Fort Myers Beach Florida

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A photo story of the sunshine state, Florida

Photography by Gary Wonning

Fort Myers Beach is a town on Estero Island, off the southwest Florida coast. A long, sandy beach faces the Gulf of Mexico. The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center showcases local marine life. To the east, trails run through Matanzas Pass Preserve nature sanctuary. Built on an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound, the 1900s Mound House has archaeological exhibits. Times Square shopping center has stores and restaurants

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Fort Myers Beach at sunrise

This photo was taken at sunrise on a beautiful winter morning.

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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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.

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.

South Carolina Charm

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If you are looking for southern charm, South Carolina is the place for you. South Carolina is located deep in the southeastern corner of the United States. Home to magnificent plantations and fine low-country food, one of my favorite destinations is the low country restaurants located in Charleston.

The Civil War, or the aggression of the north as they refer to it, actually began in Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter.

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Magnolia Gardens is one of the many plantations located near Charleston. Along with Middleton Place, once owned by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Drayton Hall located nearby make for an interesting day trip while visiting Charleston.

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Beautiful walkways make for an enjoyable afternoon touring the grounds. 

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Located in the low country only proves there is beauty even in a swamp.

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The house is a lesson in grandeur.

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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, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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Port Huron Michigan

In 1814, Fort Gratiot was established at the base of Lake Huron and was considered to be the first Euro-American population in the area. There was an Ojibwa reservation in part of the modern area of Port Huron until 1836. In later years Fort Gratiot was incorporated into Port Huron.

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Port Huron was the boyhood home of Thomas Edison who moved here in 1854.

 

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12 year old Thomas Edison rode the train daily to Detroit and back selling newspapers. He earned enough in a very short time to supplement his income and buy chemical and other items for his experiments. 

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The Grand Trunk Western Railroad tunnel was opened in 1891 and links Port Huron with Canada. This international ,so called submarine railway tunnel, was the first international tunnel in the world. The tunnel’s total length is 6,025 feet , with 2,290 feet  underwater. The tunnel operations were electrified in 1908 and then converted to diesel fuel in 1958. Tracks were lowered in 1949 to accommodate larger freight cars. During World War 1, a plot to blast the tunnel was foiled. In later years, a new tunnel was constructed.

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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.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

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Fort Michilimackinac at Mackinac Michigan

Michilimackinac is a name given to the region around the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan by the American Indians who originally settled in the area.

Ezekiel Solomon a native of Germany was the first Jewish settler in this area.

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In the  early days, the settlers of North America applied the term  to the entire region surrounding Lake Huron,Michigan and Lake Superior. Today the name mostly applies to the area within the state of Michigan.

Today, Fort Michilimackinac is a tourist site. Re-enactors portray historic activities of the French and English. An archeological dig at the site is open for viewing.

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The Chippewa and Ottawa Indians were the first to inhabit the area, the French came in 1612 and established trading posts and missions.

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The French established the fort and was later taken over by the British after the French and Indian war.

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Today, Fort Michilimackinac is a tourist site. Re-enactors portray historic activities of the French and English.  An archaeological dig at the site is open for viewing.

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More than just a military outpost, the oldest public building in Michigan served as home to soldiers and their families, and eventually became home to the Mackinac State Park.

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The War of 1812 had it’s first skirmish on Mackinac Island when British soldiers surprised and captured the Amderican out post.

It was abandoned by the British in 1781 and set aside as a village park in 1857

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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.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Central Florida: A Road Less Traveled

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Frequently having business in  Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, I  tired of driving I-75  through Alligator Alley and decided to take the “back roads” home to Sarasota.
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Sarasota Florida
 
 I exited I-75 just west of Fort Lauderdale on US 27 and proceeded north. US 27 is a national highway and begins in Miami and stretches all the way across the nation through Georgia,Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and finally Michigan.
 
I live  on the west coast off Florida and up until this time  had never traveled through the middle of the state,  I didn’t know what to expect. I began to be pleasantly surprised, the landscape quickly changed to farm land. Miles and miles of very sparsely populated farm land awaited me. It reminded me of Texas combined with Indiana, flat, big sky like Texas, with the green vegetation of Indiana.
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Florida hinterlands
 
I drove approximately 70 miles passing through nothing but sugar cane fields, it seemed like I drove 20 miles through the King Ranch, it was harvest time so many produce laden trucks were on their way to the processing plants loaded with sugar cane.
 
I was getting a little concerned as both my stomach and gas tank were getting empty and there didn’t seem to be a fueling station anywhere, either for my stomach or my car.
 
Approaching South Bay, the first town for miles,the crop of choice changed from sugar cane to citrus with miles and miles of citrus trees again lining the landscape.
 
South Bay sits on the south edge of Lake Okeechobee, it is a quaint, pretty little town, with a lot of emphasis on “little.” I was through it in the blink of an eye, still no gas station or restaurant!
 
The lake can’t be seen from the highway, although there are plenty of places to pull off where the lake could be observed. However my stomach kept calling me so I drove on, I will do the scenic tour next time.
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Lake Okeechobee
 
The next town on the agenda happened to be Clewiston, “The sweetest little town in America”, as the sign at the city limits proudly states . Although this is the corporate headquarters of the United States Sugar Cane Corp., it is still a rather small town.
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Clewiston
 
Luckily for me the first business in town was a gas station and the second was a Sonny’s Bar-B-Que, the home of  barbecue chicken, pork, and beef, top it off with garlic bread and a salad bar and it has the potential for some darn good eatin”. If you are in the mood for good barbecue this is the place for you!
 
Now that my gas tank and stomach were both full, I wished I had stopped and checked out Lake Okeechobee, Oh  well, next time!
 
Traveling north I soon came to my turn off on Hwy 70, as I traveled west the landscape remained pretty much the same, fruit trees,sugar cane, and cattle.
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Arcadia restored train depot
 
Arcadia is the only town of any size in this part of Florida, it does have restaurants and gas stations and even hotels! It  is a typical small town with a population of about 6,000. A typical cow town , it boasts a western wear store,antique shops and a yearly rodeo.
 
Soon I realized I would like to spend more time in central Florida, the Old Florida.
The Nikon D70S
 

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

You can even follow me on your Kindle.

wisdom

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors

Relaxing on Siesta Key Poster
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