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Bonnet House - Part Two [Jul. 13th, 2008|02:50 pm]
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(Continued from Part One.)
And now to continue, a bit late, with the grounds.

On the south end of the estate...

A lovely palm walk leads...

past the lagoon that runs the length of the grounds (even beyond that chickee you see in the distance)...

or on the other side, past these coral steps...

and this little summer gazebo with one of (several interchangeable) backdrops painted by Frederic Bartlett...

to this interesting... what would you call this?

In any case, it's lovely.

From there, a nature trail runs along the east side of the lagoon. Birds, like this woodpecker, are abundant.

Evidence that these nature trails really are, uh, natural. (Based on the teeth, I'm guessing this was one of the foxes that are known to reside on the property. Based on the proximity to the lagoon, I'm guessing it fell prey to a gator.)

Some other wildlife in the area of the lagoon:

(Notice the turtle the swan is checking out.)

Across the chickee bridge and back up the steps...

was the one place indoors they did let me photograph (through plexiglass) - the orchid show house.

Finally, as I was on my way out, one of the volunteers asked if I'd taken any pictures of the monkeys that live free on the grounds. (Evelyn Bartlett kept them as pets.) When I said I hadn't spotted them, he walked me over to where he'd last seen them and clicked his tongue.

Monkeys came out of the woodwork!

Another volunteer came over with some peanuts:

And the little guys came down for a snack.

And that concludes our tour of Bonnet House. Thank you for joining me!

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From: tigersvoice
2008-07-14 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: goodisrelative
2008-07-13 10:33 pm (UTC)
That place rocks and I am glad you finally got to it... and I can see why you wanted to go!
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From: tigersvoice
2008-07-14 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I did too. I wish I could've taken pictures inside though. That's a big part of what makes it so amazing. It's easy to see that the house belonged to two artists. The whole place is a fascinating combination of elegant and whimsical.
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[User Picture]From: goodisrelative
2008-07-14 11:13 pm (UTC)
I am sure. :-)
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[User Picture]From: creehawk
2008-07-15 04:44 pm (UTC)
Wooooooooooooow. That place makes me want to paint my house. And then design murals too! That's so amazing. I am not seriously considering it for my house! I'll have to see if the rest of the family will let me though. lol I am definitely doing that for my room! *glee*

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From: tigersvoice
2008-07-15 10:31 pm (UTC)


The murals are amazing, aren't they? The Bartletts had their paintings everywhere. (http://bonnethouse.org/galleries/house_gallery.html has some pictures of the inside of the house.) I just loved it.

When my brother was little, my dad built him a bunk bed that looked just like an old-fashioned fire engine. Then he painted a street/neighborhood mural all along the wall behind it. It was the coolest thing, and that's kind of what Bonnet House reminded me of, except for adults.
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