Saturday, May 16, 2009
Some CDP bloggers, including myself, have been having problems accessing CDP and the portal over the past few days...please know that if I don't comment as per usual, it's not for lack of trying. Sometimes CDP and some blogs just will not load.
Per Stromsjo wanted me to photograph a "Swedish" house in Ocala (Blue and yellow). I've searched far and wide but have yet to find a house with those colors. But...this afternoon, we discovered a large horse farm between Ocala and Gainesville and behold, the horse barn was indeed a "Swedish" horse barn!
I'll keep looking for a "Swedish" house, however. There's got to be one somewhere in town.
Photo by Lois Anne.
If you read my rant at Ocala Daily Photo, you know some of us are having a problem accessing CDP and the portal and thus the blogs. In quite a few cases, I've not been able to get to a blog to leave a comment. This problem started a few days ago, but it hasn't gotten any better.
If you look closely at the roof of the condo building, you'll see a bunch of seagulls who have gathered for some kind of seagull convention. They took off not long after I snapped this photo.
Friday, May 15, 2009
At certain times of the year and on certain days, Hollywood Beach, just south of Fort Lauderdale, is not crowded at all. This was one of those days. The blue sky and emerald waters combined to bless those spending a lazy afternoon in the sand and surf.
It has changed hands, and now consists of a bar on the main level and a restaurant on the top level. For years it was a restaurant known as the Captain's Table. We have often sat out on the far end of the dock, celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, sipping margaritas, washed with the colors of the setting sun.
I guess it doesn't really matter what they call it, to us it will always be known as the Captain's Table.
Photo by Lois Anne.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I had thought Johnny Rocket's was a local operation. It is not. Johnny Rocket's is an international chain with restaurants in many countries, including Dubai, and in one case, on an ocean-going cruise ship.
It is a 1950s style diner, serving milk shakes, hamburgers, fries, etc. This particular restaurant is in Lake Sumter Landing, directly across from the town square. We have yet to eat there, but it seems to be doing a good business.
Destin, Florida, in the panhandle, is a beautiful resort community located along Florida's Emerald Coast, so-called because the waters often turn a brilliant emerald color. Noted for its white sand and blue skies, it has become a favorite vacation spot.
Several dolphin boats operate out of Destin, and for a fee will take you on an afternoon or sunset cruise to watch dolphins frolic in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This dolphin boat is returning to the Destin harbor from just such a cruise.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Just beyond the Canadian exhibition at the World Showcase at Epcot lies the United Kingdom exhibition. The UK exhibit includes several buildings which replicate what you might find in Britain. These three icons are right out front, but there are other similar phone booths in other areas of the exhibit. It seems if you want to tag something as British, put up a red phone booth!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Lois Anne and I spent Mother's Day at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando. As we were walking along near the British exhibition, these two characters drove by. They saw my camera, stopped to pose, laughing and giggling the whole while. They must be the happiest pair or silliest pair of people I've seen in a long time. Their cart was filled with plastic flamingos and, as you can see, has a water hose hanging on the front. I expect they were planting those flamingos in appropriate garden spots around Epcot.
Great fun! And if they see this - thank you very much!
As you drive into Lake Sumter Landing, you will see Gal's barber shop. It was closed when we took this photo, so I don't know if Gal is the name of the owner, or if it is a barber shop for gals.
I'll try to check that out as I'm finding it hard to sleep at night not knowing the truth of the matter.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Erosion of the shore by the sea is a constant problem in Florida. This is John Lloyd Park in Dania (adjacent to Ft. Lauderdale) and shows the kind of erosion which occurs from tropical storms and hurricanes. Communities spend millions of dollars every year to restore the beaches.
Photo by Lois Anne.