Monday, February 8, 2016

Jennings Citrus

This citrus stand is located in central Florida at the junction of Hwy 301 and State Road 486; that's actually in The Villages. Although this is our citrus season and our citrus trees are filled with fruit, this stand claims to sell citrus from the Indian River area which is much closer to south Florida. Not only, so, but they sell pecans and peaches from Georgia which is about 150 miles north!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Green Grasshopper

I really don't know what this is. It stayed in place on our driveway for a couple of days. It appears to be some kind of grasshopper. Strange creature.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Modern Art Photography

If you stare at the middle of the photo, you should see it begin to move slowly from top to bottom. 

This was cross-posted to our Images - The Art of Photography blog.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Working Crane at Heathbrook Outdoor Mall

I drove by, saw this machine, and wondered what the heck was going on behind the Healthbrook Mall. So I drove by again, craned my neck so as to look every which way, but still could not see any indication as to what this machine was up to. Then I said, "The heck with it," grabbed my camera and took a picture. It's not a redneck crane like the ones that show up on Sallie Rainville's doorstep, but it is a crane!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Zephyhills Mural

Zephyrhills is a smallish town south of Ocala and north of Tampa. It is famous for water bottled and sold by the Zephyrhills Water Co. This mural (which extends beyond what you see in the photo) gives a graphic representation of the activities available to area residents.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Golfcart Dreamland

Scenes from a Deli

The City Daily Photo theme for February 1, 2016, is "Scenes from a Coffee House."

Unfortunately, in this part of central Florida, coffee houses per se are few and far between.  We are, however, blessed with TooJays, a gourmet deli chain based in Palm Beach, Florida.

There are two TooJays in The Villages, which is about 30 miles south of Ocala - one in Spanish Springs and the other in Lake Sumter Landing.  The Lake Sumter Landing deli is pictured above.

The menu is replete with delicious possibilities, the service is generally quite good, and the ambiance is warm and welcoming.  During the winter months, however, when we are inundated by northerners seeking sunshine and warmth, both places are very crowded, so you may have to wait in line to get a table or booth.

For other takes on this theme, click here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Planet in the Sky

I saw that bright blue sky and thought it quite appropriate to have a planet (Planet Fitness) in the middle of it!

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Freedom Library

Marion County (in which Ocala is located) has an excellent public library system.

The Freedom Library is one of several branches of the Marion County Library, and is located in southwest Ocala. It is a fine institution and provides many wonderful services to the community.

Note:  My initial posting included a rant on the rabid right-wing nogoodniks who have a choke-hold on this community and are literally destroying our world.  While I'm not walking back what I said, it is probably best if such feelings are left unexpressed on a photo blog.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cleopatra in Charge

...So, I tried to make her comfy and then I asked if there was anything else I could do for her.

She looked at me somewhat disdainfully, and I'm sure I heard her say, "You're bothering me. I'm trying to sleep. I'll call you if I need you!"

...And that's the way it goes in Ocala, Florida, at 11:35 AM, January 28, 2016...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Directional Signs at Heathbrook Outdoor Mall

I suppose a sign like this is necessary, but if you need to rely on it, you're in a bad place. You can see all these stores just by turning in a circle.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mi Tierra Latina

There have been several Mexican restaurants
in Ocala over the years.  
The first one we tried when we 
moved to town provided me with
three days of food poisoning.

We haven't been back there.

Others proved unsatisfactory in other ways.

Then we discovered Mi Tierra Latina
which is actually south of town
by several miles.

They do Mexican food in the manner
to which we have become

We have learned they intend
to open another restaurant in Ocala
just across from the mall.

Happy Days are here again!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Luncheon Conversation Courtesy of Smartphones United

Luncheon conversation - a brief screen play:

Sandra: "Hey dad, I just texted you the menu. What are you going to eat?"

Dad: "Damn! I'm sorry sweetie, could you send it to me again? I lost it somehow and don't know how to get it back."

Sandra: "Well, we could look at the menu on the table but that seems like such a waste of time. Hold it, a minute, I just got a message from Shelly."

Mom: "Tell Shelly we're busy. I'm going to die of starvation if we don't order soon. I'll check the restaurant's website again to see if they've added any new items to their menu."

Rhonda:  "For crying out loud, Mom, you just did that. Call me when you decide what to eat."

Dad: "Don't call me!  I've had enough of this conversation. I'm going to play Solitaire until you all  figure out what you're gonna eat!"

Sandra: "You're such an old poop, Pop! Nobody plays Solitaire anymore."

Mom: "Oh, wow! Hang on, I'm sending you a text 'cause I just got a coupon from Olive Garden; it's 20% off any entree. Maybe we should go there?'"

Rhonda:  "I don't think so! I've heard they don't even have a place in their booths to charge our cell phones!"

Dad: "Well, I give up! My battery is dead. We're going to go home now and we don't even have a working GPS."

Rhonda: "Good grief, Dad!  You've lived in this town for 50 years. You ought to know your way around by now!"

Dad: "I do, but I can't function without a working GPS!"

Mom: "I'm leaving. If you decide to come home, give me a call. If I don't answer, let it go to voice mail. I'll get to it at midnight when I get up to play Birds. If you come home now, I'll fix you a little dinner."

The Kids In Unison:  "Nah, we're too busy and our batteries are good so we'll eat here if we can ever get that waiter to take our order. I wonder what he's doing?"

Sandra's phone rings: "Hello," she says. "Yes, I know the waiter here. Oh, you're the waiter here! How'd you get my number?"

Waiter:  "I saw it on your phone when I brought the menus."

Sandra:  "Okay. Sure I can stop by your place and have dinner with you. Wait, my battery just died. Hold on, I'll put a new one in. Done! Is that better?  I'll come by about 7:30 if that's OK.

"Yes, of course I'll bring my phone. We'll need some way of communicating!"

The End

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Gasoline and more...

At this service station, just off of I-75, you can purchase gasoline, beer, sundries, food, newspapers and magazines, and oranges - lots of oranges. This is the season for oranges!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Arnold Palmer Legends Country Club in The Villages, Florida

The golfing great, Arnold Palmer, has numerous golf courses around the world, many of which he designed and built.  There are several Arnold Palmer golf courses in Florida.

These photos are of the Arnold Palmer Legends Country Club in the Lake Sumter Landing area of The Villages, Florida.  

The Villages advertises that people who buy a home in The Villages can play golf "free" for the rest of their lives.  Unfortunately, there's a catch.  That refers only to the numerous "Par 3" golf courses dotted around The Villages.  And if you're lucky enough to get a tee time at one of these courses and drive your own golf cart, you will have to pay a "trail fee."

To play at Palmer's Legend course, or any other of the major layouts, such as the Nancy Lopez course, you must have a membership, which is an added cost.   There are a number of hoops to jump through in order to get a tee time, also.  

All of this is why a number of folks from The Villages come to Ocala or other cities in central Florida to get in their games of golf.  

The pictures:

#1 - Arnold Palmer Legends sign
#2 - The Pro Shop
#3 - Flora in front of the Pro Shop
#4 - The Restaurant
#5 - Another view of the Restaurant 

Note:  This has been cross-posted to The Villages (Florida) Photos blog.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Cleopatra is Safe at Last!

It was a tough morning being chased all over the house by her twin sister, Cassandra, but finally Cleo found a place of refuge.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Teslas in Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages

I've seen a few Teslas on our streets, but not many.  We found two in Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages the other day.  The first one was rolling down Main Street to the delight on onlookers and the  other was parked which allowed those interested a closer inspection of this beautiful automobile.

This post has been cross-posted to The Villages (Florida) Photo blog.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Old Fire Engine

This is an old fire engine which was parked in a strip mall parking lot for some months. Now it's gone. The trouble with old fire engines is that they don't work so well. We just don't have many old fires. All our fires are new ones and seem to require new fire engines. Well, that's what I've been told.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Four Ways to Discover Cedar Key, Florida

This was cross-posted to our Cedar Key blog. 

Please note this was updated on 1/13/15 to include
our favorite way of travel - by bicycle!

"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