PHOTOS AND REMARKS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN NORTH FLORIDA...........JUST CLICK ON A PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT...........TO LEAVE A COMMENT JUST CLICK ON "comments" BELOW EACH PICTURE. All pictures Copyright 2001-2015 by James T. Weekes
I was home in the mid-morning last week. I am never home in the mid-morning. So I suddenly noticed the light pouring in from the south-facing window in our kitchen. Everything looked different and exotic.
This is the flower of a tea olive. As you can see, it is tiny. When it is in bloom, you can smell it thirty feet away. It is a lovely heady scent. Sniffing one will make you believe in aroma therapy, you always feel better for it.
These boxes are ubiquitous here. The are covers for phone hookups. When they are installed, they are a neutral light green. Our groundwater here is full of sulfur and the sprinklers slowly turn them brown.
I went for a walk around the local planned community, romantically self-named the Municipal Service District, or MSD (just evokes all sorts of beautiful images......or not) I passed this agave, which I always photograph, mostly badly. About a mile further on I saw this sheet of semi-opaque plastic film, hanging from a fence and took only one shot, not like me. When I looked at the contact sheet in Bridge, I noticed the similarities.
For years, Fox News and Bill O'Reilly have railed against any attempt to take Christianity out of Christmas. They call it the War on Christmas and waste a lot of time manufacturing outrage at this war. Our Thanksgiving holiday is blessedly non-denominational. It is about family, not religion. It is a time to give thanks, to God, to the void, to chance or to nobody and gather with family and friends and enjoy a great big meal. Please leave Thanksgiving alone.
We are blessed, with our climate here in North Florida, to be able to grow, in our gardens, plants that most people have to bring indoors up north. This is one of the largest members of the philodendron family, and I have two huge ones near the water. This one is six feet (two meters) tall and twice as big around.
I was walking on the wall that runs along the beach here. There are evenly spaced trash containers on the wall. We were coming off three days of heavy winds and cooler weather, for here, so the containers were empty. The heavy winds pulled the bags out and blew them back and forth, thus scoring them in lined patterns. I stopped and took a bunch of shots. This is my favorite. Having the Holga lens on the camera was serendipity, as the softness makes it more ethereal. Luck and always having a camera on me.
One of the joys of living here is that we have two vegetable seasons. I planted these sweet cherry tomatoes in September, expecting a bumper crop about now. Then along came Hurricane Matthew and all of them were severely damaged. I put in new supports and retied them and hoped. They have all started a comeback! This spindly little plant is covered with flowers and these are the first ripe fruits. Sweet as candy.