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Jacaranda Tree on Genius Drive

The past two Sunday’s it has been my pleasure to take part in The Genius Drive Nature Preserve Bird Survey. It has been 26 years since I have been there. It is now closed to the public and only 5 members of Orange Audubon are allowed on the property at any one time to conduct the survey.

Everything in my life has changed during the last 26 years, but not Genius Drive. I use to walk, photograph and visit Genius Drive often as a young man. Time has stood still on Genius Drive. Everything is just the way I remembered. Neighborhoods & paved roads surround this beautiful property, but Genius Drive remains the same. Peacocks calling, birds singing, no city noise. Peaceful. A very special place. I hope it always stays that way.

(Excerpt from the Orange Audubon Newsletter)

Genius Drive Nature Preserve in Winter Park, Florida is a 48± acre Preserve. Surveyors have documented 160 bird species on the Preserve.

The Preserve is also rich in 19th century history.  The citrus groves and meandering Genius Drive with its hedges of shell ginger and Turk’s cap were planted and constructed by Charles Hosmer Morse, the museum’s namesake.  The original Wind Song estate built in 1936 by Elizabeth Morse Genius still looks across Lake Virginia to Rollins College.  A slice of romantic Old Florida has survived, as have Wind Song’s infamous Peacocks.

Jacaranda Tree in Bloom

 

Genius Drive Peafowl

Peacock Displaying on Genius Drive

Genius Drive

Wind Song Front

Wind Song

Green Peafowl

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