Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bok Tower Gardens


We stopped by Bok Tower Gardens on our trip to Florida last winter. I finally decided to share the beauty and brighten a cold Minnesota day. This is the famous Singing Tower (60 bell) carillon. Bok Gardens was founded by the successful publisher and author Edward W. Bok.  His grandmother told him to, “Make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it” 

And indeed he did.


The morning light in the gardens was so pretty.  They were first resurrected on this sandy soil in 1921.  And it opened to the public in 1929.


Let's sit awhile...


And wander around...



It's also a bird sanctuary. There are 126 bird species here.


I think this species looks goofy!  It must be his eye ball.


A lovely painted bunting.


The majestic golden door of the tower.


Bok Gardens is on one of the highest points in Florida at 298 feet.  It's worth a visit for the beauty, birds and the chocolate muffins at the cafe! 


21 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely place to visit. Pretty shot of the tower! I would love to see all of these birds too. Lovely photos! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely selection of birds and I also love the tower. Have a lovely weekend.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The garden looks amazing and I love the birds you saw.

DJan said...

Beautiful! And I think that one bird looks goofy, too. But what great pictures! :-)

Caren Gittleman said...

gorgeous! Especially so when it is snowing like crazy outside here!

Anni said...

Wonderful area. I can see why you'd agree he made the world a better place......for us all who visit. Beautiful.

And the birds...excellent captures [that 'goofy one' is a towhee I believe - one I want to find here and photograph some day]

Thanks for sharing your link today at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Always fun to see so many different, beautiful birds from around the world.

Shey Wicklund said...

Great collection of photos. Love the eastern towhee and painted bunting!

Betsy Brock said...

I think it would be so fun to visit a bird sanctuary! Looks warm there! We have snow here in Ohio! Brr!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a splendid place! You got wonderful photos.

Anne said...

It does look like a beautiful place! So peaceful. You took some great pictures to treasure.

Hilary said...

Looks like a great spot.. lovely architecture.. goofy and pretty birds.. and chocolate muffins. What more could one want?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great pics! I wish we had painted buntings around here. So pretty!
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Irma said...

What a lovely place to visit.
A lovely selection of birds, and I also love the tower.
Best regards, Irma

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful place! and great shot of the painted bunting!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh wow-- what beautiful places you get to visit!
love
tweedles

Maggid said...

i think i'd like to sit on that bench and enjoy a carillon concert . . .

ladyfi said...

Wow - that golden door is fabulous! And what lovely gardens.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Beautiful pictures, and i so agree to his grandmother's advice... We must al give back to the society/world!!! :)

Linda Hensley said...

Ohio has gotten tons and tons of snow the last couple of days. It's really nice to see such beautiful pics of sunshine when I'm dreading going out in the cold. Spring will come again!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We really enjoyed our visit there (around Christmas time)...but didn't see any birds (there were a million people). So I like your post better!

Stewart M said...

Great looking place - bells always remind me of Sunday fishing trips as a kid - there was a Church on the other side of the river from where I fished.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne