Friday, December 9, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Blossoming Tree

In our community, this particular tree is relatively popular. I used to know its name, but cannot remember. In the fall, it fills out with colorful blossoms but I think it is a messy tree.  It's popular because it's pretty.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lofts On The Square

For years, the City of Ocala has talked about building "lofts" or apartments in downtown. Previously there was discussion about revamping an older multi-story building which would be converted to apartments on the upper floor(s) while the first floor would showcase a variety of business enterprises.

This, obviously, was easier said and done. Early on one con man stuck the city for over $1 million before he disappeared into the night, which might indicate the city leaders did not vet him sufficiently.

Now, however, it seems some "lofts" are being built directly across from the town square. I know nothing more, but I think it is correct to say that these will be pricey unless, of course, folks object to living in what is still a somewhat sketchy area, especially at night.

But I think this is a step in the right direction. Other cities have done this and it has worked well and it is essential to revive the downtown area to make this a more livable city.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Almost Perfect

It's a truck with green wheels. Don't know why it has green wheels. But it is almost a perfect Christmas truck. All it needs is a big red bow attached to the grille.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Floral Delight

Initially, this floral arrangement wasn't all that much to look at; but I thought it had potential, so I took the shot. When I got it on the computer, I was delighted. It is indeed, a floral delight! it real or is it faux?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Houses Housing Businesses - Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages

In Lake Sumter Landing of The Villages, you will find a number of structures that appear to be houses where people live, but in reality contain a variety of businesses, many of which are related to the needs of The Villages.

The first two photos show houses which are used for professionals such as accountants and insurance agents.  The third photo shows a house on Main Street which contains a large health insurance company.

Houses in the other photos are used for similar purposes.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Window

The Window

Hidden in the trees
 we wonder what it sees
 and if behind the glass
 great things come to pass
 to knock us on our knees
 will wonders never cease

Friday, December 2, 2016

Orange Tree

It's that time of year; the citrus fruit is beginning to get ripe. We just need a few more cooler days and these will be ready to pick and eat; usually by the end of December.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Santa and His Sleigh

It was really quite amazing...I took that first shot as Santa came sleighing by, and then, within seconds, it began to snow. Would you believe that? Snow here in Ocala?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Peddler's Wagon - Eustis, Florida

The Peddler's Wagon, a gift shop extraordinaire, is an icon in central Florida. Located in the beautiful town of Eustis, it offers an amazing selection of fine gifts but more importantly at this time of year, it has the largest collection of Christmas ornaments and gifts that I've ever seen.  

It is owned and operated by Kevin Jenness and his family who offer shoppers a warm welcome.  Thanks to son, Sean, for his assistance during our recent visit to this beautiful shop. 

The photos above are just a small sample of what is available at The Peddler's Wagon.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Out Of My Gourd

One day not long ago, I mentioned to a friend that the leaves on some of our trees changed colors in the fall.  He laughed and laughed and said, "You're out of your gourd!"

Well, I want you to know I am not out of my gourd.  And to prove it I offer the photo below showing several intact gourds.

And then, to show my friend just how wrong he was to laugh at me and mock me I've included shots of a few of our changing trees.  I know these don't compare with what you can see up north, but hey, they're better than nothing!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fall in Ocala

Photo painted by Triqui.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

House 4 Sale

This beautiful home has been for sale for some time.  It's just down the road from us in the mini-horse farm area.  I love that porch and it has a large screen-enclosed swimming pool.

Notice the "For Sale" sign.  This gentleman has a number of these "You buy this house, I'll buy yours" signs up in the area.  Sounds good, but there's a bug in that soup:  At the very bottom, in small print, it says something to the effect that he and the buyer must come to agreement on sale and purchase prices.  

I didn't see anything about time limits, either.  So, the big question is:  Will he buy your home before you close on this one so you can use those funds for the purchase?  I guess I could call and find out but I've got other, more pressing matters to attend to.  I have to take a nap.  

"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