Friday, August 1, 2014

Ricky, the Inquisitive Raccoon

Meet Ricky the inquisitive raccoon who lives at the Ocala Golf Club.

Actually I don't know if his name was Ricky - I just made that up.  For some reason he looks sort of like a "Ricky," and he was certainly inquisitive.  I think he intended to beg for food; we did have some nice candy bars in our golf cart that the crows hadn't stolen.   But he decided begging was beneath him and he knew he'd find all the food he needed in neighborhood garbage cans that night. 

So he scampered across the fairway and into the woods.  That was the last we saw of Ricky.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chili's (Eat in or Take Out)

The theme for the first of August is "Take Away" store or "Fast Food" joint. 

Chili's offers both two options - you can sit inside at the bar or in a booth, or you can order your food "to go."

Click here to see other takes on this theme.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blessed be the EMTs

When I left the grocery store, she was sitting in a chair by the door, bent over, her face white with concern, as people stood around trying their best to give comfort in her discomfort. Then came the EMTs to carefully put her on a stretcher and carry her to the nearest hospital.

I hope that she has recovered fully and is back grocery shopping.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Traffic jam

This was a little intimidating - to be stuck in traffic behind the load of wood which gives every indication of flying off any minute and crashing into our windshield. But there was nowhere to go, so naturally I took out my point-and-shoot and took a picture.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One of Dr. Duke's "gators"

Dr. James Duke is a highly-regarded orthopedic surgeon located here in Ocala. He's a graduate of the University of Florida, a school which has as its symbol an alligator. People who attend the University of Florida in Gainesville are known as "Gators."

Many of these people are rabid fans. Fanatics.

Ocala is full of U of F alumni. They can also be fanatics.

Dr. Duke has worked with the athletic department at the University of Florida for a number of years so he is doubly involved in the school's efforts to offer a quality college education. He is an avid fan. His office is filled with U of F memorabilia. This gator coiled up on the coffee table in his waiting room is one piece of that memorabilia.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


...just down the street. Like a vision. Perhaps a sign that there still hope for this old, messed-up world?

Scenic at Stone Creek

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Off on a break

We are off on a short break to celebrate 57 years of wedded bliss.  Best wishes to all!  
Keep posting those wonderful pictures.

One problem is our cats.  They are a little worried we won't leave them enough food.  Plus, as you can see, one of them has "locked" our computer so we couldn't post if we wanted to do so.

[P.S.  Thanks to William Kendall at Ottawa Daily Photo for the cat picture]

Monday, June 23, 2014

Snake in the road

On a recent bike ride, we almost ran over this little critter. So, I had to stop and talk to him about looking both ways before he tried to cross the road. But, as snakes tend to do, he just sighed and slithered away. Lois Anne saw one just like this in our yard yesterday. Maybe he followed us home?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

SECO Electric truck

I always get a charge when I see one of these electric company trucks.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Quartet aligned

It struck me right away. Four items all aligned: the fire hydrant, the electrical box, the street lamp and the tree. I mean, really, how often do you see something like that?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ocala's Goofy Car

This pile of junk disappeared months ago.  Then, the other evening, I saw it again, parked in plain sight at the Heathbrook Market outdoor mall!   A small man wearing some kind of head cover stood next to it while talking emphatically into a phone plastered to his ear.  Who he was and what this car is about remain a mystery.

But it doth appear to proffer a weird religious message which is not at all unusual as we are overrun with religious goofballs in Florida!  Unfortunately, many of them hold important government positions!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Homeless in Ocala

Local officials have made it almost impossible for the homeless to exist in our fair city. It is not as bad here as in Fort Lauderdale, however, where the folks running the place have made it illegal to feed the homeless in public places.

Monday, June 16, 2014

An archaeological artifact ... or?

We found this adorning the window of an unused space in a downtown building.  Could it be an archaeological artifact or is it just an old advertisement?

Friday, June 13, 2014

Swampy's on the Rainbow River

Swampy's offers good ol' fashioned southern cooking, a variety of drinks, good service, and a great view. Oh, also fried pickles!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Blue car with green wheels

It seemed appropriate to use a comic effect on this blue-green car parked in downtown Ocala.

Scenes from Rainbow Springs State Park

Shed at entrance to Rainbow Springs

Looking down at the Rainbow River

A safe haven - less gators

The jungle

More jungle

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Scenes from the Silver Springs State Park

Welcome sign inside the gates

Cypress trees growing through the bridge that leads into the park

Pretzels and popcorn available at the glass bottom boat marina

Lots of folks taking advantage of the crystal clear water

The canoes are right over the main spring

A crooked palm tree and a statue of the Seminole Chief, Osceola

Further down the Silver River

"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