St. John USVI

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The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, which are located in the Caribbean Sea.

Please click on the photos to see more beautiful photos of St. John

The economy of St. John is almost entirely dependent on tourism.

The island was a large producer of sugar cane until slavery was abolished. It then became economically impossible to grow sugar cane.

Cruz Bay, with a population of 2,700 is the largest settlement on St. John

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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There are Many References To Masonry In Egyptian History

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

There have been many references that rituals similar to the masonic rituals of today were performed in the pyramid of Unas located in Saqqara, and the Giant Pyramid of Cheops in Giza, just outside of Cairo.

The degree of perfection in the building of the pyramids, their ability to withstand the rigors of time, and their alignment to celestial as well as earthly edifices allude to the fact the early Egyptians had knowledge that in many instances far exceeds our knowledge even today.

They also brought forth the two pillars of creation. The two columns or pillars represented the upper and lower portions of Egypt. Jachin and Boaz, the pillars of establishment and strength, signify this in masonry.

The two represent stability, which is necessary for a society to survive and prosper.

Maat, also known as Ma’at or Mayet, was a female goddess in the ancient Egyptian religion; she represented truth, justice, balance and morality. The daughter of the Egyptian sun deity Ra and wife of the moon god Thoth, she served a kind of spirit of justice to the Egyptians.

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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

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Saint Thomas: Beaches

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Saint Thomas is not only a very beautiful island, is has some gorgeous beaches.

This is a private beach, private only because it is inaccesible to all but a few residents who live in the area.

Nothing like having your own private little beach.

 

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Saint Thomas: An island Of Diverse Scenery

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

An ice cream store along the route back from Magans Bay

A view of Magans Bay

The cruise port of Charlotte-Amalie, taken from Drakes Seat.

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.

Photography Prints

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Fisherman’s Village Punta Gorda Florida

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Fisherman’s Village is a waterfront shopping, entertainment, and resort complex located along Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda Florida. It includes over 30 shops and restaurants as well as a resort with 47 timeshare villas on the second floor.

The original pier was built in 1928,and was known as the Maud Street City Dock, which was built to repalce the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad dock at King Street.

 

Today many shops and restaurants line the wharf, Harpoon Harry’s, Hurricane Charleys, and the Fish Market are three of the most popular eating establishments.

Christmas decoration are everywhere, making it quite festive.

The Punta Gorda Fishing Company and the West Coast Fish Company began operating from the Maud Street dock, and later tenants included Gulf Coast Oil Company and Matt Week’s Boat Shop.

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, who operated the previous dock, connected their track to serve the Maud Street dock via a spur that once served the Long Dock (the Punta Gorda Linear Park adjacent to Fisherman’s Village today runs along the former rail spur).

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

The Henry Ford Museum in Fort Myers Florida

Written and photography by Gary Wonning

Edison’s good friend Henry Ford purchased the adjoining property, “The Mangoes” from Robert Smith of New York in 1916. Ford’s craftsman style bungalow was built in 1911 by Smith.

Along with the Edison Museum, the Ford estate is appropriately decorated fo the Christmas season.

The Fords would come to Florida in the winter to be close to their good friends the Edisons. Not only did they socialize, but  Henry and Thomas spent many hours in Edison’s lab perfecting many inventions that improved the lives of most Americans.

Simply, but beautifully decorated, the Ford estate provides a pleasing atmosphere to finish an enjoyable evening.

Henry Ford himself greets you as you enter the grounds.

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

Celebrating Christmas At the Thomas Edison Winter Home in Fort Myers Florida

 

The Edison’s were big on Christmas which they celebrated almost every year in Fort Myers Florida, many times with their closest friends, the Henry Ford family.

Being a workaholic, Thomas would often celebrate Christmas dinner with family and friends, they retire to his laboratory to work on one of his many inventions. 

The Edisons purchased the property, all thirteen acres, for $2000. Unbeknownst to him, he over paid, and thus began the long tradition of Floridians scamming northerners.

As was the custom throughout the land, only the finest china and table settings were allowed when company came.

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were such good friends that Henry Ford purchased the adjoining property so he could be near his good friend.

Thomas took his son, Charles fishing and Charles caught this one hundred fifteen pound Tarpon, Thomas only caught a small fish, so he displayed his fish on the opposite side of the house from where his son’s fish was displayed.

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.