Thursday, November 15, 2018

I miss Ike...

I'm old enough to remember President Eisenhower and know that today's Republicans wouldn't give him the time of day. His biggest mistake was to opt for interstate highways instead of rail transportation. But he was basically a good person which we cannot say about the current occupant of the White House.

And hell yes, although quite young, I remember Harry Truman. He was feisty and yet did not beat up on people who were poor or different than he was. He didn't take any guff and when a certain general gave him a problem, like wanting to take the Korean War into China, ol' Harry relieved him of his position. Harry knew that to fight a land war against the Chinese was irredeemably stupid!

I would take either of these two over the orange-headed monster in Washington who oozes evil and terrorizes the world with his crackpot ideas and monumental lies.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Golf Course View

This nice new home backs up to a golf course.  The residents can sit in those comfy red chairs on their patio and watch the golfers as they pass by.  Such a venue is guaranteed to provide lots of laughs.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cleo - wrapped and ready to go

Cleopatra is my cat.  She has adopted me.  She's very opinionated and very bossy.  She makes her likes and dislikes known.  One of the things she likes to do is play in plastic bags we bring home from the store.

In this case, she's telling me to leave her alone.  I can have the bag back when she's done with it.  I said OK, then went and got my camera.  One of my likes is to take photos of her.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Mourning Dove

This morning dove was traveling through Ocala and decided to visit the Trilogy Resort.  It was a beautiful, warm morning; the various exercise groups had not yet arrived to work out in the swimming pool and thus it was the perfect time for a morning dove to contemplate a quick bath before resuming her journey.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cattle Egrets on the fence

In my original post here I called these birds, "cowbirds."  I've heard that for years and assumed it was because they hung around cattle.  I was wrong.  These are cattle egrets, a species of heron.  They came to Florida from Canada some years back.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Every house needs a roof

Waiting for the rest of the roof...

...and here it comes.  As my dog would say, "Woof!  Woof!"

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Needles at Heathbrook

Heathbrook is a large outdoor mall in Ocala. Although built several years ago, it is just now beginning to take off and I think it will eventually be quite successful.

There is a small green area in the middle of the mall, which contains several beautiful oak trees and a statue of a horse. Some years back, I did a post on this statue. It celebrates the importance of the thoroughbred industry in the Ocala area.

The first thoroughbred farm in the Ocala area was Rosemere, which started up in 1936. But it wasn't until 20 years later when an Ocala thoroughbred by name of "Needles" won the Kentucky Derby that the thoroughbred industry came into its own. Within 10 years, the number of horse farms went from a handful to many hundreds. Today Ocala is known as the "Horse Capital of the World."

This is a statue of Needles, 1956 Kentucky Derby Champion.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Pilgrim Friends

These two Pilgrim friends are waiting patiently for the arrival of Thanksgiving Day when their attire won't be so out-of-place.

The powers-that-be at City Daily Photo have designated the theme for November 1 to be "Friendship."  You can check all the various takes on the theme HERE.

"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