Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yellow flowers and sky of blue

This will probably be our last post for awhile.  We are attending to a medical emergency in Colorado and will fly there tomorrow.  But we will be back! 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Reflection at Gator's Dockside

Gator's Dockside is a restaurant noted for its steaks, hamburgers and French fries and its large selection of beer. It is divided into two sections, each of which has a number of large television sets on the walls, all of which are broadcasting sporting events.

The outer section looks out over the parking lot. But between the two sections there's a large window which you see in this photo. The photo was pure serendipity. I looked and saw reflections from the outside, reflections from the sporting events, people on the other side of the glass, as well as lights and colors. For example, the girl you see on the other side of the glass is one of the hostesses who greets patrons as they enter the restaurant.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Would you vote for a veterinarian to be a county commissioner?

I hope so, because Dr. Doug Shearer is our vet! He's fantastic and saved Haley's life a few years back. He's also against uncontrolled urban sprawl, which in Ocala is destroying too much of our beautiful countryside. A Democrat and a Republican were already in the race, so Dr. Shearer is running as a member of the Whig Party.

I'd never heard of the Whig Party, either. You'll have to Google that one!

He just might win. It seems that every horse farm/ranch in the county has posted one or more of his signs.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Art Meadows Jewelry is a small old-fashioned jewelry store. The operators are very nice, give you lots of personal attention and also handle things like watch repair and battery replacement.
We visited Art Meadows Jewelry a short time ago to have a watch repaired. Off to one side sat this piece of sculpture. I'd never seen it before. Very strange. I wonder if it is a "famous" piece.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ani's Shabby Shak

Unfortunately, this eclectic little shop in downtown Ocala has gone defunct. In fact, over the past few years, several little shops have opened in this location only to fold after a relatively short time.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cowgirl at the Paddock Mall...

...and she may have been watching me take her picture...

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Felix's restaurant is a long-time fixture in Ocala. Located on Silver Springs Boulevard, it offers upscale, gourmet dining. We have not patronized the restaurant as yet, but hope to do so in the future.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Steve Forrest and Bagelicious

Meet Steve Forrest, the man who runs our favorite bagel shop of all time, Bagelicious!
We've featured Bagelicious twice before, but have never shown the one who makes it all work so well, Mr. Forrest.

You will notice that Mr. Forrest has a slight halo about his head. Don't be fooled. He's a great guy, but he's no saint! :-)

If you find yourself in Ocala, looking for a great breakfast or lunch, hie thyself to Bagelicious!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Olan Mills ladies posing for the camera

As I was walking by, these two ladies, engaged in selling Olan Mills portraits, saw my camera and smiled. So, naturally, I pointed my camera at them. This is the result!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

To the left is a door ... a health food store!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Offebacher Madche

I have no clue what this phrase means. But I think if you're going to put a sign or painting on your car, its meaning ought to be clear to everyone. Right? ;-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Christopher at Verizon Wireless

Christopher is one heck of a salesman and works for Verizon Wireless at the Paddock Mall in Ocala. He is also warm and easy-going and very knowledgeable about his product(s).

If you live in Ocala and are looking to buy a new cell phone, you might want to stop by and see Chris at the Verizon kiosk in the mall.

We did!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Old horse barn

This is an old horse barn, located just off one of Ocala's busiest thoroughfares.  The horses are gone as are the windows and the building is rotting slowly away. At one time, this property was no doubt part of a very large horse farm but it must have gotten in the way of "progress"!

This post is in conjunction with a new meme developed by Tricia at Bluff Area Daily dealing with barns.  Please click here to view the posts of other participants.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Picnic benches in back of Dillard's Department Store...

...probably to be used by employees for their lunch break...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Downtown post of unknown origin

I don't remember seeing this "post" (or whatever) before in downtown Ocala. We looked it over very carefully and have no clue as to what it is for. I suppose it could be a hitching post but you don't see a lot of horses downtown even if Ocala is the "Horse Capitol of the World"!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Light my path...

...on a rainy night...
"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