Friday, February 13, 2015

On Hiatus


We will be going on hiatus for a time. Best wishes to all and remember, spring is just around the corner.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A tale of two benches





The first bench, located in a garden, appears to be functional, although not very attractive. The second bench, however, seems to have lost all of its original usefulness and might even be dangerous to sit upon.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scrambles Cafe


Scrambles is a wonderful little restaurant. It is about a 30-minute plus drive from our house, but it's so good, we often go there for breakfast or lunch. A friendly, family place with terrific food.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Time machine and water cooler


You will find this time machine/water cooler between the 6th green and 7th tee box at the Ocala National Golf Course.  Water coolers are placed strategically on the golf course to help players keep hydrated during the heat of the summer.  I'm guessing the clock is there to let players know if they are keeping the proper pace.

Unfortunately, this clock was not working.  But with everybody having a cell phone it's not much needed anymore.

One might say it's a relic of times gone by and is no longer timely.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A guest at Silver Springs Park


The black bear is making a comeback in Florida. Biologists now estimate there are about 3,000 black bears in the state with the largest concentration in the Ocala National Forest.

I took this photo at the Silver Springs Park on the east side of Ocala a couple of months ago.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Orange tree


This is our season for citrus, so all over Ocala you will see orange and grapefruit trees laden with their juicy bounty. This particular tree belongs to one of our neighbors. I don't know what they plan to do with all the oranges, but they'd probably give them away if you asked.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Casements - Part II













There is much more to see at The Casements.  Unfortunately, it was closed the day we visited so we couldn't get inside.  Perhaps we'll try again in the future.

For those who are interested, I have a new poem, "Sunrise," on Creative Confections.



Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Casements - John D. Rockefeller Residence











The Casements, located along the Halifax River (Intercoastal Waterway) was constructed in the early 1900s for a clergyman and his wife.  It was purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1918 and he used the 9,000 square foot home as his winter residence until he died at the age of 97.

After his death, the property was used for a variety of purposes, including a school.  Then it was left to deteriorate.  Eventually, it was named a "Historic Property" and was purchased by the City of Ormond Beach, which proceeded to restore the place to its original grandeur.

Currently, The Casements serves as the Cultural Center for the City of Ormond Beach.

We'll post a few more photos of the gardens and grounds tomorrow.

If you are interested in learning more about The Casements, click here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Horse and Flag



This is a blending of two photos, obviously.  I was having fun with it as it represents Ocala in that you will see a lot of flags flying in this city.  Somehow, flag waving has become synonymous with patriotism which is, of course, not true at all.  But it is very popular.

Horse Fever is a program which involves the creation and placement of a wide variety of colorful horses throughout the city.  By now, there must be over 100 of these "Horse Fever" horses scattered around town.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Temple B'nai Darom and a lesson from yesterday


[Note:  First of all, a comment about yesterday's post with the beer truck driving up to the first tee.  It didn't happen.  The photo is a composite (which was fairly well done I think).  The people on the tee was one photo but the beer truck was another photo and in that photo it was driving down the highway.  I was able to blend them into one picture.

A picture might be worth a thousand words, as the old saw goes, but sometimes it's just plain phony.  Furthermore, we often see what our brain wants to see even if what we are seeing makes no sense.  That's why "eyewitness" testimony in a court room is often worthless.

And the final lesson is that I'm kinda sneaky and if I can pull off a prank, I'm likely to do it!]


B'nai Darom (which means "Sons of the South") is a Jewish temple located on the east side of Ocala. It is a small congregation and while they follow the Reform liturgy, the temple is unaffiliated. Back in 2009, we published a post on this temple and are doing so again because it was recently in the news following several acts of vandalism.

The temple also owns one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the state and that was also vandalized. One wonders when or if this kind of anti-Semitic behavior will ever stop.

Our previous post which has additional information, is here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Buds and beer


It is pretty cool when a Budweiser truck shows up on the first tee box of the golf course on a cool, foggy, February morning while you're waiting with your buddies to tee off.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

What I would miss about Ocala...



The rolling hills and mighty oak trees


The rivers and forests


The hundreds of beautiful horse farms


The golf courses


The dear hearts and gentle people


The theme for February 1 has to do with what you would miss about the city in which you live if you had to move away.

For more takes on the theme, click here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

HITS 2015 VI - The Final Series



Proud Equine


A horse has to eat!


Oops!  You caught me!


An artistic approach


Painting by Triqui

Friday, January 30, 2015

Duck Dynasty Chair


Just when you think you seen it all, something like this Duck Dynasty chair pops up. We found it in an upscale furniture store where we go once in awhile just to drool over stuff we can never afford. It was very much out-of-place, as you can imagine. And ugly as sin.

If you've not heard of the Duck Dynasty clan, they're a bunch of rednecks from way down south Louisiana way who pretend they live in the swamps and chase gators and other critters.  I don't know where the idea came from but the men let their hair and beards grow and they got their own teehee teevee show and they're interviewed on talk shows and they love Jesus and isn't it wunnerful.

The truth is they are a bunch of yuppies who before they became Duck Dynasty wore suits and ties and had short hair and drove expensive cars and spent more time in classy saloons and restaurants than in the swamps.

In other words, it's all a con.  But hey, it's the American way, and they've got their own upscale ugly chair in furniture stores everywhere, along with tee shirts and hats and just about every other product you can tie a name; and they're raking in millions of dollars!

Ugly!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tesla charging stations



The Tesla, from what I hear, is a new type of electric car - luxurious and very expensive!  We stumbled on these Tesla charging stations quite by accident in the Heathbrook outdoor mall area. We have never seen them before so they must have been installed recently.

What struck me is they weren't attached to a convenience store or restaurant!

I don't know if there is a Tesla dealer nearby but perhaps a dealership is planned for our city?  I'd better put in my order now.  :)



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HITS V


A nice jump


Waiting patiently


Morning workout



Time to call it a day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Disney World on TV


This photo was taken on the 15th anniversary of Disney World in Orlando.  If I remember correctly, it pictures a cafe at the "Small World" attraction.  The year was 1986.

The TV effect is a Photoshop action by Panos FX.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

HITS Ocala 2015 - IV


Coming 'round the bend


Heading toward the jump


Made it!


Swatting flies and jumping simultaneously! 


Whoa!


Lunch time

Friday, January 23, 2015

HITS Ocala 2015 - III


Solid jump


Taking a walk


Who's on first?


Proud stepper


Flying through the air


Let's go home!


"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