Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Mural

Here is the second closeup from the giant mural I showed last week. Unfortunately, there is a small tag near the tail feathers of this beautiful snowy egret. I guess it could be worse, but it is still disappointing. In case you missed the first post, you can see it here.
Linking to Monday Mural.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Theme Day: Ageing

I have inherited several of my family's Bibles and this one is the oldest and largest (14 x 10 inches and 5 inches thick). John Biglow was my great great grandfather born in 1808 in Weathersfield, Vermont. In between the Old and New Testament are pages where marriages, births and deaths have been recorded through the years. Some have become faded through time, so a few years ago, I transcribed all of them so they would not be lost. Some births date back to the late 1700's. There are numerous newspaper clippings to be found between the pages and also mementos such as the marriage certificate of a couple of my great grandparents dated June 23, 1897.

Note: You might be wondering how my great great grandfather could have been born so long ago. The reason is that his son, my great grandfather, had two families. He married his first wife at a young age and they had several children. His first wife died when he was in his fifties and their children were grown. He then remarried a much younger woman (my great grandmother) and had 3 more children. One of those children was my grandfather, who was born in 1900. So even though I'm an old retired lady now, I'm not that ancient!

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo Community and this month's theme is Ageing. Please visit this link to see how other CDP bloggers have interpreted this theme.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lake Esther

Some hazy clouds and a little bit of blue sky over Lake Esther last weekend. I took these pictures from the wooden boardwalk that runs along the side of the lake. Those birds in the second shot look like they are doing nothing, but every once in awhile one would jump down and grab a snack out of the water. Most of them are egrets, but I think I see an ibis standing on one leg there on the branch just above the egret coming in for a landing in the right side of the picture..

Linking to SkyWatch Friday and Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Listen to the Mockingbird

As I was walking back to my car after taking the photos I posted yesterday, I noticed this little fellow sitting on a sign next to the sidewalk behind the Capitol. Very appropriate since the Mockingbird is Florida's official state bird. He sat there posing for me while I took his picture. Maybe he thought I was a tourist!

Even though it's Thursday, I'm going to go ahead and link up with Wild Bird Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's a big job

But somebody has to do it. These guys were spending their weekend pressure washing the 22 story Capitol Building downtown in preparation for the beginning of the Florida Legislative session which starts next week. There was another crew working on the other side of the building. The small dome in the first picture is the roof of the House of Representatives office building. There is an identical dome on the other side over the Senate office building. Two small domes on either side of a tall building. Let's just say references have been made to this configuration before and leave it at that. If you would like to see a better picture of the whole complex for the full effect and read the story behind how it got built, go here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Supreme Court

I was downtown over the weekend and I forgot how much I like this building, especially the columns. The Supreme Court of Florida is located directly behind and west of the Florida Capitol. I took this picture from across the street while standing on the steps leading up to the Capitol.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Mural

This mural is a community based art project which transformed the 2,300 square foot Carlstedt’s building wall on Gaines Street into a Tallahassee nature and wildlife scene, featuring hawks, egrets, turtles, and woodpeckers. The Florida State University Department of Art Education worked in conjunction with the annual Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival and the City of Tallahassee to complete the mural in 2012. As you can see from the second shot, I had a hard time getting the entire mural into one photo. I would have had to cross a busy street with bumper to bumper traffic which would have partially blocked the mural. I plan on showing a different section of the mural each week. Today I am starting with a very pretty woodpecker. You can read more information about the mural here.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Friday, February 20, 2015

SkyWatch Friday

Beautiful blue sky with some wispy clouds behind the flag. The second shot shows the plaque at the base of the flagpole. Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Good Fences

I took this picture because of the fence, but there is actually a lot going on. Do you see the train going by in the background? I like the lamp post on the right and the trunk of the palm tree there on the left too. The sky would look better without that big tower, but I like the wispy clouds. Linking to Good Fences.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

sushi anyone?

I've never eaten at this place, but I like their sign. Linking to signs, signs.

Update: My broken tooth is getting a crown. Yay. I'm feeling a little better about it, so hopefully I'll be back to visiting and commenting again today (and also eating some solid food)!