Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens

Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens is a project of Dr. Ray Webber.  We were told that when he retired, he bought a piece of property near Williston, Florida, which contained an old limestone quarry.  Initially, he built a house and thought of the quarry as his back yard - a fishing hole, a place to relax.  But as you can see what started out as a relatively modest project became something else altogether.

We had never heard of it before partly because Dr. Webber opened it to the public just three years ago.  But my interest was piqued when I read a magazine article which featured the place.

Unfortunately, we are in dry spell and the water levels are low as you can see by the marks on the limestone walls.  In fact it's been as dry as the mouth of a cowboy who spent all day on the trail and all night on the town.  (I just made that up and liked it.  I apologize if I've offended any cowboys or cowgirls).

I think we'll visit Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens again in the future after we've had some rain and the water levels have risen to their normal height.











If you're interested in seeing more of this beautiful place, please check out our slide show on L & L Photography which contains a total of 60 plus pictures.

You can access the Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens website HERE.

23 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Wow, what a place.

bill burke said...

Beautiful, a nice hideaway. I can see why he didn't open it to the public until a few years ago.

William Kendall said...

Quite idyllic!

Lois said...

What an interesting place Lowell! I'm so glad you found it. I especially like those palms trees growing on that limestone island in the fourth shot. I will definitely check out your other photos.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Now that's living!

Janis
GDP

Kay said...

Dry indeed but it looks like it's quite a wonderful place to visit. Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island started its life as a quarry and has turned into a world class destination. This one has similar promise.

Linda said...

Gorgeous, Lowell....magical! I love places like this! Thank you so much for sharing.

Gosia k said...

Fantastic place

Small City Scenes said...

Wow it is very pretty and quite an ambitious undertaking. I would love to see it too.

As to my comment on your previous blog: I knew you would mention the alligators but I still think that is what she might be thinking---sans alligators of course. I am not a just sit and contemplate my belly button type of old lady.
Also you commented on the year 1953---you were a junior in HS I believe you said well I graduated 8th grade that year. So now we know!!
MB

Halcyon said...

It certainly is beautiful! A photographer's paradise, I imagine. :)

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Um belo e magnifico jardim, gosto do aspecto oriental do jardim.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

Marleen said...

Even though the water levels are low fortunately everything looks green. What a wonderful area!

Francisco Emanuel said...

Um jardim muito belo.
Um abraço.
Autografos Futebol

Karl Demetz said...

A magnificent place, Lowell !

Tanya Breese said...

what a beautiful place this is! i'll send some of our rain down to ya!

Sharon Anck said...

Fantastic slide show and gorgeous photos here. this place sort of reminds me of Boyce Thompson Arboretum up by Superior here. I posted about it on my travel site here: http://sharonssojourns.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-garden-legacy.html
This really is a great find and it looks like a place to be visited again and again.
I bet you are thinking of Encanto Park and not Papago Park for your diving practice. Encanto Park has a huge swimming facility but Papago Park only has the lagoon which I can't imagine swimming in.

orvokki said...

This is wonderful and beautiful garden. An photos are lovely.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Even with the low water levels it's a lovely spot Lowell, the red bridge over the water will be even better reflected after the rains. Our water levels in the dams are pretty low also.. if only the weather gods could spread it around more evenly 😀😀

magiceye said...

Garden of Eden!

Gunn said...

Looks so beautiful. I like the Asian style/ Japanese garden style.
Thanks for sharing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I will go look at that slide show -- from these pics it certainly looks like a place to go on my 'To Be Visited' list. It has been raining like crazy the last couple of days here in FM ... we need it too. Hope you're getting some over there as well.

stardust said...

How beautiful and soothing! I like to stroll around this kind of place. One thing I wonder is whey there is a “tori”, a gate to “Shinto Shrine” (nature worship, Japanese native religion), a boundary between secular and divine places.

Have happy and healthy days ahead with your family, Lowell.

Yoko

stardust said...

Hi, Lowell! Excuse me for my typo. “Torii” is correct, not “tori”. Your explanation led me to this thought that the creator of Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens might have wanted to pay respect to nature where numerous gods reside like in rocks, brooks, mountains, trees,.. and so on.

Yoko

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson