Saturday, May 23, 2009

Boat at anchor on Lake Sumter

This boat, like so many other things in The Villages, is to look at, not use. It is across the lake, on the far side of Lake Sumter, but a long lens has compressed the distance intimating that it's near at hand.

I think it's a nice-looking vessel, even if it isn't "real."

Parisian advertising column

An advertising column, just like you might see along any street in Paris. Only this one is located at the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando.

Tackle shop

Would you buy your fishing tackle here?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Paris in Central Florida

The people who designed Epcot's World Showcase went to great lengths to attain a certain amount of authenticity. This is France. The Eiffel Tower is inaccessible but you can see the Seine and some of the things one might see along the Seine - a bicycle, an artist's easel, a small boat, etc.

We'll be showing more of France in Florida over the next couple of days. While they have replicated French-looking buildings, there is no replica of Notre Dame.

This photo was cross posted at Fotoerase.

Sculpture - Cedar Key style

If one is going to fashion a sculpture relevant to Cedar Key, nothing is more relevant than a fisherman. This sculpture stands next to a gift shop along Main Street. I find it quirky, humorous, even. There's a slight problem, of course: The fish is coming out of the ground. I guess it is necessary to engage one's imagination.

Chair to nowhere

It's at the rear of the Barnes and Noble bookstore, this chair. It overlooks a small canal and parking lot. You can sit in it, but why? It seems to have no purpose other than decoration. In the second photo, I redecorated it a bit - changing the color photo to a color sketch.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Being a Disneyesque affair, Lake Sumter Landing has arranged for a boat to crash into a pier. If nothing else, it offers a point of conversation. Do you like the black and white photo better?


This fine lady decided to sit down and wait at Doc Hollywood Days in Micanopy, Florida last weekend. Perhaps her family was checking out the antique stores, or her grandchildren were riding the train...

Frog legs, anyone?

You will find the Frog's Landing Family Restaurant on the dock, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fill your cup with happiness

Cups for sale in Micanopy.

Cross posted a couple of days ago to Fotoerase (

Dockside Marina

The Waterfront Inn - Lake Sumter Landing

This is another version of Lake Sumter's Waterfront Inn at night.

Cross posted to

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bowling alley

If I recall correctly, this building houses a rec center and bowling alley. Whatever, it's a beautiful building just north of downtown Spanish Springs.

The beauty of Epcot

We'll be showing more of Disney World's Epcot Center in the days ahead. This photo was taken by Lois Anne.

Much needed directions

You'll find this sign on a small deli-type restaurant located a block from Main Street.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A river runs through it

Well, not exactly a river. A small stream. Near downtown Lake Sumter Landing. It's rather attractive though.

A Cedar Key landmark (seamark?)

This pier and the old shack off to the port side are Cedar Key icons. Weathered and beaten from numerous storms, they still stand. More or less.

Photo by Lois Anne.

More of Micanopy's Doc Hollywood Days

It appears this first shot is of a replica of a Micanopy house from years ago (notice it's on wheels though).

The young man in the second photo is a hunter of fossils, shark teeth, etc. He said most of what he finds is on top of the ground. Because we arrived later in the afternoon, he was packing up his treasures to sell another day. I'm not sure why he was decorated the way he was but he was not nearly as fierce as his appearance might suggest.

Photo number 3 is simply a look down the main street at some of the activities going on.

The next shot is of a small antique store, which, as I recall, is open only on weekends.

We ate lunch at the cafe pictured. It was small and crowded, and full of touristy items for sale, but the food was excellent. Lois Anne ordered a cheese sandwich which came with six different kinds of cheese. I had the best Cuban sandwich I've ever eaten!

Photos by myself and Lois Anne.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Theater at Lake Sumter Landing

Each of the two hometowns in The Villages has its own movie theater. They are quite attractive and do a brisk business. This theater is located across from the square in Lake Sumter Landing. Park your golf cart out front and go see a movie!

University of Florida dock

The University of Florida has its own dock and marine equipment in Cedar Key. I would guess it is to further enhance marine research done by the university. I've never seen much activity here and the dock as you can see is kept under lock and key.

Photo by Lois Anne.

Doc Hollywood Days in Micanopy

Yesterday, Lois Anne and I decided to drive up to Micanopy, a picturesque small town just south of Gainesville, noted worldwide for its antique shops. We had no idea that Micanopy was celebrating Doc Hollywood Days.

The 1991 movie, Doc Hollywood, starring Michael J. Fox, was set in Grady, Georgia, but it was filmed in Micanopy.

This weekend was an anniversary of sorts, and the town went all out. You can read about it here.

In case you missed the movie, or don't remember it, you can find all about it here.

As I'm sure you know, Michael J. Fox suffers from Parkinson's Disease. The town of Micanopy has decided that all proceeds from the weekend's events will go to help find a cure for the debilitating disease.

We will post a few more photos from the event tomorrow.

The photos were taken by myself and Lois Anne.