sections and improved others.
The Kids area is not usually an area I check out but the entrance was intriguing so we took a look!
I decided it would be a great place to use the Spark 2 which distorts the image somewhat.
There was a long row of “fairy” houses that were a fun subject for this Lensbaby as well.
We then headed back over into the more botanical areas and found that the camellias were starting to bloom. I switched lens on the regular color camera to the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm and proceeded to shoot some colorful flowers!
But I also had my infrared converted camera with me so I was ready for the perfect IR landscapes as well!
Then it was time to head up the hill to the iconic Bok Tower!
I always like to get an image of the golden door at the base of the tower but all the time we were in the tower area, there was a person working diligently at cleaning and shining that door!
The ponds around the tower give great opportunities for reflections of the tower, the trees, and foliage around them!
As we were standing next to this pond, an osprey swooped in and grabbed a fish right in front of us. I quickly shot some images but since I was not expecting that, they were all blurry! It’s hard to get a fast-moving bird when you are set up for non-moving plants!
One more final view of Bok Tower as we made our way back toward the visitor center.
Here is one final camellia!
Bok Tower Gardens is one of those places in Florida that you have to visit or you can’t say you have visited Florida. The view from the hill which is the one of highest spots in FL is spectacular!
To see larger versions of these images and many more, please visit my Bok Tower Gardens Gallery.
Next up! Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FL.
That is all for now!