We grabbed a turkey wrap from the concession and now we are headed our separate ways – Christene to go shopping and me to go excavate my home from the wreckage known as "finals week" What a wonderful morning this was – definitely want to come here again!
Mr. Henry Ford vogues for us
ADDED FOR PHOTO FRIDAY: Great timing – I just finished touring the Edison-Ford Winter Estates here in Fort Myers, Florida. Henry Ford is generally acknowledged as the father of modern manufacturing, having pioneered use of the assembly line for the making of his automobiles. This statue lives on the Ford winter estate in Fort Myers, Florida, where he lived next door to other luminaries of his time (no pun intended… well maybe just a little) such as Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.
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This appears to be a children’s section of the garden, with contributions by various schools
Yeah, I know – it’s purple. No, I dunno why, either!
Another massive rubber tree, this time on the Ford side of the historic site. Another name for this tree is Brown Wooly Fig. It has been growing here since the 1920s
A great egret looks for lunch in the Caloosahatchee River. I’m getting closer to the Ford Estate now
I guess they don’t want anyone taking a dunk in the river without any lifeguards on duty LOL
Let’s see – palm. Pine, live oak, bamboo and strangler fig, all against the same beautiful Southwest Florida sky. Where’s better than here?
It’s a quarter mile long and really rickety! That’s what low tide on the Caloosahatchee looks like.
I see South American anoles everywhere in Florida. But the native Florida anole (entirely green) is a rare sight. There’s one living in my garage at the moment; he’s endangered and doesn’t try to come in, so he can stay, I guess
The audio tour device says this fig tree was planted in the 1920s as part of Edison and Ford’s experiments with making rubber
A small room off the caretaker’s house is filled with citrus fruits – it’s actually called a cracker house
This is near the swimming pool – in addition to experimental exotics, there are also lots of edibles here
The mango trees on the Edison Estate in Fort Myers are heavy with still-green fruits, but they’ll be ready to pick pretty soon, I reckon
Just outside the door of Edison’s little office building, this would be a great place for a night owl to "go to work" each night
There’s a "moonlight garden" outside, planted with fragrant, night-blooming things
I didn’t know poinciana came in a dwarf variety. I will have to investigate planting one of these on my front lawn. Look at that color!
This is a giant – one of the biggest I’ve seen. edison was always growing exotics for his experiments
Here’s what Edison saw when he sat on this wide back porch. That’s the Caloosahatchee River as it runs past McGregor Blvd. In Fort Myers.
Aka little baby oranges that are bitter. That’s a cinnamon tree in the background
We’re going across the street now to see the gardens and the river
This tree is … Well, you have to see it to believe how huge it is