Everyone who has been to Savannah, GA with a camera or even a cell phone has done a picture of the river bridge at sunset. This is my contribution to the mass.
So, a little different take on the traditional:
Straying a bit further off the traditional path,
This post is in fond and loving memory of my cousin Tim Blackburn, who we visited in North Carolina just after the rainy images and just before the others. He left us, comfortably in his sleep, the night after we got back to Tampa. Goodbye, cous.
A few weeks ago a new guy moved into the neighborhood, right next door to us. Mostly he just sits on the concrete pond square watching the world go by. Occasionally he goes for an underwater hunting swim, with his head popping up around the pond. He has occasionally been mistaken for an aquatic snake, much to the chagrin of those seeing him.
September 14-15, 2021
Three more images from the Westgate River Ranch Resort south of Orlando last month...
The Lee Miller Exhibit at the Dali in St. Petersburg is a beautiful and wonderful spotlight on an amazing woman- Model, Photographer, War Photojournalist, Surrealist Photographer.
Sept. 3, 2021
A trip to Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, FL
I have been driving by signs to Bok Tower for years when headed to other parts of Florida. Last month, with Ruth, we decided to stop. The gardens and the Singing Tower were beautiful. Since it was during the week, there were very few people. Unfortunately, it was a summer day in Florida: very hot, and very humid. They advertise a tram, but it was closed due to COVID so a lot of walking and we only covered a small part of the grounds. Well worth it, but if we go again it will be during cooler weather.
The history of Edward and Mary Louise Bok, the Singing Tower, and the Gardens are the subjects of many a book and website. Click here for the Wikipedia short version.
The Singing Tower is about a half-mile walk through the gardens
The Gothic Revival Tower is the highest spot in the Gardens. Named the Singing Tower because of its 60-bell carillon, it is built with marble from Georgia, and coquina stone from St. Augustine, FL. The tower is surrounded by a moat that is now a koi pond.
Off to the side and below the tower is an Exedra commissioned by Edward Bok's neighbors.
Amidst all the meticulous landscaping, it looked oddly neglected.
At the visitor's center, we were surprised by a demonstration of a unique Florida activity: Gator Wrestling, updated with the introduction of a cell phone.
August 13, 2021
Wandering the Westgate River Ranch Resort south of Orlando
(we stayed in Deluxe Teepees)
August 9-12, 2021
Tropical Depression Fred arrives at Anna Maria Island, Florida
August 14, 2021 approximately 3:30pm Eastern
from a visit in May 2021
Four days wandering around Apalachicola
Starting with some signs...
Two buildings I shot before (search "Apalachicola" on my blog... there are 1/2 dozen or so posts with Apalachicola images)
Another building I've photographed, the old Volunteer Fire Department. In the past, the doors have been closed. Now they look like H. Michael may have gotten them, so a peek inside.
Two now- closed landmarks:
The Museum, despite being closed since 2018, still has an active Facebook page. Click here to see it.
Miscellaneous "wandering" images...
The Billiard Room at the Gibson Inn
A Stump Mermaid... or a Mermaid Stump?
As I said in a previous post, Hurricane Michael and the Pandemic were not kind to Apalachicola. The Good News is the town is coming back to life!
End of day pictures
My four preceding posts have more images from this trip to Apalachicola.
June 23-26, 2021
In memory of those who served, those who came home, and those who didn't.
Lest it is all forgotten.
Hurricane Michael and the Pandemic have not been kind to one of my favorite Florida towns, Apalachicola in the Panhandle.
The Apalachicola River Inn and Caroline's Restaurant, including Boss Oyster, were some of the victims. Closed in 2018 after Michael, the property never reopened and went into bankruptcy. A Federal Bankruptcy Judge approved the sale in 2020. The Pandemic came along and stopped work on the property. The new owners also own the recently renovated Gibson Inn and locals say they are going to start work back, initially on Boss Oyster.
We were in Apalachicola over a weekend recently and one of the places we visited was the River Inn complex.
Next to the 24-room Inn and restaurant is Boss Oyster and the Inn registration.
June 25-26, 2021
A local hotel in Ocala, FL yesterday reported an outbreak of little people. Guests returned to the hotel in the evening to find swarms of high-pitched, noisy little people throughout the hotel. A guest stated, "My God, they were everywhere... in the bar, on the elevator, in the halls, they took over the entire pool area making bystanders fear for their lives. The noise level caused by the little people was unimaginable." Hotel staff appeared overwhelmed by the hordes and were unable to maintain any degree of control.
Experts remain baffled, suspecting that an unusual atmospheric condition may have caused the abnormal swarm. One sarcastic subject-matter professional was heard stating, "It was definitely a disturbance in The Force."
Local officials urged calm, cautioning that historically swarms of this nature are short-lived. Law enforcement professionals were quick to announce that the swarm was not typical of Ocala, better known as the Horse Capital of the World, and that all steps were being taken to control the swarming. A full investigation by a high-ranking committee was announced the next day. The President was overseas on his first trip out of the country, but staff said he was briefed about the swarms and the potential damages that could occur.
June 11, 2021