Recently I took several photos of the lone white swan whose home is the aptly named Swan Lake in Pinecrest Gardens (Miami, Florida). Isn't he a handsome fellow?
See my previous post here for more information on the location where these were taken.
|Pinky the cockatoo. Image credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory|
|Image credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory|
|Vintage Parrot Jungle postcard - circa 1950s|
|Entrance to the former Parrot Jungle, now Pinecrest Gardens, in 2013|
|Vintage Parrot Jungle postcard, credit: Curt Teich & Co.|
The name has changed, but the overall look of the entrance is much the same as it was over a decade ago.
|At the entrance you'll be welcomed by koi and water lilies|
|This pretty, tiled bench is located at the entrance to the park.|
|Empty cages still remain -- reminders of a bygone era.|
|Along the nature trail|
|The Banyan tree that was planted in the center of the park in 1947 has since spread to cover 3/4 of an acre!|
|That's me in April, 2013, in one of the beautiful coral rock structures on the property|
That's me above (with much darker hair) in the mid-90s, in the same spot.
|A picturesque venue for parties and showers|
|Time for a sun bath|
|A small colony of cats roam throughout the property|
|Lavender water lilies|
Love the way the light shines through these orchids.
|A Solution Hole! I wonder if it's anything like a wishing well? If I drop a penny into the hole maybe it will give me a solution to my problems? Hmm...What exactly is a Solution Hole?|
|After a bit of research on the National Park Service's website I learned that solution holes are depressions that form in limestone bedrock that has broken down over time as a result of the anaerobic decomposition of leaves, branches and flowers. One of the solution holes on these grounds is believed to be around 30,000 years old!|
|The interesting woody projections you see here are called "Cypress knees" and are seen in some trees grown in swamps|
|I like the iron scrollwork on these vintage light fixtures|
|Over 1,000 types of exotic tropical plants and flowers can be found throughout the garden.|
|A glimpse of the edge of the Parrot Bowl|
|Macaws and cockatoos perform in the original Parrot Bowl.|
Image credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
|The famous "Sausage Tree" -- named for its sausage shaped fruit (which happen to be missing in this photo)|
|Love these hanging lamps--they must look magical after dark.|
|These fellows are feasting on some of the fish food that is available for purchase at the entrance|
|Just outside of the gardens is the Whilden-Carrier Cottage, an example of the type of cottage that the first settlers in rural Dade County lived in during the early twentieth century.|
|On Sundays Pinecrest Gardens hosts an outdoor farmers market, with all kinds of tasty food, fruits and vegetables, and fresh flowers.|