Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Curious Allah Van

The Allah van is usually parked in this driveway.  It is a curiosity, sticking out like a sore thumb in this central Florida community, which features religious groups of all sizes and colors (mostly Christian), but is notably knee-deep in Christian fundamentalist rednecks. 

We have over 200 Baptist churches, several Roman Catholic churches, a couple of Anglican churches, two Episcopal churches (one of which is a breakaway and won't accept gays), the usual mainstream churches (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, United Church of Christ, etc.), a bunch of large independent churches, and lots of small store-front churches tucked away in strip malls.

There are, I believe, four Jewish temples.

I don't think there is a mosque.

The theme for September 1, is "Curiosities."  You can check out what other City Daily Photo bloggers have posted to honor this theme here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Villages Regional Hospital

The Villages Regional Hospital is a very busy place and is almost always involved in renovation and construction.  With thousands of people moving to The Villages every month, most of them being of an "advanced" age, you can imagine that The Villages and surrounding areas provide a wide array of medical opportunities and facilities. 

What was, as few as ten years ago, a relatively small community of homes with a nice little downtown has now become a vast, sprawling cacophony of houses, stores, shopping malls, sporting venues, and three "downtowns" covering many miles and hundreds and hundreds of acres.  Traffic is becoming a real problem and it's increasingly difficult to avoid getting run over by the gadzillion golf carts zooming through the streets

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fresh Off the Boat

At the Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown Ocala, the fish come to you, fresh off the boat!

Friday, August 28, 2015

West Virginia Redneck

Some of these people are still fighting the Civil War and flying the flag of treason. Note: Initially I thought this was a Florida truck. Thanks to Lois at Tallahassee Daily Photo for pointing out the error of my ways and I apologize to all non-racist Florida rednecks. The truck is from West Virginia.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A fish eye's view

At Silver Springs. A glass bottom boat. A fish eye's view of the bottom of a Florida tourist looking at fish through the glass bottom of a glass bottom boat.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Stormy weather on Amelia Island

We are still on hiatus, but celebrated our wedding anniversary on Amelia Island again this year. The above is one of the photos we took while tooling about the island, trying to avoid the storms.

We have put together a rather brief slide show on L & L Photography, which you can access here.

You may also be interesting in knowing that the book, "Perched on the Edge," is now available at Amazon for $15.48.

Our best wishes to all of our good blogging friends! We will be back!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Selfie in a Kayak

We'll be taking a break for a time. Have a great summer!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Leaf That Could

I came across this photo the other day. I do not remember when or where I took it. It was one leaf, a bright red one, hanging on despite being surrounded by barren desolation. Maybe there's a moral in this somewhere.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lost and Forgotten

Mimi's Restaurant. July. Ninety-five degrees.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hammering Man - University of Florida

This large statue is near the Art Museum at the University of Florida and is a "hammering man," the hammering action being driven hydraulically.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Frog Bird House

I'm not sure, but I do believe this is some kind of froggie bird house.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

En Garde?

This must be new. I've never before seen the sign nor have I heard of a fencing club in downtown Ocala. But, it's probably a good warning if you must be there at night. En Garde!

Monday, July 6, 2015

New Medical Center for Seniors

My sources of information, which are impeachable, tell me this is going to be a new comprehensive care medical center geared to serve our senior citizens. It's very large.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

May we play through?

...this happened on the Royal Oaks Golf Course. I guess we were playing too slow!

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Spotted this one at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages. I have no idea what it is but it seems to resemble a Batmobile. Maybe?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Crepe Myrtle Sunburst

The crepe myrtles are blooming all over our area, in a variety of colors. They are gorgeous!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hurrying Home

It was early evening in The Villages. While some stores were closing down for the day, restaurants and bars were doing a booming business. Dancing was commencing in the town square. But the lady driving this golf cart was heading home. Fast! I just hope no one got in her way!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Upside of the Downside - Aiden Lowell Fitzgerald


The theme for the first of July is "Upside Down."

The photo features our latest great-grandson.  His name is Aiden Lowell Fitzgerald.  I prefer that he be known as A. Lowell Fitzgerald, but I don't think that's going to happen.  Nevertheless, I predict he will become a great poet or possibly a comedian.

The picture features his downside.  The upside is that once A. Lowell is down, he will remain down for quite awhile. Or, until he gets hungry.  Which means his mother can do other things, like take a nap.  

And some clown thought this funny enough to turn upside down in celebration.  The clown's name is William S., another poet with a small reputation.

If you click HERE, you can view other takes on the theme by City Daily photographers.

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Handsome Steed

He was a handsome steed
of indeterminate parentage
and what were the odds
such a one-of-a-kind wonder
should end up captured and confined
in an art gallery
in a small little town
in the middle of nowhere
in Florida of all places
where most of the faces
were lined and worn
from the wind and the sun
where people went not to galleries
but rather the beach
to have their fun

So he was left to himself
to gaze out the window
at the walkers and gawkers
who sauntered along
who sometimes caught his eye
and then stared and wondered
how in the hell he got there
which of late is what he'd been
wondering himself
'cause it had been a long time
and the sign said "Don't Touch!"
which drove him mad
and made him sad
for like most equines
he loved human contact
and now he was aging fast
and was plasticized with fear
that soon he'd be put on the shelf
where the only thing that
could ease his mind
was the thought he would not
be made into a couch.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Busy Day on Saturday at Cedar Key

On Saturday, the fishermen and fisherwomen come out in droves to Cedar Key. They bring their boats. On trailers. Sometimes I think there are more boat trailers than their are residents!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sugarmill Restaurant Sign

The Sugarmill area is southwest of Ocala. We stopped at the Sugarmill Restaurant for lunch the other day. It was not a good experience. The service was lacking and the food mediocre. We won't be going back again. The beat-up old sign with flags waving in honor of Memorial Day or the 4th of July or something gives you an idea as to what the place is like.
"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