Friday, May 22, 2015

Darrell's Diner

There once was a man named Darrell
who decided to open a diner
It was such a success
he thought more was less
so he opened an additional four.

Now there are Darrell's everywhere
you'll find them all over Ocala
and there are two in my neighborhood.
we eat breakfast at Darrell's quite often
the food is really quite good.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Green house

You will find this green house on Highway 491, near Citrus Springs. It's been there a long time!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Heathbrook Apartments

Good reflections are difficult. I've tried to copy some of the best reflective photogs on CDP, to no avail. So, I pop a photo into Photoshop, hit a couple of buttons and voila!

Friday, May 15, 2015

An Islamic Car?

I've posted photos of this car previously.  It has been spotted at a couple of places in town.  For the past several months it's been parked in front of our local Barnes & Nobles book store. 

I have no idea what it's all about, but the owner has added a substantial number of new posters to try to get his or her message out to the world. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Italian Shoemakers

Everyone knows the best shoes are made in Italy.  Well, that's what I've heard.  So, I'm very pleased this store opened recently in our mall.  It saved me a lot of money.  I no longer need to fly to Italia to buy my shoes! 

The Disappearing Glass Bottom Boats

It used to be, when Silver Springs Park existed, there were about 7-8 of these glass bottom boats which, loaded with tourists and locals, traversed the Silver River to allow a look at the headsprings, the varieties of fish, gators, turtles, anhingas, and assorted other wildlife - even monkeys for a time.

There are just 2-3 left.  Silver Springs Park no longer exists.  The property is now part of the State of Florida's Silver River State Park.  The rides, the kid's zoo, the carousel, the river boat rides - all gone.

It's still a nice place to visit, but most of the fun has been removed.

The boat pictured, is one of the last glass bottom boat survivors.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Medical Center

This building was a Sims Furniture store for years. It didn't look like this then. The entire building has been extensively renovated and remodeled and is soon to open as a medical center.

Monday, April 27, 2015


This truck has been parked in the same place in Micanopy for several years and it does not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. It is backed up to the mansion that was used as the hospital in the "Doc Hollywood" movie starring Michael J. Fox.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Meeting ground

This is where the corporate trees meet to decide where they wish to branch out...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reflections in a post office

This is our local post office. One nice sunny day the reflections seemed appropriate to photograph. They provide a little bit of color.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Survivor practice

...on the Silver River.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Skool Bus

I find it quite amazing that school buses have changed so little over the past 75 years.  If you've seen one, you've seen them all! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Florida kitsch

Kitsch is a word with varied meanings, but when you speak of Florida kitsch, you're referring to funky, colorful items such as this palm tree, plastic pink flamingos, etc. Actually, there is less Florida kitsch here in Ocala, and this palm tree with the purple trunk would be more like what you'd find in south Florida, which is inundated with kitsch!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Birdhouse in water color

The birdhouse is located in Homosassa Springs and you'll note is constructed high enough to be safe from certain predators - like gators.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sculpture at the University of Florida

These two photos are of the same sculpture. They provide an example as to why "eye-witness" testimony is so unreliable (especially in a criminal trial where lives are at stake). What we "see" depends upon where we stand, the light, the complexity of the subject, and what our mind wants to see. Photographs can also be unreliable when it comes to getting the "real" picture.
"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