People visit Bok Towers in Florida to listen to the amazing carillon played by world renown muscians while strolling through the beautiful gardens. The gardens also contain a wide variety of wonderful sculptures by artists from around the world. This one caught my eye and fit perfectly in the garden landscape.
After being in Florida for a few months the excitement of seeing palm trees everywhere wears off. This is especially true in Tampa this year where they are literally putting Palm Trees everywhere due to the IIFA being held at Raymond James Stadium. They are trying to make the whole area look like Bollywood. However, I only saw this sort of palm in a couple of places. It is called a Sago Palm and I saw them at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo and this one on a walkway at Bok Towers.
During our hiatus in Florida we had the pleasure of making a new dog friend. This is Sam, a ten month old Golden Retriever of my Tampa friends. I never knew they came in white! He is the friendliest and mellowest 10 month old puppy I ever met. Our friends are planning to mate him with their daughter’s puppy Rosie who is only six months old so it will be a while. Rosie is a beautiful feisty six month old chocolate colored retriever. They should make beautiful puppies together and we have put our claim on one, but we are not at the top of the list. This is Sam relaxing by his pool.
The bad part about The Ringling in Sarasota Florida is that there is too much to see in one day. After touring the Circus Museum, The Gardens and The Art Museum finally made it to the Gulf and to Ca’Da’ Zan which is the house that John and Mabel Ringling lived in. We were too late to tour the inside of the house so we will have to return to see it. If the inside is a miraculous as the tile work on the outside, it will be worth the wait.
For those of you that follow this blog you know that I have been trying to raise awareness and hopefully support for a unique Wolf Sanctuary in Naples Florida. .The Shy Wolf Sanctuary rescue wolves that have been bred or purchased as pets and then abused or abandoned. The sanctuary is the one of the only wolf sanctuaries in the USA where you can actually interact with these beautiful wild animals. The sanctuary is totally supported by donations and merchandise sales. The staff is made up completely of volunteers. Plan a trip while in south Florida for a real wildlife encounter. Buy a T-Shirt, help a wolf!
These are some images that I have not published from our trip there in January 2014.
The Ringling in Sarasota Florida is a collection of Museums and Gardens not to be missed. There are so many attractions that you will want to return for a second day. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is an excellent art museum providing hours of thought provoking viewing. The Circus Museum has the most impressive model railroad I have ever seen reflecting the Circus of the 1900’s. The museum is also filled with memorabilia like this clown head form the 1800’s. Imagine wearing this in a parade. Notice the air/eye grid in the center of the head.