Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Prior to 2013, the Silver River State Park was independent of the Silver Springs Theme Park, with which many of you are familiar. The Silver Springs Theme Park was one of the main Florida attractions prior to the arrival of Walt Disney and his minions who initiated a theme park explosion with the construction of Disney World in Orlando almost 40 years ago.
In recent years, the Silver Springs Theme Park has been negatively affected by decreasing attendance and high maintenance costs. Finally, in 2013, the state of Florida (which bought the property in 1985) took over the park from the folks who had leased it and merged it with the Silver River State Park and the two, now become one, are (is?) known as the Silver Springs State Park.
This sign is found in what was the old Silver River State Park. The Nature Trail takes one through a forested area to the Silver River, a 4.5 mile waterway which flows from the springs to the Oklawaha River. It is about a half-mile trek to the Silver River, a gorgeous "old Florida" place where one can canoe and kayak but not fish!
You can read more about all of this here. And if you wish to see something of what the Silver Springs Theme Park was all about, just Google "Silver Springs" in the "search" box at the top right of this blog.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Not long ago, while on a bike ride through the neighborhood, we noticed one of our neighbor's had a wonderful backyard garden. So, we stopped to take a picture.
Would you believe this guy stepped out from the bushes and gave us a stern warning to stay away?
Fortunately a cat happened to dart across the street and captured his attention so I could capture him on camera.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
This Prize Vault is located in the food court of the Paddock Mall in Ocala. I've often sat and watched people try to "unlock" a prize using hand levers. I have never see anyone have any success.
But it's very tantalizing and addictive because you can come extremely close. Thus people keep shoving dollar bills into its maw thinking that next time they will get that prize!
Wish I was the owner!
Friday, January 3, 2014
"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