Cocoa Beach Florida

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A photo story of the sunshine state, Florida

Cocoa Beach is  south of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It’s a gateway to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The city is known for its beach and surf breaks. Inside a surf shop, the Florida Surf Museum traces the sport’s local history. Nearby Cocoa Beach Pier has eateries and shops. The maritime forest at oceanfront Lori Wilson Park attracts birdlife.

 Named for the chocolate brown sand,the city of Cocoa Beach’s roots are said to lie in the hands of freed slaves in the post-Civil War era.  Ais Native Americans once inhabited the area, a family of freed slaves established the first colony on Cocoa Beach, according to city of Cocoa Beach records. The documents state a hurricane displaced the original settlers.


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.

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Hidden in the south Caribbean Ocean lies the tiny island country of Grenada. Most Americans never heard of Grenada until the invasion in the early nineteen eighties when President Reagan sent in troops to dispel the rebels who had taken over the country.

The residents of the tiny island are still grateful to the United States for the assistance they gave in helping the Grenadians regain their freedom.

cinnamon Greneda plantation


Processing cinnamon Dougladston Plantation


drying cocaGreneda plantation


Drying cocoa beans in the hot Caribbean sun.

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

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Remembering a simpler time, a time when neighbor knew neighbor and people helped each other.I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.

Financially, times were hard , my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. We ,along with my brother , who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state.

My books are available in both Hard Copy and Ebook Format.



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