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Bill

01/03/21 


BREAKING NEWS: local hotel attacked by swarm of little people, guests terrified, experts baffled

06_21 little people DSC06702A 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 


Redington Beach Signs as paintings

Redington Beach, FL., for those of you who have never been there, is a long strip of hotels, motels, condos, and tourist resorts with a beach on its outside border. If you want to do Florida Tourist and the traditional hangout at the beach, it is great. Just enough bars and restaurants to make evenings interesting but not overwhelming. If you are looking for something other than the Florida Tourist experience, not so much. On the side away from the beach are very nice island resort-style residential areas; lots of Florida homes with boats tied up out back. 

 

Walking down the street bordering the beach, some local signs rendered as paintings or drawings:

03_21 beach rules DSC06387 colored pencil
As with the rest of the world, COVID-19 rule signs are everywhere. Done in colored pencil.

 

03_21 beach rules DSC06387 colored pencil
Blue lizard atop a traditional motel, with a sign to the beach. Done in watercolor.

 

03_21 beach rules DSC06387 colored pencil
Blue lizard closeup, done in oil

 

03_21 beach rules DSC06387 colored pencil
Closed, but still has a mask sign, done in oil

 

03_21 beach rules DSC06387 colored pencil
Dolphins on a wall 1, done in oil

 

03_21 beach rules DSC06387 colored pencil
Dolphins on a wall 2, done as a pencil sketch

 

03_21 dressed dolphins DSC06363 oil
Well dressed dolphins, done in oil

 

03_21 dressed dolphins DSC06363 oil
Local restaurant, done in watercolor

 

03_21 dressed dolphins DSC06363 oil
Monterey Wi-Fi, done in watercolor

 

03_21 dressed dolphins DSC06363 oil
Benchmarker, done in watercolor and enhanced.

 

03_21 dressed dolphins DSC06363 oil
Multiple entrance signs, done in watercolor

 

03_21 pier sign DSC06393 detailed painting
The Long Pier, closed and fading away, done as a detailed painting.

 

03_21 pier sign DSC06393 detailed painting
The Long Pier's parking lot. No parking! Done in watercolor.

 

03_21 pier sign DSC06393 detailed painting
Siesta Motel. $Pets OK. Done as an enhanced watercolor.

 

03_21 pier sign DSC06393 detailed painting
Sign Post 1, done in charcoal.

 

03_21 pier sign DSC06393 detailed painting
Sign Post 2, done as saturated watercolor

 

03_21 pier sign DSC06393 detailed painting
Political statement, done in oil

 

Finally, a cautionary notice

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If you take this picture after walking beside the coffee shop, beware...

 

03_21 inlet and flag DSC06357
A troll lives in the little building who will come out... twice. He will tell you to leave because he is tired of people trespassing in his backyard. He will threaten to call the police if you try to take a scenic of the docked boats.

 

March 27, 2021

 


Marco Island, FL

For those of you unfamiliar, Marco Island is a small landmass of hotels, condos, and very nice vacation houses with a little bit of beach around the edges.

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11_20 marco island beach grass DSC06075
Beach with civilization as a background



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Bird 1

 

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Bird 2

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Bird 3

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Bird 4 (painted on an electrical cabinet at a street corner)

 

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Wading to the ocean beach

 

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Purple flower in Oil



November 27, 2020


A side affect of working/ staying at home: Sunrises and Sunsets

We spent, as did the rest of the world, the better part of five months going nowhere. At home protecting ourselves and others from The Evil Virus. In September we ran away for several days to a rented house in Cedar Key, FL. 

A nasty side affect of being cooped up so long and then set free was the irresistible urge to shoot way too many sunsets and sunrises.

 

Sunsets

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09_20 cedar key day 3 sunset DSC05767
09_20 cedar key day 3 sunset DSC05767
09_20 cedar key day 3 sunset DSC05767

Sunrises

09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881
09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881
09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881
09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881
09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881
09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881
09_20 cedar key late sunrise DSC05881

September, 2020

 


Wandering around Cedar Key, FL

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Calm After Sunset

 

09_20 cedar key after sunset DSC05968_69_70_Enhanced
Bird Guarding A Dock

 

09_20 cedar key after sunset DSC05968_69_70_Enhanced
Downtown Red Bench

 

09_20 cedar key after sunset DSC05968_69_70_Enhanced
Names saved for posterity
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Early Morning Off To Fish 1

 

09_20 cedar key morning fishing DSC05836
Early Morning Off To Fish 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Flower Traditional

 

09_20 cedar key morning fishing DSC05836
Red Flower Impressionist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09_20 cedar key glove DSC05921
Michael J.'s Lost Glove

 

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Lonely Fish

 

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Low Tide 1

 

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Low Tide 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trailer Trash 1



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Trailer Trash 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under the House we were staying at was a long- unused Party/ Rec Room

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Why was there a six of diamonds and two of diamonds taped to the wall?
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Kids fishing lost in time
09_20 cedar key abandoned basement thermometer DSC05935
A California thermometer that still reads the correct temperature!

 

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2004 & 2009 License Plates... and a fish


September, 2020


Another retail failure. Big Watermelon

An old-time traditional business ends.

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For those of you interested in such things,

The Big Watermelon tent has been a landmark coming into Tallahassee, FL on Highway 19 for a lot of years.
Usually, one to three old guys sitting in the folding chairs watching the world go by.
I do not remember seeing actual watermelons.

October 14, 2020


New neighbors...

In the midst of the Pandemic, new neighbors moved in.

A Flock of Ducks,
A Raft of Ducks,
A T
eam of Ducks,
A Paddling of Ducks

It started as just a couple of Ducks checkin' out the neighborhood,
but quickly grew to six

09_20 ducks 1 DSC05522

And gradually, as the word spread, six became many

09_20 ducks 2 DSC05526
09_20 ducks 2 DSC05526
Until we are inundated with Ducks
(24 counted the other day)

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They are all relatively well- behaved, excepting the occasional
Duck Squabble, and periodic
Quack-a-thon.

Mostly they just walk around,
hiding under a tree in the mid-day sun,
and disappearing into the Preserve at night.
Surprisingly, they spend very little time in the pond.

One thing we have learned about ducks,
they don't have the sense to hide in a thunderstorm,
Basically ignoring the wisdom,
Thunder

Ducks in the Rain
09_20 ducks 7 DSC05563
09_20 ducks 7 DSC05563
09_20 ducks 7 DSC05563

09_20 ducks 7 DSC05563
Parade, exit stage right


September, 2020