Saturday, December 31, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Jacksonville Beach

Firewood!?, pine straw?! I guess you need a hydrant nearby.

Sidewalk, MSD

The first words that popped into my head when I noticed this, were Fred Astaire. Don't know why. It's a nice combo of grace and stillness.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jacksonville Beach

They don't do small nails as well.

Weese weeds, December 17th, 2106, Jacksonville Beach

Unlike Connecticut, we don't get much of a respite from weeds. This is a very tough grass that grows on roadsides. The seedheads are wonderful.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas on Roscoe.

My neighbors across Roscoe.

Kitchen, Roscoe

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.

Wild cone, Atlantic Beach

This one caused some trouble.

Friday, December 2, 2016

My nominee for the flower that makes the most scent from the least real estate.

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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Electrical box, MSD

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.

Dr. Suess splatter, dumpster, Jax Beach

Chaos, Jax Beach

Sand, Ponte Vedra Beach

Fence, PVIC

Knock out roses, garden.

They are in their last hurrah before two months of winter dormancy.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Odd pairing.

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

For Martina...a rare albino.

Call Bill O'Reilly!!!

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.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Monstera deliciosa, garden, Roscoe

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.

Beach dancing, Ponte Vedra Beach

This couple was jogging and the man would change strides every ten yards or so. He started to do sideways crossover steps and the woman followed suit. It sure looked like dancing.

Garden chair, Roscoe

I've had this chair for twenty years. It has aged in a most interesting way.

Trash bags, PVIC

 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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

November crop

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.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Old friends

 Some old friends from Vermont were coming down by here and stopped by for a great reunion and dinner. They came by our dock this morning on their way south.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Backhoe tracks, Ponte Vedra Beach

As I took my morning walk on the beach, I followed the track of a backhoe as the tide came in. Amazing how many different stages of erosion there were.