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.

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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.

Sarasota, Florida

Voted home of the best beach in the United States, Sarasota has become the destination of many vacationers as well as snowbirds.

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 Sunset on City Island overlooking the Ringling Bridge

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The famous dolphin fountain on city island.

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Marina Jacks,popular restaurant

Located on the south edge of the Greater Tampa Bay area,Sarasota has much to offer,world class beaches, art, theater, beautiful scenery, fine restaurants,and  minor league as well as spring training baseball. 

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.

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Florida Sunrise

As the sun rise over paradise, a new day begins.

This photo taken near Bradenton, Florida on the Manatee River is a perfect example of how beautiful earth can be.

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After spending most of our lives in the north and dealing with obscene weather in the winter, many of us now enjoy a more friendly environment in the sunny south.

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Sarasota Florida: Kayaking

Sarasota Florida: Home of the number one beach in the United States!

 

One of the premier vacation and retirement spots in the country Sarasota never fails to surprise one. Where else would you find kayakers on ocean water but in Sarasota Florida?

Recently my wife and I decided to join a group of Shriners on a sunset cruise aboard the “LaBarge”based on the Sarasota waterfront. Boarding  about an hour before sunset with all hands on board, we set sail out of the harbor. With luxury homes dotting the waterfront and many sailboats on the bay it was a delightful cruise with all looking forward to a typical  gorgeous Florida sunset.

We weren’t disappointed and to top it all off, as the sun set in the west, a rising full moon  greeted us in the east . How perfect is that? Several fellow boaters joined us for the evening as sailors in sailboats, yachts and jet skis were all cruising the waterways.

The most interesting was a kayak I happened to catch as it floated below the setting sun, what a joy that must have been quietly skimming across the water, silently enjoying nature in a pristine environment.

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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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Parrish Florida

Parrish Florida located about 40 miles south east of Tampa Florida on the states suncoast has a long history.

Parrish is named after one of its first settlers, Crawford Parrish
(1811–1899) who came to Manatee County in 1869. He then purchased land at Oak
Hill from Major William Turner, on which Parrish farmed food crops as
well as tobacco, citrus, cattle and hogs. He also homesteaded many acres
and in 1885 was awarded a 40-acre land grant
signed by President Grover Cleveland. He as his wife, Mary, had eight
children many of whose descendants still call Parrish home.

Crawford and
Mary Parrish are buried at Fortner Cemetery. Crawford and Mary
Parrish’s son John Parrish (1857–1918) was influential in the early
years of Parrish. Like many of his neighbors. Parrish made much of his
income from citrus, which had to be hauled by mule and wagon to waiting boats in Bradenton. Parrish knew that a railroad stop at Oak Hill ( as
Parrish was then known) was crucial to the towns development. He thus 
convinced railroad and government officials to build a depot at Oak Hill
and he then donated land for the depot, water tank and for miles of track.

The depot brought packing houses, grocers, doctors, druggists and other
merchants to town. Parrish thrived until the Great Depression destroyed
much of its commerce and farmers and ranchers were forced to leave for
work in big cities. Packing houses and grocers closed down and it  would
take decades for many families to recover. But the Parrish name lives
on, as dozens of descendants of Crawford Parrish still call the area
home and are active in local government, churches, rural health and civic
associations.

Parrish (from historical marker in front of old school house located
on US301 in middle of village) The first documented settlers in
present-day Parrish in early part of 1850 were William B Hooker and
William H Johnson. Here they found the ideal climate, fertile soil and a
nearby river, all suitable for establishing a plantation for their
ill-fated joint venture of growing sea island cotton. After the
partnership was dissolved, Major William Iredell Turner acquired
Hooker’s plantation in 1867 and named it “Oak Hill”. Among the other
earlier settlers were Crawford and Mary Bratcher (Vanzandt) Parrish.
When the post office opened, the name was changed to “Parrish”. The
railroad provided mail and travel service by 1902 Parrish became a
thriving community depending upon a citrus, cattle and agriculture
economy.

There’s a grove here over 100 years old that is still bearing. Area had
three packing houses, three or more churches, two boarding houses,
blacksmith shop and many stores. At turn of century, the Methodist
Church served as a school.  The first
schoolhouse was built on land given by Crawford Parrish. It was removed and replaced with the present building in
1924.

Judah P Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, in his 1865
escape from Richmond at the end of the Civil War, was secretly  hidden in a swamp behind Major
Turner’s house for several days before he was transported to Gamble
Mansion where he remained for some time.

In today’s world Parrish ahs probably changed little from it’s early history, still a small village, life goes on around it with little influence to the daily lives of it’s citizens, little has changed here and most people lead a realative simplistic lifestyle enjoying the Florida sunshine with little care about the outside world.

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Palmetto Florida

One of the early settlements of southwest Florida, Palmetto has grown from humble beginnings to the thriving community it is today.
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The first shipping dock in this part of Florida was built at the foot of 9th Avenue by Joel Hendrix several years after arriving here in 1871. Soon after that the narrow guage Palmetto Terminal Rail Road was built in 1893.

Both were constructed to provide a way for farmers to transport their products to markets, thereby making citrus and other products available to the American public. In the early days the train was rather unreliable , the locomotive broke down quite often , making it necessary to hitch four horses to the flat bed car and pulling it to the docks in the time worn tradition of using horse power when all else failed.
The town was incorporated in 1897 , and soon after in 1899 the first bank in Manatee County, was opened in this fair city.
Boardwalk and Pier located in down town Palmetto Florida.

Today much has changed, no longer an important shipping port as most produce today now travels by truck, the town has become a tourist mecca, with dining,fishing, shopping and other attractions available. Orlando and Disney world is less than two hours away, the Kennedy Space center less than three and many professional baseball teams now hold spring training in
 the area offering more added attractions to be enjoyed. Be sure to bring your camera!
Whether spending a day or a week , there is much available to make your stay an enjoyable and pleasant experience.
 
 
 
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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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