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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Antique bench

This antique bench is pretty to look at, but I don't think it would be very comfortable to sit in for too long. At least it's in the shade though! It is located in Dorothy Oven Park and the little gold plaque shows the names of the people who donated it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

White ibises hanging around in my neighborhood

This summer I started noticing a small flock of white ibises that seemed to have adopted my neighborhood as their home. I've lived here for many years and I've never really seen them in my yard because they are generally found wading in water while they look for food and there is no lake or pond in my neighborhood. It's been fun seeing them walk around in people's yards looking for something to eat. Sometimes there is a group of about 10 or 12 together and sometimes just two. I saw two standing on my neighbor's chain link fence one day and used my zoom lens to get the first two shots. They almost looked like they were having a conversation. Later on in the day, I took the last two pictures of a couple walking around in my back yard looking for a meal. I couldn't tell what the one in the last shot had in its mouth, but it was swallowed pretty quickly after I took the picture.

All three of my grandkids started school last Monday, so I'm back to blogging. Now to get out and get some new photos!

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Theme Day: My City's Skyline

It is a little hard to get a picture of Tallahassee's skyline, not only because there are so many trees and it is probably one of the hilliest areas in Florida, but there really isn't much of a skyline to begin with. I took this picture looking south from the 13th floor of the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee at sunset. In the center of the picture is the 22 story Florida Capitol, often referred to as the "new" capitol, even though it was completed in 1977. The small dome in front of it is the House of Representatives office building. Not visible on the other side of the tower is an identical domed building serving as the Senate office building. The historic old Florida Capitol can be seen directly to the left of the tower. It has been restored to its original 1902 appearance and serves as a museum and tourist attraction. The tall building on the right is the Florida Department of Education and the smaller domed building in front of it is the Florida Supreme Court with the flag flying in front of it. The building partially shown on the left is the Highpoint Center office building next door to the hotel. The Gulf of Mexico lies about 22 miles away in the distance behind those buildings.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community. To see other interpretations of this month's theme, please visit the Theme Day Gallery here.

I hope to be back blogging soon, but I still have two more weeks of grandkid spoiling to go before school starts. See you soon!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Theme Day: Look Down

I'm taking a break from my blog break to participate in this month's theme with a few pictures from my vacation in southern California last week with my two oldest grandkids and my daughter. The first picture is the view looking down at Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. I think the hazy views were due to wildfires burning in nearby areas. The second shot shows my oldest grandson on the right looking down at the Pacific Ocean from the pier at Venice Beach. The third picture was taken looking down at the plaque at the base of the flag pole just inside the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim. We had a wonderful time, but I must admit it felt a little strange visiting a different Disney park, since these kids live only about 20 minutes from Disney World in Orlando. I will probably be posting sporadically for the next month or so because all of my grandkids will be staying with me throughout the rest of the summer.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and this month's theme is "Looking Down". To see other interpretations of the theme, be sure to visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Downtown Flowers

Some of the pretty flowers adorning one of the main streets in downtown Tallahassee.

I am putting my blog on another break so I can spend some time with my grandkids. See you soon!

Linking to Floral Friday Fotos and Today's Flowers.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Palm trees and a stone wall

When I was photographing the two murals I posted on Monday, I noticed this stone wall right next to the railroad overpass. Just on the other side of it is Cascades Park, a beautiful place that has been featured many times on my blog (just click on the Cascades Park label below this post to see all the pictures I have posted of this beautiful downtown park). The railroad tracks run right past the park to the overpass where the murals are located. Whenever I visit the park with my grandkids, they get so excited when they see the trains passing by.

I'm calling this wall a fence today since it separates the park from a busy street and linking to Good Fences.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Easy Peasy"

Of course I had to take a picture after my oldest grandson pointed out this sign on a visit to our local library. It was located on the end of one of the alphabetically arranged rows of books in the children's section.

Linking to signs, signs.