Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Board surfers, Intra Coastal Waterway, from our dock.

 These folks had found two plastic chairs, which had probably blown off of someone's dock, and invented the seated paddle board. Ain't America great. If we can find a way to sit and exercise we'll do it.

Actually, they were asking at all of the occupied docks if those were their chairs. Nice folks.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Shrimp on the grill (Barbie), Roscoe.

I found some pre-butterflied shrimp at Winn-Dixie and put them on the grill with a little Old Bay seasoning. They were wonderful with rice and a salad.

Seed in web, Roscoe

This was caught just above my head in mid-garden. Very delicate, wispy seed suspended in a fine spiderweb in front of the newly open Confederate. Jasmine. The next day it was all crumpled by the wind.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Manhole, Jax Beach

This is a lovely one. Too bad it's almost covered.

Shadows, Jax Beach


Lee's tree with cloud, Roscoe

Lee's tree, Roscoe

Water, dock, Roscoe

Jax Beach

Collectors, Jax Beach

There is always something new in this yard. Don't know if it's a store or a hoard.

Dome, Jax Beach

3rd Street, Jax Beach

Beach Blvd., Jax Beach

Fence and fog, MSD

Foggy corner, MSD


Crepe myrtle, fog, MSD

Crepe myrtles and palms, MSD

Finial, MSD

This little pole topper keeps moving around to different lawns.

Rail, fog, PVIC


Tarp, fog, PVIC

Umbrellas, PVIC

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Reading Emmet Gowin by the fire on a cold day.

My favorite place to read my collection of photo books is in a ratty little chair with it's back to a big window. The light is very clear here and usually indirect. On this day it was direct but still clear. It was cold out, for here, and I had a fire going. Emmet Gowin is one of my favorite photographers and I had his latest monograph to go slowly through. an afternoon well spent.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Twenty two minutes

Pictured above is a low, climbing, shallow rooted, invasive nightmare on my plot of land. It is, as you can see, very delicate and nicely shaped. The leaves are a lovely Spring green and textured smoothly. They also grow about three inches a day, in all directions, including up if they can find support. Last year, when we went away for 6 weeks, they ran rampant over my back garden. I pulled a few but they came right back. They are in every bed and spreading.

This year I decided that the only way to get them out was to weed one bed at a time and be really thorough in pulling them. I did two smaller beds before tackling my Asian bed. I call it the Asian bed because there is a Bottlebrush tree, I believe from China, a Japanese maple, a Loquat, originally from China but cultivated in Japan and a Ginkgo, from China. In the bed there is a sunken pot of ginger root that I planted years ago. Ginger is at the heart of almost all Asian cooking, so it is included.

Yesterday I set out to clear it. I decided to see how long it would take. This weed, which I cannot match in weed references, has one good quality, it pulls out very easily and you get almost all of it first pull. It took me 22 minutes from getting on hands and knees and starting to weed to the end of the job. Very satisfying. The two posts below are a before and after of the job. If anyone knows the name of this weed, common or official, please comment.

The Asian bed, before weeding.

The Asian bed, post weeding.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Amy's Nails, Jax Beach

Doesn't look like much, but, I bet that chair is really comfortable on a mid-shift break.