Bok Tower Gardens … Central Florida!


~~March 4, 2014~~

Bok Tower Gardens (also known as Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower) is a botanical garden and bird sanctuary, located north of Lake WalesFloridaUnited States.

It consists of a 250-acre (100 ha) garden, the 205-foot (62 m) tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center. The tower is built upon Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet (90 m) above sea level

It is a National Historic Landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bok Tower Gardens is open daily and an admission fee is charged.

Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower
Bok Tower, March 2008
Location 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake WalesFlorida USA
Coordinates 27°56′07.2″N 81°34′39″WCoordinates27°56′07.2″N 81°34′39″W
Built 1927-1929 by Mary Louise Curtis and Edward W. Bok
Architect Milton B. Medary (tower)
Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.(gardens)
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72000350
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 21, 1972
Designated NHL April 19, 199

~~History~~

The gardens began in 1921 when a Dutch immigrant, Edward W. Bok, editor of the popular women’s magazine Ladies Home Journal and his wife, Mary Louise Curtis Bok, who would found the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 1924, were spending the winter beside Florida‘s Lake Wales Ridge and decided to create a bird sanctuary on its highest hill (298 feet above sea level, 91 meters).

Bok commissioned noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. to transform what then was an arid sand hill into “a spot of beauty second to none in the country”. The first year was spent digging trenches and laying pipes for irrigation, after which soil was brought to the site by thousands of truck loads and plantings began. The Olmsted plan included the planting of 1,000 large live oaks, 10,000 azaleas, 100 sabal palms, 300 magnolias, and 500 gordonias, as well as hundreds of fruit shrubs including blueberry and holly.

Attempts were made to introduce flamingos to the sanctuary several times, which is why early renderings of the tower show flamingos at the reflection pool rather than swans. These early efforts were unsuccessful, however, as the flamingos were not native to central Florida and could not survive the winters that were cooler than those of southern Florida where they may be found.

Under construction for over five years, Bok Tower Gardens was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, 1929. Edward Bok died on January 9, 1930 and was interred at the base of the tower.

~~Gardens~~

Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. designed the meandering gardens of Bok Tower Gardens to feature acres of ferns, palms, oaks, pines, and wetland plants. The plantings also include camellias, tree ferns, creeping fig, yaupon and dahoon holly,Asiatic jasminejusticia, crinum and spider lilymonsterawax myrtle, date and sabal palmpapyrusphilodendron, blue plumbago, and horsetail rush (Juncaceae).

The site is a refuge for more than a hundred bird species. Wild turkey and groups of sandhill cranes are also often seen wandering the grounds.

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New footage of the incredible Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida during the spring bloom.

~~Singing Tower~~

~~The ornate brass door leading into Bok Tower and details of its stonework~~

The Singing Tower is the centerpiece of the gardens.

The tower was built at the highest elevation of the site, south of a reflection pool that allows the water to reflect its full image. A 60-bell carillon (cast by Taylor) set within the 205-foot (62 m) tall, Gothic Revival and Art Deco tower that was designed by architect Milton B. Medary.

Construction on the tower began in 1927 and was completed for the dedication of the gardens in 1929, when it was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge. The tower is 51 feet (16 m) square at its base, changing form at 150 feet (46 m) high to an octagon with 37 feet (11 m) sides that include sculptures designed by Lee Lawrie.

The tower is surrounded by a 15-foot (4.6 m) moat that serves as a Koi pond. It is built of pink Etowah marble and gray Creole marble, mined in Tate, Georgia, and Florida native coquina stone, from Daytona Beach, Florida.

Although the tower’s interior is not open to the public, it contains the Anton Brees Carillon Library, said to be the largest carillon library in the world. It also is home to the Chao Research Center Archives which keeps various institutional records related to Bok Tower. Every year,however, graduating seniors from Lake Wales High School, a local high school located down the street from the tower, have the very rare opportunity to see the inside of the tower.

Inside the bell chamber is a playing room that houses a clavier, or keyboard, that is used for playing the carillon bells. Recitals are given daily from the 60-bell carillon set.

~~Education~~

Bok Tower Gardens provides an authentic and engaging educational program directed towards many different types of learners. The mission of the Bok Tower Gardens Education Department is, “to connect and engage learners of all ages in quality programming that creates appreciation, knowledge and awareness of the environment, art, history and culture.”

Bok Tower Gardens Education Department works diligently to deliver five main educational values that include: advocacy of relevant education, accessibility for all learners, academic excellence, authentic learning experiences, and collaborative partnerships.

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All of the Education Department’s programs and field trips align with the Florida Sunshine State Standards and Polk County Curriculum Maps. The lessons presented in the Education Department’s curriculum guide cover academic areas such as science, nature, visual & performance arts, culture and history.

The curriculum guide was created to help students explore and discover Bok Tower Gardens before, during and after their trip. Students are able to learn detailed information about the gardens, the singing tower, Pinewood Estate and the Visitor Center that is contained within the curriculum guide.

Official Website: http://boktowergardens.org/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/boktowergardens

~~Bok Singing Tower and Gardens – Lake Wales, FL~~

Published on Jun 19, 2013

There are many great attractions in Central Florida.

But if you want to spend some time in a paradise, in the ‘American Taj Mahal‘, head south on US 27 off I-4 W toward Sebring until you come to Lake Wales then follow the signs to Bok Singing Tower and Gardens.

A National Historic Site, Bok Tower is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots in the nation.

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Award for “It Is What It Is” ….. Honored. Very humbly accept!!

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Being a Light in the world

I’m creating this Award to celebrate all those wonderful people in the World who spread Light, and Love and Hope and Peace in the name of All.  These bloggers should consistently promote these qualities and work to be a force for peace and light in the world.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who gives you the award
  2. Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light is spread
  3. Let your nominees know
  4. Never give up on your fellow human beings

And the very first nominees for the Being a Light in the World Award are:

  1. Dr. Rex
  2. Shaun
  3. HuntForTruth
  4. Inavukic
  5. Dear Kitty
  6. Mungai and the Goa Constrictor
  7. Quiall
  8. BusyMindThinking
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  10. PurpleRaysblog
  11. Al
  12. The Libertarian Hippie
  13. Moorbey
  14. The Unity of Souls
  15. Crowing Crone Joss
  16. CravesAdventure
  17. Cassidy Fraezee
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  20. OldPoet56
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  24. Professions for Peace

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Dolphins ‘should be recognised as non-human persons’


Excellent information!! Awesome animals!!

Official blog of Lara Lamberti

Dolphins and whales are so intelligent that they should be recognised as “non-human persons” and given their own bill of rights, researchers claim.

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By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent, in Vancouver

The animals have distinctive cultures, societies and personalities and are so complex that they should be considered in the same light as people, experts said.

Isolating dolphins and orcas in tanks at amusement parks is morally wrong because the animals are even more socially driven than humans, they added, while killing them is tantamount to murder.

The marine experts hope to persuade international authorities to enshrine in law the rights of cetaceans, a group of water-dwelling mammals which also includes porpoises.

Discussing their “declaration of rights” for cetaceans at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, an international team of researchers said the animals should have the same rights to life, liberty and wellbeing…

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Bloggers For Peace – Loving Thy Neighbor As Thyself


Love is the answer!!!

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

Have you ever had classes, such as algebra, and found that when school was finished, you forgot formulas because in your everyday life, you never used that part of math?

Many years ago a brother in Canada named Ken Sheck commented in forums on Compuserve.  That is how we met.  He shared something that sticks with me to this very day.  Man learns by doing.   From classrooms to the kitchen, to jobs — everything we learn comes by doing – exercising – practicing.  When it comes to love however, most of mankind makes the mistake of thinking that we learn love by receiving it and once receiving love, we then learn to love in return.

There is nothing that man has ever learned to do without doing it.

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There’s nothing new about a “selfie” ….


~~March 4, 2014~~

A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.

Selfies are often associated with social networking. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies“.

In August 2013 the Guardian produced a film series titled Thinkfluencer exploring selfie exposure in the UK.

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Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography, produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839 which is also one of the first photographs of a person. Because the process was slow he was able to uncover the lens, run into shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap.

He recorded on the back “The first light Picture ever taken, 1839.”

~~Early Edwardian woman taking her picture in a mirror roughly 1900~~

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia taking

one of the first teenage self-portraits
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The debut of the portable Kodak Brownie box camera in 1900 led to photographic self-portraiture becoming a more widespread technique. The method was usually by mirror and stabilizing the camera either on a nearby object or on a tripod while framing via a viewfinder at the top of the box. Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna at the age of 13 was one of the first teenagers to take her own picture using a mirror to send to a friend in 1914.

In the letter that accompanied the photograph, she wrote, “I took this picture of myself looking at the mirror. It was very hard as my hands were trembling.”

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~~Popularity~~

The term “selfie” was discussed by photographer Jim Krause in 2005, although photos in the selfie genre predate the widespread use of the term.

In the early 2000s, before Facebook became the dominant online social network, self-taken photographs were particularly common on MySpace. However, writer Kate Losse recounts that between 2006 and 2009 (when Facebook became more popular than MySpace), the “MySpace pic” (typically “an amateurish, flash-blinded self-portrait, often taken in front of a bathroom mirror”) became an indication of bad taste for users of the newer Facebook social network.

Early Facebook portraits, in contrast, were usually well-focused and more formal, taken by others from distance. In 2009 in the image hosting and video hosting website Flickr, Flickr users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenage girls. According to Losse, improvements in design — especially the front-facing camera copied by the iPhone 4 (2010) from Korean and Japanese mobile phones, mobile photo apps such as Instagram, and selfie sites such as ItisMee — led to the resurgence of selfies in the early 2010s.

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Initially popular with young people, selfies gained wider popularity over time. By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered selfie one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year; although selfies had existed long before, it was in 2012 that the term “really hit the big time”. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women age 18–35 take selfies — the most common purpose for which is posting on Facebook. 
A poll commissioned by smartphone and camera maker Samsung found that selfies make up 30% of the photos taken by people aged 18–24.

By 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. In November 2013, the word “selfie” was announced as being the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary, which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

Selfies have also taken beyond the earth. A space selfie is a selfie that is taken in space. This include selfies taken by astronauts, machines and by an indirect method to have self-portrait photograph on earth retaken in space.

In January 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics, a “Selfie Olympics” meme was popular on Twitter, where users took self-portraits in unusual situations. The spread of the meme took place with the usage of the hashtags#selfiegame, and #selfieolympics.

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On March 2, 2014, Ellen DeGeneres tweeted a group selfie while hosting the 86th Academy Awards ceremony. The selfie included Hollywood celebrities Jared LetoJennifer LawrenceChanning TatumMeryl StreepJulia RobertsKevin SpaceyBrad PittLupita and Peter Nyong’o, and Angelina Jolie and set a record as the most retweeted photo in the history of the service, with more than 1 million retweets.

~~I just think the following video is fun. Will embed here. Enjoy~~

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~~Oscar Selfie & Pizza~~

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Enjoy the humor of it all! 

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“Fat Tuesday” …. March 4, 2014!


~~March 4, 2014~~ 

Mardi Gras“, “Mardi Gras season“, “‘Fat Tuesday‘” and “Carnival season“, in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany or Kings day and culminating on the day before Ash WednesdayMardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.

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Celebrations in New Orleans, USA

Also calledShrove Tuesday, Fat TuesdayTypeculturalSignificanceCelebration prior to fasting season of Lent.CelebrationsParades, partiesDateday before Ash Wednesday, 47 days before Easter2013 dateFebruary 122014 dateMarch 42015 dateFebruary 172016 dateFebruary 9FrequencyannualRelated toShrove TuesdayCarnival,Shrove MondayAsh WednesdayLentMaslenitsa,Valentine’s Day

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Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition, as it is associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term “Mardi Gras” has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called “Mardi Gras Day” or “Titty Tuesday“. 

The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras.

In MobileAlabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving, then New Year’s Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times parades were held on New Year’s Day. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Quebec City, Canada; MazatlánSinaloa, Mexico; and New OrleansLouisianaSaint Louis Missouri, United States as well as the state of Goa in India, which is heavily populated with Roman Catholics.

Carnival is an important celebration in Anglican and Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called “shrovetide“, ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Many cities celebrate this tradition.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras

~~United States~~

Mardi Gras celebrants in the French Quarter of New Orleans, in the traditional colors of purple, green, gold, and especially white.

While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the pair to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiane, which included what are now the U.S. states of AlabamaMississippi, and Louisiana.

The expedition, led by Iberville, entered the mouth of the Mississippi River on the evening of March 2, 1699, Lundi Gras. They did not yet know it was the river explored and claimed for France by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle in 1683. The party proceeded upstream to a place on the west bank about 60 miles downriver from where New Orleans is today, and made camp.

This was on March 3, 1699, Mardi Gras, so in honor of this holiday, Iberville named the spot Point du Mardi Gras (French: “Mardi Gras Point”) and called the nearby tributary Bayou Mardi Gras. Bienville went on to found the settlement of Mobile, Alabama in 1702 as the first capital of French Louisiana. In 1703 French settlers in Mobile established the first organized Mardi Gras celebration tradition in what was to become the United States. 

The first informal mystic society, or krewe, was formed in Mobile in 1711, the Boeuf Gras Society. By 1720, Biloxi had been made capital of Louisiana. The French Mardi Gras customs had accompanied the colonists who settled there.

Knights of Revelry parade down Royal Street in Mobile during the Mardi Gras season.

In 1723, the capital of Louisiana was moved to New Orleans, founded in 1718. Mobile’s Cowbellion de Rakin Society was the first formally organized and masked mystic society in the United States to celebrate with a parade in 1830. The idea of mystic societies was exported to New Orleans in 1856 when six businessmen, three of whom were formerly of Mobile, gathered at a club room in New Orlean’s French Quarter to organize a secret society, inspired by the Cowbellion de Rakin Society, that would observe Mardi Gras with a formal parade.

They founded New Orleans’ first and oldest krewe, the Mistick Krewe of Comus. The tradition in New Orleans expanded to the point that it became synonymous with the city in popular perception, and embraced by residents of New Orleans beyond those of French or Catholic heritage. Mardi Gras celebrations are part of the basis of the slogan, Laissez les bons temps rouler.

(Let the good times roll). 

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Other cities along the Gulf Coast with early French colonial heritage, from Pensacola, Florida to Lafayette, Louisiana, have active Mardi Gras celebrations in balls. In the rural Acadiana area, many Cajuns celebrate with the Courir de Mardi Gras, a tradition that dates to medieval celebrations in France.

Catholic history of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Lent and Ash Wednesday

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~~Published on Jan 14, 2013~~

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The historical roots of Carnival and Mardi Gras lie in the Catholic calendar. It is the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

That’s why the enormous party in New Orleans, for example, ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday, with battalions of street sweepers pushing the crowds out of the French Quarter towards home.

Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The day is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from “shriven” “to confess”), Pancake Tuesday and fetter Dienstag. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up fat, eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins.

Carnival comes from the words carne vale, meaning “farewell to meat.” 

As noted above, “Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.”

“Rid yourself of sin”

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Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar, directly following Shrove Tuesday. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable feast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.

According to the canonical gospels of MatthewMark and LukeJesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays. As the Christian sabbath, Sundays are not included in the fasting period and are instead “feast” days during Lent.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.

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It’s my 1 year blog anniversary today!!! :)


My lil sis!!! She’s celebrating!!

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Hurray!!!

It’s my 1 year blog anniversary today!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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When WordPress informed me so kindly about this with this lovely pic:

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I was like:

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I honestly never would have thought that this whole blogging experience of mine would last a whole year!!!

I get bored pretty easily lol…

But it did and I am still doing it! Loving it!

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When I started blogging last year, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with a blog.

Just a little space to place my photos and a bit of my writings on I guess.

I wasn’t planning on showing you guys so much of me, so I started quite shy.

My First Blog Post 

As you can see, it’s in Dutch. Lol, how could I know most of you speak English around here? I had never blogged before and I didn’t really want to connect with people…

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