Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The gateway to Ocala and The Pixel Perfect Award


We lived in Ocala for a couple of years before we noticed these posts. They are an enigma, located in a nondescript area far from the city's borders (they stand in front of the church I posted a couple days ago) on what is now a minor side street.

The only thing I can think of is that at one time, many years ago, they marked the city limits. But Ocala and Silver Springs are two separate entities, and Silver Springs is not a city, but a park.

I kind of like them, but they make no sense at all.


The Pixel Perfect Award




It is with great pleasure that Lois Anne and I award the Pixel Perfect Award to Vogon Poet and Trillian at Livorno Daily Photo!

We have long been impressed with the photography presented on Livorno Daily Photo and feel they are most deserving of this award.

This prestigious award is given to a photo blogger who exhibits exceptional photographic skills in terms of artistic creativity, composition, sharpness and exposure.

Vogon Poet has another excellent blog, Daily Photo Stream, where he posts photos taken on his various travels around the world.

You are invited to visit these blogs to share in their photographic excellence and please offer your congratulations to these fine photographers.

25 comments:

tapirgal said...

Jacob and Lois Anne, I really enjoyed your post (sorry, no pun intended) today. I had to laugh about the posts in the middle of nowhere and your description of why they make no sense. It sure looks like the entry to some upscale gated community, but then look at what's behind them. Not so fancy! I also applaud your choice for the award. I love that blog. It has class and style, and the photos especially appeal to me.

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm very impressed with these pillars! They are old and beautiful! I liked a lot the flowers, I guess it is welcoming everyone for this place.
Léia :)

Don and Krise said...

And I'm guessing no one has ever taken the initiative to either move them or build new ones right? Maybe they thought nobody would notice.

Olivier said...

c'était peut être l'entrée dans un ancien quartier ou d'une ancienne propriété. ces deux portes sont belles.
it was can be the entrance in an ancient quarter or of an ancient ownership. these two doors are nice.

Vogon Poet said...

Jacob, thank you for the award and the kind words.

Bergson said...

Les douaniers sont absents et ils ne peuvent nous renseigner
Customs officers are absent and they can not inform us

Small City Scenes said...

Congrats to Vogon Poet.

As for the entry posts I would say it is your mission--if you are willing--to find out whys and where-fors. Inquiring minds need to know. MB

Kcalpesh said...

Looks like you've captured a lovely place in this excelent composition. Very fresh.

& Congrats to Vogon Poet and Trillian for the Pixel Perfect Award. :-)

D said...

The columns are really stately and important looking. Surely there's an interesting history!

Halcyon said...

Stop trying to make sense of everything and just enjoy!

Frank said...

Could the columns at some time in the past marked the entrance to a new developement or neigborhood? We have several, now rather buried on busy streets, that stand at what was the start of some builder's new area of homes, away from the then city limits, in the 1920s.

Livorno is SO deserving of your award. Always good stuff and most enjoyable.

Daryl said...

I wonder if at one time there was a park there ...
Congrats to Livorno!

Lois said...

They must have made sense to someone a long time ago. I like them too!

m_m said...

I like this photo! Nice place!

Trillian said...

Thank you again for the award!

Asta said...

Hi Jacob,

This looks very nice. Silver Springs sounds very exotic. Not at all something I would combine with a church or a park. I would think it was the name of a village.

Best regards
Asta

Jacob said...

You're very welcome, Trillian; but you do deserve it!

Jacob said...

Hi Asta,

Silver Springs is an area east of Ocala...there is also a Silver Springs Park, one of the first "theme" parks in Florida. It's at the head of the Silver River where 1/2 million gallons of fresh water enter from an underground cave every day...there are glass-bottomed boat rides, other boat rides, old forts, a small zoo, and a variety of other things to see and do.

They also hold a series of outdoor concerts when it cools down - over the winter and spring with the big name acts; a lot of country such as Willie Nelson.

Many movies have been film here along with TV shows like Sea Hunt, and I Spy. A number of early Tarzan movies were filmed in these waters.

Unfortunately, what with all the Disney stuff in Orlando, the park has fallen on hard times and is only open a few days a week. But it's a great place to wander about. I've posted a number of photos from the park and will post more in the future.

Tricia said...

Ok, but did you win the award from someone? Congratulations goes out to you! Now I'm on my way over to Livorno

Sean said...

They dont make much sense but not to post them wouldnt be making much sense either. Make sense?

Jacob said...

@ Tricia - The answer to your question is yes: the gods of photography! ;-))

Lee Spangler said...

At least there isn't a troll there taking money before you can pass!

Jacob said...

@ Lee - Well, actually there was. But I rode over him with my horse!

Dan J. said...

As always, an interesting post. You find some really obscure things in that city of yours. I for one am a fan of city markers and/or monuments that make no sense what so ever. This one is great. It would be cool to see if you could find out just where the heck these things came from.... or what they are for.

Oh, thanks for the very kind words you left the other day and always leave with encouragement. You always take the time to come visit my blog and I appreciate very much that you do. I have taken your advice and will be trying to do some "multi-shot" posts when the time arises.

Always nice to have you come visit my friend.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Congratulations on the award !! This photo too is lovely and very beautiful location..!! THanks for sharng..Unseen Rajasthan

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