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Florida - April 2004

Steve & March

Florida Trip, April 2004

Updated: Oct 04, 2007 8:46pm PST

FTBG / September 2, 2007 : <a href="http://www.fairchildgarden.org/" target="_blank"> Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden</a> in Coral Gables, Florida is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Established in 1938, the 83-acre garden is among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant research, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment.

FTBG / September 2, 2007

Denise

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida is one of ...

Updated: Sep 08, 2007 11:48am PST

Key West : Visit to The Keys

Key West

sprockit

Visit to The Keys

Updated: Jul 07, 2007 1:17am PST

Lion Country Safari / February 5, 2005 : Located in Loxahatchee, FL, <a href="http://www.lioncountrysafari.com/" target="_blank"><b>Lion Country Safari</b></a> is America's first drive-through cageless zoo.  It has been a leader in conservation since 1967. Lion Country Safari provides a habitat in which many endangered or threatened species live and reproduce.

Lion Country Safari / February 5, 2005

Denise

Located in Loxahatchee, FL, Lion Country Safari is America's first dri ...

Updated: May 29, 2007 2:07pm PST

Florida/Eastern Caribbean - April / May 2004 : <b>APRIL-MAY, 2004</b>

<b>Miami, Florida:</b>  Jungle Island (formerly Parrot Jungle Island); the Falls Shopping Center

<b>Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean:</b>  Ports of Call:  Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Coco Cay, Bahamas

Florida/Eastern Caribbean - April / M...

Denise

APRIL-MAY, 2004 Miami, Florida: Jungle Island (formerly Parrot Jungl ...

Updated: May 28, 2007 1:44pm PST

Florida Getaway : Our late winter trip to Florida in March 2007.  Destinations included Miami Beach, the Everglades, the Keys, Sarasota and Naples.

Florida Getaway

John

Our late winter trip to Florida in March 2007. Destinations included ...

Updated: Mar 16, 2007 8:38pm PST

Miccosukee Inidian Village / February 3, 2007 : The Miccosukee story has been a story of survival through adaptation.  They originally belonged to the Creek Confederacy; however, they migrated to Florida before it became part of the United States.  During the Indian Wars of the 1800s, most of the Miccosukee were removed to the West, but a few families escaped and hid in the Everglades.  They now number about 500 people.  In order to escape the soldiers during the 1800s, the Miccosukees spread out through the Everglades with only one large family to a tree island, or hammock, as they call it.  They used to travel by dugout canoes to hunt, visit each other, or trade.  Some of the old canoes, each hollowed from a single cypress log, are displayed in the village.  One canoe took almost two years to carve but they lasted a long time.

The Miccosukees never settled in one community like the Indians on reservations in the West.  They have always been rather independent.  They stayed to themselves in the Everglades for about 100 years, resisting efforts to make them like everybody else, but when the highway, Tamiami Trail, was built in the 19230s, the Miccosukees started to accept some of the new world's concepts.  In 1962, The Miccosukees were federally recognized as an Indian Tribe, thus separating Miccosukee from the Seminole Tribe.  The tribe now has complete education, health and public safety departments, which combine appropriate aspects of Indian and nonIndian practices. Through all these changes, the Miccosukees have kept their own identity and language.  They still celebrate their Green Corn Dance each spring.  In that sacred ceremony, the clans get together and for four days, they sing and dance and celebrate the gift of the corn that renews them and is the secret of their tribal strength.  Their Indian medicine knowledge remains strong, and the young people are educated in the Miccosukee traditional folklore.

Miccosukee Inidian Village / February...

Denise

The Miccosukee story has been a story of survival through adaptation. ...

Updated: Mar 05, 2007 3:57pm PST

Chihuly at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden / January 20, 2007 : The <b>Chihuly at Fairchild</b> exhibition returned and was on exhibit once again throughout <a href="http://www.fairchildgarden.org/" target="_blank"> Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden</a> from December 9, 2006, to May 31, 2007.

World renowned artist Dale Chihuly is making an unprecedented return to Fairchild with a new and expanded installation of his magnificient art.  The 2007 exhibition marks the first time Dale Chihuly has ever exhibited in the same location twice.  

Dale Chihuly is most frequently lauded for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement by expanding its original premise of the solitary artist working in a studio environment to encompass the notion of collaborative teams and a division of labor within the creative process. However, Chihuly's contribution extends well beyond the boundaries of both this movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general.

Chihuly at Fairchild Tropical Botanic...

Denise

The Chihuly at Fairchild exhibition returned and was on exhibit once a ...

Updated: Feb 18, 2007 9:45am PST

Miami MetroZoo / January 24, 2004  and July 3, 2005 : Located in Miami, FL, Miami MetroZoo, now known as <a href="http://www.zoomiami.org/" target="_blank"> Zoo Miami</a>, is a cageless zoo where animals roam in settings similar to their natural habitats.  It is the only zoo in the United States in a subtropical climate.

Photos one through eight are my first attempt at digital photography.  I decided to take the plunge and went from using a Canon AE1 to a Sony Cybershot.  I have since graduated to a Canon Rebel XTi - and I must admit, it was a bit traumatic at first and I'm still learning.  

Bird photos numberered 36 through 60 are found in the "Wings of Asia" exhibit.

I have attempted to put the conservation status in the description of each animal and bird.  If there isn't any, that means the beautiful creature is considered "Least Concern" - for now.

Miami MetroZoo / January 24, 2004 an...

Denise

Located in Miami, FL, Miami MetroZoo, now known as Zoo Miami, is a ca ...

Updated: Oct 17, 2006 1:32pm PST

FTBG / July 8, 2006 : <a href="http://www.fairchildgarden.org/" target="_blank"> Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden</a> in Coral Gables, Florida is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Established in 1938, the 83-acre garden is among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant research, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment.

FTBG / July 8, 2006

Denise

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida is one of ...

Updated: Jul 09, 2006 11:20am PST