Fort Myers Beach Florida

photo of Siesta Key beach

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

photo of Fort Myers Beach pier

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.