Dickson Azalea Park
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Once you’re at the site, the setting will reflect why this park is Orlando’s first to make the Orlando Historic Register. Year round Dickson Azalea Park is a photographer’s delight with its natural, winding creek and mini-water fall, that visits after heavy rains. Milton, award winning photographer and author of 7 photo books, will teach the technique of capturing water at various shutter speeds, each resulting in a different photographic effect. And whether winter, spring summer or fall, there are portfolio-worthy photo ops in the complex of terraced walkways accented by the highly stylized Washington St. Bridge within 3.5 acres defined by a ravine that sits 10 to 12 feet below street level.
The park’s namesake, Gordon Dickson, (Mayor of Orlando in 1935), was committed to the beauty of the locale, first designed and constructed in 1925, and allotted budget for azaleas, planted by the Civitan Club that show themselves every spring. The charming setting started as part of a southern route for cattle drivers but these days, lots of environmental portraits are there for the taking, within sweet lighting and shade. You may even encounter a picnic or even blushing bride or two with weddings being staged there amongst the flower and fauna. For wildlife, there are butterflies, owls and other living creatures to capture, an area that Milton is an internationally known expert. (Founder of NYC Audubon Society’s Photography Committee and Nature Photography courses.) The trees, as old as 80+ years are another viable subject for the lens as well as the Girl Scout Lodge, built in 1940.