A small photo gallery of the many, many types of plant life I photographed while living in Central Florida in 2003. If you would like to learn more about the plants of this region, be sure to visit wildflorida.com .
One of the most beautiful things you will encounter in Central Florida is the sunsets, sunrises and storm clouds of the skies. Below are a few of the photos I took when we lived there in 2003 that celebrate the skies of Central Florida.
Central Florida is home to abundant assortment of wildlife. Everything from Alligators to Black Bear. Here is a small gallery of photos I took of the wildlife we came across in 2003 when we lived near Orlando.
Learn more about Central Florida’s wildlife at wildflorida.com
Another event our family attended in 2003 while living in Central Florida was the fun Strawberry Festival in Plant City [ flstrawberryfestival.com ]. Similar to a State Fair there were rides, concerts (we saw Ricky Skaggs the year we attended) and of course, the required food that most of us secretly crave. It was a good time for all!
Of course Disney isn’t the only game in town in Orlando – especially these days. Back when we lived there in 2003 the primary competition was Universal Studios. We lived less than 10 miles from Disney World though so we only actually made it to City Walk at Universal once – for our wedding anniversary : )
Here are a few photos from that visit.
Another small gallery from a trip my family made to Anna Maria Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast when we lived in Central Florida.
A few photos from a quick trip my family made to St. Petersburg, Florida when we lived in central Florida in 2003.
One day, while driving around exploring central Florida, my family came across a sign for a “Renaissance Faire” in Clermont, FL. We had never attended an event like this and decided “Why not”? My son had recently started playing the Mandolin and we thought this might be really interesting for him.
It turned out that it was a great event that the whole family enjoyed. I don’t know if this community still holds the event, I believe this was their first year, but I know the band we fell in love with there still travels and performs. Their name is “The Empty Hats” and you can learn more about them at their website: emptyhats.com Check them out!!
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse [ponceinlet.org] is Florida’s tallest lighthouse (second tallest in the country) and is a designated National Historic Landmark. It’s located close to Daytona Beach and Orlando so you should consider adding it to your itinerary when you visit these locations.
My photo gallery includes pictures of the lighthouse, the famous Fresnel Lenses and the grounds which include a wonderful little museum.