Monday, February 13, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Waiting room...

...a place with which most of us are all too familiar!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Iconic Florida House

This home is located in our neighborhood, just a few blocks from where we live. I became enamored of it the first time I saw the place - it just looks the way a Florida house should look.

The first photo was shot a couple of weeks ago and you can see the vegetation has been attacked by ol' man winter.  The second photo was taken mid-summer and gives you an idea of the beautiful flora surrounding this place.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Paving Target's Parking Lot

This shot was taken in the middle of the day. You can imagine what a mess this paving created. Target customers were going in circles trying to find a parking spot.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Having Fun on the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Ocala Section)

Traditional biking is very popular

A traditional recumbent bike

And some people hike the entire Greenway across the state

Monday, February 6, 2017

Biking the Greenway

Ocala has part of the Florida Greenway. It's a six-mile loop through different types of vegetation and goes from relatively flat land to a hilly plateau. Biking is one of the most popular activities you'll find on the Greenway. And recumbent bikes are becoming more numerous. This gentleman had what appeared to be a modified recumbent in that he sat more upright on the bike.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Restored Model A Ford?

I do believe this is a Model A Ford, nicely restored.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rainbow Springs Swimming Area

On the day this photo was taken (a few weeks ago) the weather was coolish. Few people were at the park as it was midweek, and as I said, coolish. The water in the swimming area, which you see pictured, is always 72 degrees F (year-round). That's too cold for me but many younger people such as my grandchildren seem to have no problem with it.

If you look closely at the center of the photo, you will see a man swimming.  His wife was also in the water, but off to the right, out of the picture. This swimming area is infested with alligators so one must be careful, but we saw no gators that day; just these two people, who upon further scrutiny, appeared to be in their 70s. I don't think that's very old anymore, but it's too old to be swimming in 72 degree water on a coolish day for crying out loud!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Glass Bottom Boats at Silver Springs State Park


These glass bottom boats have been around for many years and they are still in service and available to people who visit the Silver Springs State Park.  The first shot shows the landing, loading and debarking area.  The other two boats are moving in a circular motion above the head of the springs, where hundreds of thousands of gallons of 99% plus pure water pours out every day.

It is in this area that you can see artifacts used in the "I Spy" TV series still in place on the bottom of the river. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Loving Life

Our great-grandson, Aiden Lowell, loving life!

The CDP theme for February is "Loving Life."  You can check other takes on the theme HERE.

Photo courtesy of our granddaughter, Amber Fitzgerald, a fine photographer in her own right.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Old Marion Theater

The old Marion Theater in downtown Ocala is still in business. It went defunct a few years ago, was rehabilitated as a stage theater, but that didn't work out, and now it's back to its original incarnation as a movie theater; so far so good.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Fireplug in the Woods

Update:  Late news this evening describes how a Columbine-style mass murder attack, which was planned at The Villages Charter Middle School in The Villages, has been derailed.  Two teens have been arrested and are in custody and have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

A photo of the school and brief summary has been posted on our The Villages blog HERE.

The full story can be found in the Orlando Sentinel HERE.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Off the Top Barber Shop

P.S. Ask for Joel or Bill.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Brolly in the Sun

No, I'm not British, but I love the word, "brolly," which in British-speak means "umbrella," or something thereabouts.

This gentleman is holding a brolly. It is not raining, nor is it forecast to rain. The sun is shining and the gulls are pooping in the lake.

So, the question is, "Why?"

1. He has a brolly fetish.

2. He likes to hold something in his hand while standing.

3. It is remotely possible that it will rain in the next 24 hours.

4. It might rain next week.

5. A passing gull might unload on his head.

6. He thinks he looks handsome when holding a brolly.

7. He wants to look jaunty like the owner of this blog. (See profile photo)

8. His wife told him to hold the brolly while she went shopping.

9. He found it in the trash, saw that it was in good condition, and is testing it out. 

10. He doesn't have a clue why he's holding a brolly.

P.S.  I'm adding this after the posting:  while it had occurred to me he was using the umbrella to ward off the sun to avoid skin cancer, I simply forgot to throw it in the mix.  Some good friends brought it to mind.  So that would be No. 11.  I should also add that skin cancer is a huge problem here in Florida.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Shopping Dog at the Mall

So, I said to the dog, "What are you looking at?"

I spoke softly so as not to disturb his master who was busy on his phone. I don't know what he was doing but he could have been playing games as that's what I had been doing before the darn dog started to stare at me. 

The dog said nothing! Just stared. It was unnerving. Like he knew some of my deep dark secrets.

I resolved to stare right back. No dog can out-stare me. Well, except for a Doberman Pinscher. They can out-stare anyone.

The kids were in school so the mall was very quiet. Too quiet. As I said, the dog's stare was unnerving. I mean what did I do to deserve this?

The dog was cute, I'll give you that. I think he knew it, too, and that's why he figured he could get into staring contests in the mall. His owner probably thought he was especially cute as most parents do of their kids.

Well, cute wasn't gonna cut it with all this staring. After another hour I had come to the end of my rope. It was time for my "last resort."  I pulled a small business card from my pocket which I keep there for just such an occasion. It read "L & L Veterinary Services. We provide all the necessary vaccinations for your pet(s)," and then just below that in large print, "NEUTERING IS OUR SPECIALTY!"

I casually strolled over to the dog and dropped my hand containing the card in front of the dog's face. Oh boy, that dog stopped staring; he looked down at the floor and than slinked down into that silly little baby carriage and hid under a blanket.

I'm sure I heard a meek little whimper. 

I pocketed my card and went on my way. My work for the day was done.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

White Pelican Feast

Up until recently, I've never seen a white pelican in central Florida. Then, suddenly, they seem to be everywhere. In this case, a cabal of white pelicans (on the left) congregated over a prime fishing spot and made a splashy racket fighting for the goodies. To the right you will note several other little white birds (not pelicans) who appear to be watching in awe as the pelicans make idiots of themselves.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Come Hither Harry

"Come hither," she said, eyes gleaming.

"No, no, no!" I said. "I'm a guy! My name's Harry, not Heather!"

"I said, 'hither,' you idiot! That means 'come here'."

" want me?"

"Oh, don't be stupid! You've got to be a hundred years old. I'm locked in this room and can't get out!"

"Well, I'm soree! I should be younger, heh? Just for you, heh?"

"Will you shut up and do something?"

"What? Isn't there a door somewhere?"

"No."  A tear dropped from her eye to her cheek.  "The window is the only way in and the only way out and it's locked."

"So, who locked you in there?"

"That's not important! My God, are you ever going to help me?" she asked, sobbing.

I said, "OK," took off my shoe, broke a glass panel, reached in, found a latch and undid it.

"What the hell?" I said.  "You could have done that yourself anytime you wanted!"

"True," she said smiling. "But what fun would that be? And now you know the difference between Harry and hither.  So, if a beautiful girl ever says to you, 'Come hither, Harry,' you ought to run away.  But first get your hearing checked.

Then she walked through an open door on the far side of the room. I never saw her again.

It was a lesson of sorts. I think.
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson