Tuesday, November 30, 2010

One of Punta Gorda's Gorgeous Hibiscus

Punta Gorda's Flower taken at the History Park  when you can find remarkable examples of this lovely tropical plant.  

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sunset over Punta Gorda Isles

Waited to catch this gull flying into an Orange and Yellow Sunset over PGI last night.  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Swirl of Lights around Pond at Fishermen's Village

Liked this swirl of Christmas lights outside the Village last night!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Beginning to Look Like Punta Gorda Christmas

Christmas Season is here in Punta Gorda, and most of our pictures here until Christmas will be about Christmas in Punta Gorda.  This is a view down Taylor Street with the lampposts adorned with giant lighted snowflakes and wrapped in glitter. 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Punta Gorda's Christmas Tree is Here!

Punta Gorda's Christmas Tree on Marion Avenue awaiting decorations and Friday night lighting ceremony.  
    
    

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Old Punta Gorda Christmas - Front Pages of the Punta Gorda Herald from Early 20th Century

Front Pages at Christmas from Early 20th Century Punta Gorda Herald Issues -- Vernon Peeples Collection

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Up on the Roof -- Looking down on Jacks in Punta Gorda

A different view of Jack's Restaurant and Bar.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Boat heading out at Sunset onto the Peace River

Friend John captured this photo of boater heading out near sunset.  

Monday, November 22, 2010

Punta Gorda at Night Downtown

Punta Gorda at Night from taken from the Sunloft Building -- views of Couthouse, and Wyvern in background

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday at the History Park

On any given Sunday the Farmers' Market and More at the History Park in Punta Gorda

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sunset Behind Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda

Sunset behind Fishermen's Village taken from Benedettos Tiki Bar

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tapas One (now Trabue) Nightly Lit Tropical Garden

Tapas One Outdoor Seating in Lovely Lit Garden

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Water Fountain Postcard from "Postcards in Time" Mural in Punta Gorda

 The first postcard on the "Postcards in Time" mural depicts  the fountain that was located in the center of Marion Avenue.  The mural was orignally created in 2001, destroyed in Hurricane Charley, and later recreated in the same location on the east side of the building at the northern corner of Nesbitt and Taylor (where the Encore Tea Room is located).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Florida Panther Sign in Front of Punta Gorda City Hall

Florida Panther Sign in Front of Punta Gorda City Hall 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

View of Retta Esplanade Looking East

View of Retta Esplanade in Punta Gorda looking East

Monday, November 15, 2010

Site of Hotel Punta Gorda -- The Sign

Sign indicating where the site of the old Hotel Punta Gorda was located later named the Hotel Charlotte Harbor.  Site was where what we now refer to as City Marketplace is -- the parking lot is the only thing there now on Marion across from River City Grill.  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bee Descends on Tropical Bougainvillea in Punta Gorda Garden

Bee descends on bougainvillea flower in Punta Gorda garden


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Birds in a Bush...Pelicans Rest in Mangroves off Charlotte Harbor

Pelicans in Mangroves off Charlotte Harbor near Punta Gorda

Friday, November 12, 2010

Not Quite Treehouse in Historic Area Garden Yard

Wandering in  Historic Area Admiring Lovely Garden Yards -- Here's one with a not-quite treehouse.  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

For Veteran's Day "Lest We Forget" Punta Gorda Historic Mural

"Lest We Forget" Veterans Garden Mural by Liz Hutchinson.  
The mural was appropriately dedicated in a Commemorative Veterans Ceremony on Veterans Day (November 11) 2005 at the KIWANIS Veterans Garden in Laishley Park. It was a replica of the original mural on the old Punta Gorda post office.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Birds Hanging out Near the Harbor

Seagulls love to chirp with one another on the seawall lining Gilchrist Park 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Hinckley-Harvey House -- One of the Oldest Houses in Punta Gorda (1887)


 
The Hinckley-Harvey House (here labelled on the sign as the Harvey House owned by the McCauley Family) on Retta Esplanade is one of the earliest homes built in Punta Gorda. Mr. Hinckley was a merchant, banker and freight shipper.   His widow married Kelly B. Harvey, the surveyor who platted the town of Trabue (incorporated in 1887 as the city of Punta Gorda).

Monday, November 8, 2010

View of the Harbor and 41 Bridge from Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda

Blue Water under cerulean sky -- with a view of the 41 Bridge.  

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nearly Century Old First United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda

Nearly Century-old First United Methodist Church  in the heart of Punta Gorda's historic district was established in 1886, building erected in 1912.  

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lovely Garden in Historic District in Punta Gorda

Private Garden in Historic Area of Punta Gorda 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ponce Points Up to the Skies over Punta Gorda

Ponce De Leon Statue in Gilchrist Park.  He seems to know he found a great place.  

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Storm Clouds Gather

Storm brings needed rain to our tropical lands

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Vined Canopy provides shade on Downtown Punta Gorda Street

Walking in Downtown Punta Gorda -- A lovely tropical street Garden

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Even the Dog Houses Have Air-Conditioning in Punta Gorda

Even the dog houses have air-conditioning in our tropical climate!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Exotic Sausage Tree Blooms in Downtown Punta Gorda



This exotic tree has large sausage-like pods hanging from stalks -- hence its name.  The blood-red flowers of the sausage tree bloom at night on long, ropelike stalks hang down from the limbs of this tropical tree.
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