Saint Thomas: Beaches

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The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Saint Thomas is not only a very beautiful island, is has some gorgeous beaches.

This is a private beach, private only because it is inaccesible to all but a few residents who live in the area.

Nothing like having your own private little beach.

 

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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Saint Thomas: An island Of Diverse Scenery

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

An ice cream store along the route back from Magans Bay

A view of Magans Bay

The cruise port of Charlotte-Amalie, taken from Drakes Seat.

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.

Photography Prints

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

Photography Prints

 

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.

Saint Thomas: Drakes Seat

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

Please click on the photos for some beautiful photos of Saint  Thomas

Valdemar Hill, is a scenic overlook of Charlotte-Amalie Harbor

Drakes Seat is reportedly where Admiral Drake sat to overlook his fleet while in St. Thomas.

The view of Charlotte-Amalie Harbor from Drakes Seat

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.

Thomas Edison Started Working at Age Twelve

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Thomas Edison

Written By: Gary Wonning

Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He was the seventh and last child of Nancy and Samuel Ogden Edison.

Edison’s family moved to Port Huron  after the railroad bypassed Milan in 1854 and business declined. Beginning as early as age twelve, Edison sold candy and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit and sold vegetables to supplement his income.

Edison obtained the exclusive right to sell newspapers on the road, and, with the aid of four assistants, he set in type and printed the Grand Trunk Herald, which he sold with his other papers. This began Edison‘s long streak of entrepreneurial ventures, as he discovered his talents as a businessman.

thomas edison plaque

Plaque honoring Thomas in Port Huron Michigan

Thomas Edison, like many other successful people,  began his working career at a very early age. He began at an age many would consider a child today and too young to work. In reality, in today’s world, if something of this nature would become known, child protective services would be called and not only would he be made to stop, but the parents would be prosecuted as well.

In this day and age, many kids his age roam freely and have nothing to do, thereby they get into all kinds of trouble, not having an outlet for their creativity.

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Port Huron to Detroit train

Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to not only themselves but society as well to let them begin life early, do something productive and become an asset to society than have them roaming the neighborhoods creating havoc?

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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