Monday, January 16, 2017

A break

Unfortunately I am having some issues with my computer and will need to take a break until I can get it sorted out. I hope to be back soon!

The Knott House





I hope you are not tired of seeing historic old houses, because here is another one. The Knott House sits on the same street as the houses I showed last week in the Park Avenue Historic District and is probably my favorite. I have been inside, but not this time. You can see a few interior shots here. Just look at those columns! I certainly wouldn't mind having my morning coffee in that pretty sunroom there on the east side of the house.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Chittenden House





The Chittenden House is was built between 1837 and 1839 and is another beautifully restored building located in the Park Avenue Historic District near downtown. The most recent restoration was in 2015 when it was reopened as The Park Avenue Inn. You can read about the fascinating history of the Chittenden House and see a few pictures of its interior here. It was a little challenging to get good photos of this house because it is located so close to the street and also because of all the beautiful landscaping. I took the third picture from the park across the street. I'm not sure what kind of plant that is in the last picture, but I'm sure one of my readers can identify it for me. It was growing in one of the planters near the front steps.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Park Avenue Inn


The historic Chittenden House next door to the Murphy House that I showed earlier this week is now known as The Park Avenue Inn. More pictures of that house tomorrow. Aren't those winter blooms just beautiful?

Linking to signs, signs.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Wood House



The Wood House sits next door to the Murphy House which I showed yesterday. Also a part of the Park Avenue Historic District near downtown, the house dates back to 1902 and was used as a winter residence for the Wood family from Ohio who came south to enjoy the warmer climate. From 1924 to 1946 the house served as a manse (the minister's home) for the First Presbyterian Church. It is now used as law offices. I took these pictures just a few minutes apart and the sky really was that blue. It got a little washed out in the first photo because I was standing in the shade and the sun was directly behind the roof. I made sure to get some of the Spanish moss hanging from the tree branches in the second shot to give it that "southern" feel.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Murphy House



The Murphy House sits behind the charming little gate I showed in yesterday's post. The house is part of the Park Avenue Historic District near downtown and dates from around 1836. Built in the Gothic Revival style, prominent early residents included Susan Branch Hopkins, daughter of Florida’s last Territorial Governor, and Dr. George W. Betton, an important early physician in the city. During the post Civil War federal occupation of Tallahassee, Union troops quartered in the house and stabled their horses in the basement. The house has been owned by the Murphy family since 1928. The chimney you see to the right next door belongs to the Wood House, which I will show tomorrow.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Gate shadow


I couldn't resist taking a photo of this beautiful little gate and its shadow while on a walk this past weekend. It sits in front of the Murphy House located in the Park Avenue Historic District near downtown Tallahassee. I will show a few pictures of the house tomorrow.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sandhill cranes on the golf course





I spent some of the holidays visiting my daughter and two oldest grandchildren and had a wonderful time. My daughter's house is located in a planned community south of Orlando which includes a golf course. I took these photos late one afternoon while driving through her neighborhood. Can you see the golf balls on the ground in some of the photos?

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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 Theme Day: Photo of the Year



It was a hard decision, but after going through all of my posts for 2016, I decided this one of two ibises standing on my neighbor's fence was my favorite. I still think they look like they are having some sort of discussion.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and as always on the first day of the new year, we get to pick our favorite photos from the past year. Visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here to see other members' favorite photos.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Florida Softshell



They may night be the most attractive looking turtles, but the Florida Softshell Turtle is interesting to watch. I saw these two hanging out near the edge of Lake Ella looking for a handout.

This will probably be my last post for the year as I am spending some holiday time with my grandkids. I hope everyone enjoys whichever holiday you are celebrating and I will see you in the New Year!

Linking to Saturday's Critters.