Saturday, June 6, 2009

On the boardwalk

An early evening scene on the boardwalk at Lake Sumter Landing.

Swinging reflection

A pond and a swing in Davie, Florida.

Entrance to the Veranda Restaurant

We've featured the Veranda Restaurant in Lake Sumter Landing on a couple of occasions...this is the entrance located on the main street coming into town from Morse Boulevard.

Water lilies

Our daughter tossed these in a pond behind her home in South Florida some time ago, and they thrived.

Kayaking at Cedar Key

Friday, June 5, 2009

Main Street - Spanish Springs at night

Heron - fishing in Davie, Florida

The fishing was good. This beautiful creature stuck around for some time, snagging several little fishes while I watched and took this photo.

The Cedar Key icon

Another view of the Cedar Key icon.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

La Reina

In Spanish Springs, this building, La Reina (The Queen) was the sales and information office where one would go if interested in purchasing a home in The Villages. The sales office has now moved to another building and La Reina is used for other purposes. There is an excellent restaurant on the ground floor.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rainbow over Weston

A storm rolled through, thundering and roiling, roaring, too. It sounded not unlike a tornado. Rain came down in the proverbial "buckets." Then, it stopped...the skies began to clear, the threatening clash of currents transforming into a beautiful double rainbow over the Marriott TowneSuites in Weston, Florida.

Let's have a picnic

Just the place for a picnic...on the beach!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Closing on your home in The Villages

Let's say you or your spouse are at least 55 years of age. You thus qualify to buy a home in The Villages. Let's say you've decided to move from where you now live and that you have found the perfect home, have made an offer which has been accepted, and the only thing left is finalizing the sale - or the closing. This is where that closing would take place if you bought a home in Lake Sumter Landing.

Moody Blues

Looking out from the swimming beach toward the dock area as the sky turns a moody blue - in Cedar Key.

David's high school graduation

David, our 18-year-old grandson, graduated last Sunday from Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Florida. Cypress Bay is one of the largest high schools in the country with a student population of over 5,000.

David's class was the largest graduating class in the United States in 2009. Twelve hundred students gathered at the BankUnited Center (the University of Miami's basketball arena) in Coral Gables to receive their diplomas and the plaudits of family and friends.

Even in Miami, golf cars are used for a variety of purposes.

The graduating seniors begin to file into the arena.

As the arena filled up, some folks were allowed into the sky boxes.

The arena was about 2/3rds full, and I would guess that there were at least six or seven thousand people present.

As the last graduate came across the stage, caps were thrown into the air.

Because of the size of the crowd, it took some time for families to connect with their graduates after the ceremony. The next few photos are scenes of people waiting.

The American flag and the University of Miami flag wave gracefully over the lawn at the BankUnited Center.

This scenario gives a vision of the changing face of America. Weston, where Cypress Bay High School is located, is about evenly divided between Hispanic and Caucasian students with African-Americans, Asians and other ethnic groups mixed in.

The city of Miami is now over 70% Hispanic.

I have read where scholars predict that by 2050, Hispanics will be the majority ethnic group in the United States.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sunset over the Fish Camp & Grill

Lake Sumter Landing often provides some magnificent sunsets, as witnessed by this array of colors over the Fish Camp & Grill.

Catamaran in Destin harbor

Destin, located on the Emerald Coast in the Panhandle, is noted for its white sand beaches and emerald waters, but it is also a heavenly place for boaters.

Ready to go fishing

Guerlain at Epcot

In France, at Epcot's World Showcase in Orlando, you can purchase a number of pricey French items at this beautiful shop called Guerlain.

The Purple Pig

Customers drive their golf carts to the Purple Pig in Lake Sumter Landing. It is a retail gift shot which includes some Red Hat and golf items.

Gone to seed