Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Doctor's Exam Room...

...with maybe a tiny bit of Photoshopping...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Trilogy Tower & Main Gate

The Trilogy Tower has become an identifying marker for the Trilogy Resort here in Ocala.  So far as I know it is empty and has no particular meaning other than to be an identifier.  Smaller of these towers are located in other areas of the resort.

The 2nd photo is the main gate where visitors and residents enter Trilogy. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Family Time

This father and his children were walking the Silver River Trail in the Silver River State Park. The trail is about 1/2 mile long, and they were almost to the river. Not an alligator in sight!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Little Red Car

This little red car would have been a perfect Christmas gift for either a boy or girl.  But alas, Christmas has passed.

Aha!  Think outside of the box.  Do you have a child who occasionally surpasses your expectations?  Do you have a child who despite certain limitations, does his or her very best?  Do you have a child who never seems to get things quite right.

In each and every of these cases, would this not be a fine surprise gift; a way of showing your unconditional love, dependent upon nothing more than they are your child?

And if not this year, maybe next?  And if not a little red car, then perhaps something more appropriate to the child in question?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Gator Sign - Silver River State Park

I've seen this sign many times before, but had never read it closely as signs like this are common and are not all that helpful as we are aware that most bodies of water, especially in central and south Florida, contain alligators.

We've seen gators in this area of the Silver River but usually out some distance from the shoreline.  What caught my attention this time is the sentence that reads gators "are present along the trails and waterways of this park." 

Trails?  Really?  When I thought about it, I realized I shouldn't have been surprised as there are times when the land beside the trails is flooded and the water several feet deep.  That's where you'd find the gators.

But as I've mentioned in previous posts:  Not to worry, gators only eat once a month.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Black Barn Restaurant

When you see a sign advertising a restaurant named "Black Barn" at the HITS event, you don't think much of it as barns are endemic to horses and horse raising and horse racing and just about any other activity horses engage in.

But when that restaurant is located in New York City, it gives one pause.  It came to life recently, in 2015, but has already built something of a reputation as it is built on a barn theme.

Now, I've been in a lot of barns.  I've been in some dairy barns.  I've helped milk cows in dairy barns.  I like barns.  But one thing about most barns is they stink to high heaven!  A barn is not a place where I would wish to eat.

But, the Black Barn in New York must not stink and seems to be doing OK catering to people who are curious about barns and what it would be like to eat in a barn.

One source had this to say:  The Black Barn offers "upscale American cuisine served in a barn-inspired setting with a chef's table."  

You can find out much more (with photos) HERE.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Tale of an old Cart

Note:  This scene was photographed in Spanish Springs, The Villages.

With regard to the title, I'm exaggerating a bit.  If there is a "tale" here, I don't know it.  But this cart, created to give the impression of age, and another time, may have been based upon a tale.  It was obviously built to carry items from one place to another.

The black and white treatment was an afterthought, and because colored photos were not utilized at the time these carts represent, I thought it might be a good idea to see what this old cart looked like in b&w.

Which do you like best?

This post was cross-posted to our blog on The Villages, which you can find HERE.

Monday, February 19, 2018

"Master, come quick!"

"I'm warning you, don't come any closer! I bite! I'll have to hurt you and I don't want to do that! My master is just getting the mail and he'll be right back!"

In the Trilogy community all mail is delivered to a central location where every resident has his/her or their own mailbox. It's a great system, because your mail is kept safe from the bad guys and from inclement weather. It's somewhat of a pain, because you have to go down to the Oak House every afternoon to get your mail. Most of the residents subscribe to a free service of the Post Office which provides an email showing scans of the mail you will be getting on any particular day. That's nice. And if all you see are advertisements, you can leave them until the next day! :)

Quite a few people throw their dog in their golf cart when they go get their mail, as per the above photo. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Service Van from On Top Of The World

On Top Of The World is one of the largest 55+ communities in this area. It was begun by Sidney Colen about 50 years ago and has experienced substantial growth. Currently, there are approximately 10,000 residents, but new homes are being built at a steady pace. A huge assisted living and retirement home facility has just been completed.

The success of OTOW has been largely due to meeting the needs of older people seeking a safe and fun place to live. One of the ways OTOW helps achieve this goal, is by providing service vans like the one pictured which take residents to and from doctor's appointments, shopping centers, etc.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saddle Shops & Tack Shop

These photos were taken at HITS, 2018.  The first two photos feature small shops that deal mainly in saddles and bridles, etc.  I noticed two things about them:  1) many of the finest saddles are made in France and 2) they are very expensive.  As I recall, the saddles start in the $4,000 range and go up from there. 

The last photo features a tack shop, which sells a wide range of equipment used by horses and riders; not just saddles but also clothing, boots, etc.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The School Board of Marion County, Florida

This building, which houses the offices of the School Board of Marion County, Florida, also features one of Ocala's special horses.  Some of you may remember that there were about 75-100 of these horses in the Ocala area, part of a program called "Horse Fever."  I'm not sure what happened to the program but many of the horses still stand.

Notice also that I was specific about this Marion County being in Florida.  There's another Marion County in Ohio and sometimes the two get mixed up.  But not on my watch or my blog!  :)

I thought this an appropriate post considering HITS (Horses in the Sun") is in full swing until about the middle of March.  I shall be posting a few more photos of HITS in the future.

A final note:  Don't you think the School Board could come up with a better sign on the facade?  Make developing such a sign a special project of the art classes in Marion County's high schools, with the winners getting a trip to Washington, D.C.  I take that last part back.  There's way too much stupidity and way too many morons in that city.  Send them to Disney World instead!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Child Shall Teach Them

This young lady is nine years old!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ready, Set, Go!

It was unbelievable, really! One winter afternoon, as I was walking down a hospital corridor, I noticed a small insert in the wall and saw two of these whatchamacallits hanging out together. As I passed by, I heard the one on the left say, "OK, let's make a break for it!"

Not waiting to see what happened, I shuffled along double-time in the opposite direction!  The hospital shut down for two hours later in the day, though.

Nah, I just made that up 'cause this is such a boring photograph.  And I did warn you.  I said it was unbelievable.  ;)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Greeter at Roma's Italian Restaurant

We are taking a break from HITS today by posting a photo of a greeter who stands just outside the front door of Roma's Italian restaurant. It's a good restaurant, with excellent food and modest prices.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

HITS (Horses In The Sun) is back in town!

HITS is a massive spectacle of jumping horses and beautiful riders engaged in numerous contests over a period of 10 weeks with $4 million dollars at stake.  The winner of the final competition on March 25 will receive $1 million dollars.

People come from all over the United States and other countries to bring their horses and hopes and dreams to HITS.  

HITS is held at the Post Time Farm, a 450-acre spread some 10-15 miles northwest of Ocala.  Post Time Farm offers contestants 100 permanent padlocks, and 30 permanent barns.

We spent a day watching the training, the exercises and the competitions.  We go to HITS each year because it is such great fun.  You haven't lived until you feel the earth move under your feet as a beautiful horse thunders by to leap over a barrier I would need a bridge to cross!

We will be showing more of the HITS experience in the days ahead.  What you see in this post is part of an actual competition.  The young lady and her steed were amazing!

If you wish to know more about HITS, click HERE.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Abandoned Shopping Center

It was a warm and foggy morning.  My nerves were jangled and I needed something to calm them down.  Change bothers me.  Change upsets me.  Why would I ever be in this old, abandoned shopping center?

The answer is that we do what we have to do for City Daily Photo!  

This was at one time a thriving shopping center, anchored by one of our most elite supermarkets, located on what is now a very busy road, Highway 27.  Then, for reasons not readily apparent, the powers that be, using all the intellect allotted to them, went across a small road and built another almost identical shopping center, leaving this one to rot.  

I've tried to make sense of it, but can't.  The two shopping centers aren't more than 200 yards apart.  The new shopping center has a number of vacant spaces.  

This had to be a costly move.  Do you think that customers are paying for it in higher prices in all the stores located in the new shopping center?

I thought about it a long time, and then went home to take a nap.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Tie A Pinkish Ribbon On the Old Oak Tree...

With apologies to Tony Orlando who wrote the lyrics for the vastly popular song, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon On The Old Oak Tree."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sean Nichols - New Car Sales Manager - Jenkins Acura

Sean Nichols is a warm, wonderful, honest sales representative and manager and I have bought cars from him previously.  On this occasion, however, I was merely having my car serviced.  I could not afford the RLX in any case!

The new car showroom and offices

A new Acura RLX - the top of the Acura line

The RLX Cockpit

A beautiful building

The mostly new car sales lot

The sales lot done in B&W

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mobile Pet Groomer

One of our neighbors has two cute little dogs and every so often she hires a mobile pet groomer to trim their fur and bathe them.  We did the same thing when we had our golden retriever and I remember that trailer was filled with all sorts of gadgets as well as a large bathtub. 
"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