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.

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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.

Christmas at the Thomas Edison Museum In Fort Myers Florida

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The isn’t a better place to spend an evening during the Christmas season than at the Thomas Edison Museum in Fort Myers Florida

Containing more than a thousand varieties of plants from around the world, Edison’s botanical garden includes an African Sausage Tree and a 400 foot banyan tree. 

There are plants grown not only for personal pleasure, but for industrial purposes as well. 

His wife Mina designed  the Moonlight Garden and planted many flowers for their beauty.

Overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, the estate is a perfect place to watch a sunset

Edison Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site and received the Award of Excellence for restoration from both the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The site is a Florida Historic Landmark and has been designated as a National Historical Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society, the first site in the state of Florida to receive this honor.

Our evening tour began at 5:30. the perfect time to enjoy the Christmas decorations.

The Edison’s enjoyed many Christmas seasons here with their family and close friends, the Fords.

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

The Thomas Edison Museum in Fort Myers Florida

Thomas Edison at his winter home in Fort Myers Florida

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

Located on the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers Florida, the Thomas Edison Museum,is the former winter headquarters of Thomas Edison and his family.

Situated on  21 acres, it is located in the heart of Fort Myers at 2350 McGregor Boulevard.

A statue of Thomas Edison, pictured alongside of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, greet the visitor as they enter the grounds.

These tall Banyan trees adorn the front entrance.

Thomas Edison’s laboratory where he spent countless hours working on and perfecting his many inventions, including developing rubber for automobile tires. He partnered with his good friends Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford to find a good rubber tree or plant in the United States. 

The botanical garden behind his laboratory which he built for his wife, after digging up some of the dirt and taking it back to New Jersey.

Beautiful Christmas display near his laboratory.

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:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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.

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.