Warmth In Winter

I was thankful to spend Thanksgiving in Florida. That’s because while it was getting chill here in Virginia the weather was perfect there. The Sunshine State is a strange place full of natural loveliness and so many new urban areas that it often seems like there are only two times: now and the future.

We landed on the West coast and spend time in Naples. After that we drove across the narrow peninsula and arrived on the other coast in Stuart. It was fun to visit both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic in back to back days. We saw a sunset over a beach and the next day a sunrise. You can’t really beat that.

On this trip I visited two wonderful gardens. The Naples Botanical Gardens were pristine with tropical plants from many areas of the world. After being in gloomy fall weather to see the visual pop of colorful flowers was fantastic.

On the other coast was the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Finding this in Florida feels a bit strange but there is a compelling story about why an elderly Japanese-American man donated the land for this endeavor. You can find it on their web site.

As usual I took way too many pictures and it took forever to sort them out. I’ve included a few from the trip here and I hope you enjoy them.

  1. December 3, 2010, 10:39 am

    Next time you are in Florida you need to go to Selby Gardens in Sarasota – oh and old structures are all THAT rare – our house is almost 100 years old.

    1. TAO
      December 20, 2010, 9:10 am

      Thanks for the tip! Next time I’ll try and visit.

  2. Bea
    December 3, 2010, 8:21 pm

    Those textures and details…are the reasons why I love Oriental gardens and structures. 😀

    1. TAO
      December 20, 2010, 9:10 am

      Those gardens are wonderfully peaceful and comfortable too.

  3. December 15, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Such lovely photos. Makes me wonder why I’m sitting here in the cold waiting to be made into a snow woman. Thanks for link to the Japanese Gardens.

    1. TAO
      December 20, 2010, 9:03 am

      I wonder about the cold every day in the winter. 🙂 Glad you liked the pics.

  4. AJ
    December 30, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Stunning photos, as always. Nice to see a stone pagoda and a rock garden there in FL. Happy new year, TAO!

    1. TAO
      January 2, 2011, 11:16 pm

      Always a pleasure to have you here AJ. Thanks for the nice comments. I love Asian gardens…so peaceful.