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Henry Ford Florida Estate

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In 1916 Thomas Edison's neighbor (at the Fort Myers, Florida winter estate), Robert Smith, wrote to Henry Ford relating, "Personally, I would prefer to have you buy it and in this I express the sentiment of the people of Fort Myers. We are all proud to have Mr. Edison spend his winters here and would be just as proud to have Mr. Henry Ford become one of our winter residents."

With the sale completed in July 1916, Killian Melber, a local florist, became Ford's first agent in Fort Myers. Ford purchased this home furnished. As Melber prepared the property for the Fords' visit in 1917, he related to them that all they needed was silverware, bedding, and table linens.

The gardens were well-developed at the time the Fords purchased the estate. They included 100 grapefruit and 50 orange trees, as well as mangoes, paw-paws, lemons, limes, guavas, tangerines, coconuts, and bananas. Smith named the property "The Mangoes" due to the abundance of mango trees.

Photo captured March 24, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/11.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Kala from United States

Looks to be a gorgeous place to visit. I really like how you've processed this shot.

9 May 2011 7:18am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating story to go with the image here . . whole history in a box.

9 May 2011 7:19am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderfully preserved, I guess that it would originally have had some sort of "estate" which has now been lost. Love your signature tone mapping here.

9 May 2011 8:10am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

excellent processing and beautiful sunshine theme from the sunshine state!

9 May 2011 10:28am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Brilliant color.

9 May 2011 10:29am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful processing! Amazing how many fruit trees there are. Interesting history.

9 May 2011 11:35am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

fantastic HDR processing - how many shots do you use for this; 3 or more?

9 May 2011 12:21pm

@Roman: I did the "pseudo" processing of the RAW file. Another reason I am looking to get another camera is my Sony does not take full step bracketing photos......only at 0.77.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love the processing - picture perfect! Very interesting history as well.

9 May 2011 12:52pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a magnificent home - looks modern really...and a beautiful scene here...;-)

9 May 2011 2:23pm

franz from Baden, Austria

whatever the technology behind it, the effect is stunning!

9 May 2011 7:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The Mangoes is a beautiful place. Quite the selection of fruit. A gorgeous photo.

10 May 2011 12:37am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful composition! Love your processing!!! 5*****!

10 May 2011 2:30am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very lovely! I'd like to spend the winters there, too! :-)

11 May 2011 9:53pm