Have you ever taken a ride on the famous glass bottom boats at Silver Springs?
Facebook fans David Lee McMullen and Patricia Wiggins Austin shared these photos with us and we want to see yours too!
We don’t like to admit it, but sometimes it gets a little chilly in Florida… and every once in a great while we even get a few magical flakes of snow.
It’s National Hat Day!
Hats are the perfect accessory to complete your outfit and shield you from the sun. So don your favorite and celebrate!
January is National Hobby Month! It’s the perfect time to keep that New Year’s Resolution and finish that quilt, collect those stamps, or hike that hill!
Baby New Year had a long night, so instead here’s a selection of baby photos to help usher in the rebirth of the year.
In late December 1947, Joe Steinmetz, along with family and friends, embarked from Fort Myers on a New Year’s cruise aboard the shantyboat Lazy Bones. The group motored up the Caloosahatchee River and into Lake Okeechobee, bound for Clewiston.
Joe, a world-renowned professional photographer, captured candid scenes from the splendid excursion. In the spirit of the intrepid travelers aboard Lazy Bones, get outside, take in the outdoors, and enjoy all the benefits of New Year’s in Florida.
The Joseph Janney Steinmetz Collection is just one of the remarkable photographic collections held by the State Archives of Florida.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a…
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”
Stumped about what to get your loved ones this holiday season? We’ve got a few ideas…
Make-up kits are perfect for toddlers. What could go wrong?
Little kids love alligators! Although, we’d suggest the fake plushy kind…
An underwater photography session? Make sure to include diving supplies!
Who doesn’t want an ostrich for a house pet?
Mom would love a nice, relaxing pedicure! We hear elephant trainers offer great rates…
You can get them a car that’s just like Dad’s… just not as fast.
The rattlesnake hat is all the rage.. somewhere.
Or, you can just get that box of oranges you’ve been promising for years…
But, seriously, if you really want to get that Florida lover in your life a GREAT present, remember that all of our photographs are available for ordering and make a wonderful addition to any home: http://www.floridamemory.com/photographiccollection/refpricelist.php.
Renowned botanist and author John K. Small (1869-1938) conducted seasonal fieldwork in the Florida Everglades for more than 30 years. Along the way he captured scenes of Seminole life in South Florida during the early 20th century – a period of great transition for modern Florida Indians.
In the early 1900s, Seminole families transitioned from a primarily trading-based economy to one that demanded greater engagement with wage labor. They also experienced firsthand the ecological changes, caused by drainage schemes, documented by pioneering naturalists such as J.K. Small.
Small’s best known work, From Eden to Sahara: Florida’s Tragedy (1929), cemented his legacy along with other prominent naturalist-authors who also drew their inspiration from the Florida landscape. J.K. Small’s contributions to the natural history of Florida stand firmly beside the likes of William Bartram, Bernard Romans, Archie Carr, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
The John K. Small Collection (M83-2), held by the State Archives of Florida, consists of correspondence and over 3,000 photographs reflecting his career as a botanist and his frequent contact with many leading scientists, explorers, and naturalists of his time including Oakes Ames, Roland M. Harper, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Lord Nathaniel Britton, David G. Fairchild, William Chambers Coker, Harold St. John, and Thomas A. Edison.
Approximately 2,100 of Small’s photographs are available on the Florida Memory website.
From daguerreotypes to digital images, the Florida Photographic Collection features examples that highlight the evolution of the photographic process. Along the way, photographers developed the ability to capture infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye. The process of infrared photography involves using specially formulated film, sensitive to the infrared portion of the spectrum.
Infrared photography is used to great advantage in landscape photography, lightening up foliage and darkening skies and bodies of water. This creates images with a sublime and often beautiful otherworldly look. When used in portrait photography, it gives skin tones a soft glowing texture, but it also darkens the irises of the subject’s eyes. This secondary effect makes infrared a less common tool for conventional portraiture.
Modern digital cameras are built with a filter to block infrared light and most of the infrared special effects seen today are made post-production with image editing programs. Many of the infrared images in the Florida Photographic Collection come from the Department of Commerce Collection, where the photographers used this technique to capture Florida’s natural landscape.