Saturday, January 31, 2015

HITS 2015 VI - The Final Series

Proud Equine

A horse has to eat!

Oops!  You caught me!

An artistic approach

Painting by Triqui

Friday, January 30, 2015

Duck Dynasty Chair

Just when you think you seen it all, something like this Duck Dynasty chair pops up. We found it in an upscale furniture store where we go once in awhile just to drool over stuff we can never afford. It was very much out-of-place, as you can imagine. And ugly as sin.

If you've not heard of the Duck Dynasty clan, they're a bunch of rednecks from way down south Louisiana way who pretend they live in the swamps and chase gators and other critters.  I don't know where the idea came from but the men let their hair and beards grow and they got their own teehee teevee show and they're interviewed on talk shows and they love Jesus and isn't it wunnerful.

The truth is they are a bunch of yuppies who before they became Duck Dynasty wore suits and ties and had short hair and drove expensive cars and spent more time in classy saloons and restaurants than in the swamps.

In other words, it's all a con.  But hey, it's the American way, and they've got their own upscale ugly chair in furniture stores everywhere, along with tee shirts and hats and just about every other product you can tie a name; and they're raking in millions of dollars!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tesla charging stations

The Tesla, from what I hear, is a new type of electric car - luxurious and very expensive!  We stumbled on these Tesla charging stations quite by accident in the Heathbrook outdoor mall area. We have never seen them before so they must have been installed recently.

What struck me is they weren't attached to a convenience store or restaurant!

I don't know if there is a Tesla dealer nearby but perhaps a dealership is planned for our city?  I'd better put in my order now.  :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


A nice jump

Waiting patiently

Morning workout

Time to call it a day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Disney World on TV

This photo was taken on the 15th anniversary of Disney World in Orlando.  If I remember correctly, it pictures a cafe at the "Small World" attraction.  The year was 1986.

The TV effect is a Photoshop action by Panos FX.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

HITS Ocala 2015 - IV

Coming 'round the bend

Heading toward the jump

Made it!

Swatting flies and jumping simultaneously! 


Lunch time

Friday, January 23, 2015

HITS Ocala 2015 - III

Solid jump

Taking a walk

Who's on first?

Proud stepper

Flying through the air

Let's go home!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

HITS Ocala 2015 - II

Smoothing out an arena

We've had some rain so the grounds were very muddy

Better let sleeping dogs lie

Let's see, which way should we go?

Gorgeous, expensive saddles from France

A young girl and her horse getting in some practice

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HITS is back in town!

HITS (Horses in the Sun) 2015, the international jumping competition, is back in Ocala at the Post Time Farm. Events are scheduled through most of March, culminating in the $1 million Gran Prix event on March 23.

We visited the HITS setup last week. It was rather cool and a weekday so not a lot was happening. But we got some decent photos which we'll post over the next few days.

If you're interested in learning more about HITS in Ocala, click here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tree lights...

...hidden in the trees.

Monday, January 19, 2015


...this is about 1/4 mile from our house. I don't know why it's posted. No hunting or fishing is allowed, even though there isn't a lake in sight and the only animals are raccoons and coyotes. Well, maybe a black bear or two.

It's an enigma. I'd jump the fence and hike up the road just to see what there is to see but in Florida one can get shot dead for trespassing.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Marco, the Painting Barber

Marco is my barber.  Marco has been barbering for many years, the last decade or so here in Ocala.  He does a great job and has many great stories to tell. 

Marco is also a painter.  He's a very good painter.  The selections above are his paintings hanging on the wall of the barber shop.  He has just completed a still-life and now plans a painting ot none other than Charlie Chaplin. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

McAlisters Deli ... optical illusion?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Golfing Buddies

"Where did that little ball go?"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Jesus!

I found this on my way home from golf this noon.
"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