This is one of a
series of paintings
by Robert Butler
turn-of-the-century scenes from twelve
of Florida's major
All narratives accompanying the paintings were written by Robert Butler.
All rights reserved by the artist.
Beekeeping in the Pines
Citrus, like many foreigners who came to these shores, has flourished under diligent stewardship. Florida and Polk County, in particular came to be called the "Citrus Capital of the World." A long and illustrious pedigree was developed from the original citrus brought to the New World in the hold of Spanish ships. Today, many countries have a thriving population of New World citrus creations.
It seems that the fabled gold once sought by explorers is finally discovered. The "Land of Flowers" is not a place of broken dreams after all.
I grew up in a small town in southern Florida, a state forever splendid
© Robert Butler 1999