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

Florida Getaway


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.

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Updated: Mar 05, 2007 3:57pm PST

Chihuly at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden / January 20, 2007 : The <b>Chihuly at Fairchild</a></b> exhibition returned and was on exhibit once again throughout <a href="http://www.ftg.org/index.html"  target="_blank"> <b>Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden</a></b> 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.

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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, <b>Miami MetroZoo</b>, now known as <a href="http://www.zoomiami.org/" target="_blank"> <b>Zoo Miami</b></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...


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.ftg.org/index.html"  target="_blank"> <b>Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden</a></b> 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


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

Updated: Jul 09, 2006 11:20am PST

Epcot / April 9, 2006 : Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 1982. It was conceived by Walt Disney to "take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry." This concept is best exemplified by Spaceship Earth, the glistening geosphere that has become Epcot's icon. 

Epcot consists of two themed areas, <b><i>Future World</i></b> and <b><i>World Showcase</i></b>. <b><i>Future World</i></b> features attractions that focus on energy, communication, health, the land and our environment, the ocean, imagination, transportation and space exploration. 

Centered around a beautiful reflective lagoon is Epcot's <b><i>World Showcase</i></b>. Eleven countries are represented, each providing fascinating glimpses into their unique culture. Strolling from one land to another, you'll find yourself immersed in the distinct atmosphere that each country offers. 

Every evening, Epcot presents <b><i>IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth</i></b>. This spectacular presentation is centered around the World Showcase Lagoon where fireworks, lasers and dancing fountains combine in a choreographed display performed to an inspirational musical score.

Epcot / April 9, 2006


Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, opened in 198 ...

Updated: Jul 04, 2006 6:58pm PST

Fort Christmas -  Christmas / April 12, 2006 : On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama Volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named, <a href="http://www.nbbd.com/godo/FortChristmas/"  target="_blank"> <b>Fort Christmas</a></b>. This fort was only one of over 200 forts built during the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835 - 1842. The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian Wars.

Fort Christmas - Christmas / April 1...


On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army Soldiers and Alabama ...

Updated: Jul 04, 2006 3:55pm PST

Kennedy Space Center - Astronauts Hall of Fame  / April 12, 2006 : Since the dawn of space flight, John F. Kennedy Space Center has been at the forefront of America's ongoing adventure in space. From here, NASA has launched heroic astronauts and cutting-edge spacecraft on bold missions to Earth orbit, the moon and the universe beyond.  Established as NASA's Launch Operations Center on July 1, 1962, the center was renamed in honor of the nation's 35th president following his death. His vision to land astronauts on the moon within that decade inspired and challenged the agency. Today, as NASA begins a new era in exploration, that spirit continues to guide the center to new heights.

Kennedy Space Center - Astronauts Hal...


Since the dawn of space flight, John F. Kennedy Space Center has been ...

Updated: Jul 04, 2006 2:51pm PST

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Updated: Jun 10, 2006 6:52am PST

J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge - Sanibel / April 7, 2006 : The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/dingdarling/"  target="_blank"> <b>J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge</a></b> was established in 1945.  Jay Norwood Darling was instrumental in the effort to block the
sale of a parcel of environmentally valuable land to developers on Sanibel Island. At Darling’s urging, President Harry S. Truman signed an Executive Order creating the Sanibel National Wildlife Refuge in 1945. It is located on the subtropical barrier island of Sanibel in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States and is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations. The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge was created to safeguard and enhance the pristine wildlife habitat of Sanibel Island, to protect endangered and threatened species, and to provide feeding, nesting, and roosting areas for migratory birds. Today, the refuge provides important habitat to over 220 species of birds. J. N. "Ding" Darling is one of over 540 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Updated: May 18, 2006 4:18pm PST