Sunday, September 4, 2016

Hurricane Aftermath

See those orange streamers hanging in front of my car? They are tied to downed power lines. Obviously I had to back up and turn my car around.

Downed tree blocking the road.

I took this picture through my windshield. More downed power lines.

Another tree down on more power lines.

This tree fell on power lines and snapped the power pole next to it in two.

The decapitated power pole. The top part is hanging from power lines.

Tree on a house.

There is a house under this tree in the left side of the picture.

This house belongs to one of my neighbors a few doors down on my street.

Utility crews working on more downed power lines.

Hurricane Hermine blew through Tallahassee late Thursday night and early Friday morning and I'm happy to say I'm fine and so is my house. I was without power for about 36 hours, but I feel lucky because there are still residents without power today. I took these pictures when I went out on Friday and yesterday. Driving was a little scary because of all the downed power lines and most of the traffic lights were not working. The law says to treat intersections without a working traffic light as if it is a 4-way stop. Most drivers are very considerate, but it gets a little tricky at intersections on a six lane road. I've been trying to stay home until things get a little better.

I will be putting my blog on a little break for awhile. See you soon!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Theme Day: Library





The main branch of the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library is located downtown. I used to be a regular visitor to this building until a new branch library opened a few years ago near my house. The library is named for LeRoy Collins, who served as Florida's 33rd governor from 1955-1961. Governor Collins was born in Tallahassee and resided here for most of his life. The sculpture shown in the first picture is a memorial to a beautiful old live oak tree that once stood in that same spot in front of the library. You can see part of the old tree in a previous post on my blog here. The tree was past its life span (it was determined that it was probably a sapling in the 1850's) and was slowing rotting. A potential danger to visitors and cars, the tree was taken down. John Birch, a master tree carver, created this beautiful sculpture by applying a dark stain to the trunk and used wood from the branches to create the characters. You can see a boy lounging in one of the branches reading a book, a father peeking out of the hole in the tree, and a girl wearing a hard hat holding the blueprints for her tree fort in her hand. You can also see several books stored on a shelf in the trunk of the tree.

By the way, my neck of the woods is under a hurricane warning today and tonight, so if I don't comment on your blogs, it's probably because my power is out. Schools have been closed, so the local kids are getting a 5 day storm-cation (since Monday is the Labor Day holiday). I am about 40 miles from the coast, so storm surge is not an issue, but there will be a lot of rain and wind with possible flash flooding and tornadoes. I'm glad I had all those big trees in my yard taken down a couple of years ago!

It is Theme Day again in the City Daily Photo community and this month the theme is Library. Be sure to visit the CDP Theme Day Gallery to see how other participants have interpreted the theme.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sign shop


I saw this place across the street from the music store mural I showed on Monday. I like the design. According to Google, apogee means "the highest point in the development of something". I thought it was an interesting name for a sign shop.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Little Free Libraries


I was headed home from downtown yesterday after getting some theme day photos of our main library when I passed these two Little Free Libraries. Of course I circled the block and came back to get a picture. The old house partially visible in the background is called The White House and I posted a picture of it on my blog several years ago here.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Musical Mural


This faded mural is the first thing you see when you park your car in the parking lot of MusicMasters, a locally owned store that has been in business for 40 years. They carry all types of musical instruments, sheet music, music supplies and even offer music lessons. I was there to buy a music stand for my grandson to use while he was attending band camp at FSU this summer. He plays the French Horn in his middle school band.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hummingbird



I took these pictures early yesterday morning through my back door window just as the sun was coming up. My back yard is full of hummingbirds right now, in fact they are fighting over this feeder so I think I will be putting up a couple more today. They also like to hang out in the blooms on the shrimp plant under my kitchen window putting on quite a show throughout the day for me and my grandkids.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Clouds





I was out with my camera the other afternoon looking for photographs for my blog. Then I looked up. The sun had been shining all day, but then a storm started rolling in and these clouds were right at the edge of it.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Soda Fountain





During our visit to the Wakulla Springs Lodge, I took the first three pictures while sitting at the soda fountain enjoying milkshakes with my grandkids. After we finished, we headed for the lobby and my grandkids played checkers on one of several oversized checker boards while I walked around taking the pictures I showed a couple of days ago here. Through the window behind the checker board you can see the front porch set up for an event that was being held later in the day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thornless blackberries


No thorns sounds good to me, especially when you are picking those blackberries yourself! I saw this sign south of town on the drive home from Wakulla Springs.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wakulla Springs Lodge




I have visited the Wakulla Springs Lodge many times through the years and I never get tired of admiring this beautiful place. I even spent the night here once many years ago and have also attended weddings on the front porch. The restaurant serves wonderful food and there is also an old fashioned soda fountain with a gift shop. It was built in 1937 and is located in Wakulla Springs State Park just south of Tallahassee. The Lodge overlooks the main spring, which is the largest and deepest fresh water spring in the world. A visit is like stepping back in time. Here are some pictures I took in the lobby of the ceiling, the fireplace and the whole room. You can see the soda fountain through that door at the other end of the room. Those cuties sitting near the window on the left side of the picture are my two oldest grandkids enjoying the view and playing checkers.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.