Monday, March 19, 2018

Kraft Azalea Park



We finally visited Kraft Azalea Park in posh, Winter Park, Florida. Getting there is half the fun, since the homes along the route are palatial - my mouth was agape the whole time. I've always been a sucker for residential grandeur. Plus, the park was beautiful too. The towering Cypress trees were dripping with moss. 











Look at this texture! 


An Osprey above.


There were tufted treasures in sky - nesting white egrets! It was hard to get a good photo, since they were actively building nests and fluffing their regal feathers, but I captured a few good ones...





"Look at me!"

Did you know it's the year of the bird? 100 years ago, in 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed. It is considered one of the most important bird protection laws ever. I'm so happy to see these regal feathers happily flying in a tree, instead of decaying in a hat box.  



And then there were the bright pink Azaleas. What took us so long? 


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27 comments:

DJan said...

Oh just beautiful!, :-)

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Beautiful post, love azaleas. Can't believe I have never made it to this garden. Can't be that far from me. Adding it to my list.

DUTA said...

The azalea flowers and the white birds are good enough reasons to visit the park and take photos. Lovely!

Fun60 said...

The egret is the star of the show.

Joyful said...

Stunning!

NC Sue said...

The osprey photos are outstanding!
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Lady Fi said...

Oh my -- so very pretty!

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) The "LOOK AT ME" picture is breathtaking. Beautiful architectural, texture, and flower shots, but the White Egrets are my favourites.:)

elizabeth said...

What beautiful captures!

Anu said...

Great photos of the egret!

Pea bea said...

Enjoyed seeing all that you shared with Pictorial Tuesday. Look at Me is my favorite. Great capture. How awesome your artwork and congrats on the new book coming out with your artwork. I'm always in awe of those who can paint and draw. :)

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Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

I love that texture on the tree! Gorgeous! Have a lovely week!

A Colorful World said...

Absolutely stunning shots! Wow! Such a beautiful place, and captured by you so beautifully! A wonderful place to visit in spring!

betty-NZ said...

What a fantastic place! I love the bright colors you captured and that egret is simply beautiful.

Angie said...

Omigosh! I loved the shots looking up at the sky and the 'architecture'. We need more shots like this! And then the egrets!!! Who wouldn't be attracted to that display? Thank you!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, those egrets really do put on an impressive show! Have a great weekend.

italiafinlandia said...

Hello,
How graceful that egret!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I love your photos. That egret looks so happy, as do the azaleas. The colors and texture of the tree, awesome!

Jan Robinson said...

Gosh, I've never seen Egrets display their tail feathers like that. I love the beauty of grand gardens too.

Jill said...

I've not been to the Azalea Park but I absolutely love Winter Park. What a fun little place. Going to have to give the Azalea Park a try.

Linda Hensley said...

I need a trip. Beautiful photos. I can almost smell the flowers :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Azaleas and osprey, and beautiful houses. A drive doesn't get much better than that, does it? Your photos are fabulous.
Kay
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co coya said...

The egret is the star of the show.


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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow those are beautiful pictures Sharon.... This place is going on my must visit list for next season. We don't even see azaleas in this part of Florida and I miss them. We enjoy ogling in those kind of neighborhoods too... have you noticed that you never see people around those homes (Unless they are obviously the garden crew)?

Stewart M said...

Those birds and flowers are just showing off! Nice.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Mother of 3 said...

That is so beautiful! Pinned.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos Sharon! Your photos always make it easy to get a feel of the places you visit.