Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida

Long known for its white crystal sandy beach, Siesta Key remains one of the premier vacation spots in the country.

There is something magical about Siesta Key, its white sand is formed from quartz crystal and some say, including many American Indian tribes in the area, that its mystical powers have long kept hurricanes from striking Sarasota County.
The American Indians always came here in the summer as they knew they would be safe from the storms. A hurricane has never struck Sarasota County. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way, he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulie@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Storm Clouds Brewing Over Siesta Key in Sarasota Florida

This beautiful photo was taken on Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota Florida, voted several times as the best beach in the United States.

it would really look good hanging in your office or home.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way, he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulie@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Rye Preserve Manatee County, Florida

Rye Preserve, Manatee County Florida

Rye Preserve Manatee County Florida

Located on Rye Road north of Florida Highway 64, (Florida Cracker Turnpike) the Rye Preserve is a small park located on the Manatee River.

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Secluded trail in Rye Preserve

Quaint path leading to the Manatee River

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Manatee River in Rye Preserve

This 145 acre property located just northwest of the Lake Manatee Dam. The preserve features nature trails, horseback trails, picnic areas, a playground and a canoe/kayak launch. 

The preserve’s trail system leads visitors through four distinctive ecosystems, including sand pine scrub, xeric oak scrub, oak hammocks and the river community. A variety of interesting creatures can be seen in these areas including the rare gopher tortoise and Florida scrub-jay. 

A quaint path in Rye Preserve in Manatee County Florida

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Patriot’s Park Venice Florida

 

 

 

This park was created by the Leadership Sarasota County Class of 2002 to remember those who perished on 9/11, as well as the heroes who saved other lives that day, and those who have made sacrifices in the name of freedom in all wars.

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911 Memorial in Patriot Park, Venice Florida

Location: 800 Venetia Bay Blvd. (U.S. 41, just north of the intersection of U.S. 41 Bypass North and U.S. 41 Business.)

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The flags at Patriot Park

 

 

Conveniently located at the intersection of  US 41 business and bypass 41 on the north side of Venice, Patriot Park is available for a quick stop before continuing on your way.

Fountain in Patriot Park

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Florida Cracker Cattle

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It’s hard to imagine the “New World” without cattle, but they weren’t always here.
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Cattle were brought to North America by Ponce De Leon on his  voyage to America. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I would have wanted to travel across the Atlantic Ocean with a bunch of cattle as my travel companions.

Florida Cracker like so many other terms began as a complimentary term associated with the early hard working cowboys of Florida. It was only in later years the term “Florida Cracker” was meant to be something derogatory. 

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Miami After Dark

 

Miami After Dark

In spite of all the social , economic, and cultural difficulties, Miami is still a beautiful city downtown and along the water front, as these photos taken from a cruise ship exemplify.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

 

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Lakeland Florida

The Lakeland area was first populated by the Paleo Indians near the end of the last ice age. As the ice melted , they ended up staying for thousands of years and at one time there were over 250,000 indians living on the Florida peninsula.

Eventually after several wars with the Spanish most were wiped out , the remaining later merged with the Creek Indians who came from the north and afterwards became known as the Seminoles.

Florida became a state in 1845 and Polk County was formed in 1861 with Bartow named  the county seat because most of the activity was around the Bartow /Fort Meade area. In later years people began entering from the north with most settling in the Lakeland area.

Like many towns , the railroads brought  people and jobs to Lakeland. Founded by a Kentuckian, Abraham Munn, Lakeland began to grow and eventually replaced Bartow as the county seat. Some of the names suggested for the new town were: Munnville, Red Bug, and Rome City. 

After the start of the Spanish-American War, Florida was used a launch point and as a result, Lakeland housed about 9,000 troops. The town grew rapidly  and was on it’s way to becoming the large metropolitan area it is today. 

Today it is not only the home to distribution warehouses for many large corporations, it is the spring training home to major league baseball teams, and has many fine restaurants, hotels and other attractions available, located only thirty miles from Disney World , it offers many alternative hotel accommodations to Orlando.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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