Saturday, January 20, 2018

Advertising Gas Pump


This is a gas pump located at one of our local stations. Some moron in marketing got the bright idea that customers would love to watch the news and ads for various products while pumping gas.  And the customers, of course, are a "captive" audience...it's perfect. 

Not all of the gas stations in Ocala do this, but it's becoming more popular so I expect to see additional stations adopting the idea as time goes by. 

For a guy who mutes every ad that shows up on my television, this drives me crazy!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Z.O.R.T. Zombie Outbreak Response Team


This vehicle is from out-of-state. Although I wasn't able to interview the driver, it appears we have had a Zombie outbreak here in Ocala. But I'm not worried. If the people who own this truck see this post, I'd suggest they head to Washington, D.C., where dead people walking is a common sight!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Contextual Textual Conversation


This slice-of-life was taken at the Gainesville, Florida airport.  The young man appears to be leaving on a jet plane as he has gone through security and is in the arrival/departure lounge.  The young lady, with whom I'd guess he is familiar, is in the area reserved for those who are awaiting someone's arrival or watching someone's departure. 

These two could not hear each other through the window, so voila! they were saved by technology and could "converse" through their smart phones.  It worked pretty well from what I could tell.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Beginning of a Forest


I understand that some of my blogging friends have had a hard time posting comments on this blog.  The problem has been resolved, I believe.  If anyone has difficulty posting comments or with anything else related to this blog, please let me know ASAP.  Thanks much!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Old, Good-looking, Green Truck


Don't see many of these around anymore. I'm at a loss as to the make (Chevy?) or year of this truck. Any ideas?

Remnants of Fall - 2017


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Springs at Silver Springs




These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago.  Surprisingly, there were a lot of visitors present, most of whom were from out of state.  As you can see this is the main area of interest with some restaurants and souvenir shops.  It is also where the glass bottom boats dock to take on and unload passengers.

If you were in a boat and went to the right side of the dock area, you would find the famous spring 50 feet below.  You would also see some artifacts left in the water from various movies and TV shows that were filmed here.  "I Spy," was one of them, a James Bond movie, and many, if not most, of the Tarzan movies were filmed in Silver Springs.

But it's the springs that make Silver Springs what it is.  The cave at 50 feet below gushes forth with about 1/2 million gallons of water every 24 hours.  That's enough water to quench the thirst of New York City for a day.  The water is 99.9% pure and is at 72 degrees Fahrenheit year 'round.

The water becomes the Silver River which feeds into the Ocklawaha River, and then into the St. John's River and finally into the Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Matching Mustangs


It seems rather appropriate that one of our neighbors, whose house is located adjacent to a large horse farm, should have twin Mustangs sitting in their driveway. Of course, these particular Mustangs are made by Ford. They just appeared one day "out of the blue," as is said. I think they are quite handsome.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Azaleas in December?


These azaleas were planted in the median of the main road into the Trilogy resort about two weeks ago. Azaleas are hardy and thrive in our climate but I'm curious where the maintenance people found so many in such beautiful shape...love those reds!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Light at the End of the Tunnel


In spite of what has been said on occasion, people living in The Villages can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Party Time!


I posted a photo similar to this one a few months ago.  This is a large space in the line of shops which make up the Silver Springs commercial area, and is just across from where the glass bottom boats board visitors.

In all the years I've visited Silver Springs, I've never noticed this space.  Now, it appears to be used for various large events.  In my previous posting, I believe it was staged for a wedding reception.

That maybe the case here but these colors are more Christmasy than wedding.  The photo was taken after Christmas but I have a feeling it had something to do with that holiday. 

You can get a glimpse of the boarding area and one of the glass bottom boats in the reflection.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wagon Wheel Benches - Brownwood, The Villages, Florida


The Villages is a huge municipal complex, consisting of three main "hometowns" and hometown areas. The first was Spanish Springs; then came Lake Sumter Landing; and relatively recently, Brownwood. I'm not certain of the statistics as The Villages continues to grow at a rapid pace, but suffice it to say that there are probably some 50,000 homes and many more people and just as many golf cars. 

Brownwood has a western theme and so the downtown area resembles an old west town, which is rather funny, because we are about as far east in the United States as one could get!

At any rate, wagon wheel benches are part of the "western" theme and thus you'll find a number of them in the Brownwood downtown.
"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