Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Barber Shop Building

I'm not sure if this is one barber shop or two shops that are operating side by side, but I liked the looks of this old building. I saw it while driving through the small town of Chattahoochee, which is located about 45 miles west of Tallahassee. The town is mostly known as the home of the Florida State Hospital, which was established in 1876. I'll show some pictures of the hospital campus and provide some history about it in the next couple of days.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Theme Day: Curiosities

I have always been fascinated by this bat house, which is located near a pond behind a local mall. I guess you could call it a curiosity. It has been there for years and I have even featured it on my blog before. I'm not sure whether or not it is, or has ever been, occupied by bats, but the concept is good because bats eat mosquitoes and we do have a lot of mosquitoes here in north Florida. I even stood underneath it, but as you can tell from the picture, no little critters could been seen hanging from the rafters. If they are in there, they are hiding very well. I know we do have bats in Tallahassee because I used to see one every once in awhile hanging from the ceiling in the old building I worked in on the Florida State University campus before I retired. They also were once found hanging out in the auditorium of my kids' high school. My earliest experience with them though was when I was living in a sorority house in college and a couple of them came flying out of the attic one night. As you can probably imagine, a whole lot of screaming went on during that episode. Perhaps bats like to choose their own place to live, instead of having humans build a house specifically for them!

The first day of the month is always Theme Day in the City Daily Photo Community and this month our theme is "Curiosities". To see other members' interpretations of the theme, visit the CDP Theme Day page here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Take a Rest

Even while I was on my vacation this summer, I could not pass up taking pictures that I knew would fit some of the memes I like to participate in on my blog. I took this one while eating lunch at a rest stop along the Autobahn on our way from Salzburg, Austria to Munich, Germany. We got caught up in that horrendous heat wave that gripped much of Europe this summer during the first part of our trip, but on this particular day, the weather had finally cooled off and we were able to enjoy our meal outside on a gloriously cool sunny day next to a playground and this little building with this cute mural. Translated it means "Take a rest", which we certainly did!

Linking to Monday Mural.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jim Woodruff Dam and Lake Seminole

River side of the dam.

Lake Seminole on the other side.

Building on top of the dam.

Ominous sign near the road by the dam. If we had heard the horn, you better believe we would have gotten out of there fast!

I took my grandkids on a day trip to see the Jim Woodruff Dam which impounds Lake Seminole and is located about 50 miles northwest of Tallahassee near the Florida-Georgia state line. This hydroelectric dam on the Apalachicola River is located about 1,000 feet south of the river's origin at the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers. The dam was named in honor of James W. Woodruff, Sr., a Georgia businessman who spearheaded the development of the project.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SkyWatch Friday and Saturday's Critters

I had a great time traveling and spending time with my grandkids, but my busy summer is coming to an end and I'm excited to starting blogging again! I didn't have to go very far to get this picture. The utility pole at the end of my driveway is a favorite perch of the two red shouldered hawks I have living in my backyard. This one was screeching at me every time I walked out into my garage as I was packing for a trip with my grandkids a couple of weeks ago. I like having them around because they eat small rodents and snakes. The only problem is they are keeping most of the other small birds away that I enjoy watching.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday and Saturday's Critters.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A few highlights from my recent trip

This is a picture of me standing in front of the gazebo that was used in several scenes from one of my grandkids' (mine too) favorite movies "The Sound of Music" near Salzburg, Austria. It was in a park right next to the tree lined road leading to one of the houses used in the film.

We also visited Kehlsteinhaus, also known as the Eagle's Nest, which was Hitler's mountain retreat, built by the Nazis as a gift for his 50th birthday. It is located just over the border from Salzburg near Berchtesgaden, Germany. This is the only Nazi structure that was not destroyed by bombs after the liberation of Germany after World War II. I took this picture from the terrace.

I climbed all the way up to Neuschwanstein Castle which is located above the German village of Hohenschwangau in the Bavarian Alps. I took this picture while standing on a footbridge on the way up to the castle.

Zugspitzblick is the mountain on the left in this picture. It is in the Tyrol region of Germany and is the highest peak in the Bavarian Alps. We stopped here while traveling through the Fern Pass. You can see part of a pretty alpine lake near the bottom right in the picture.

Please note: I will be extending my blogging break because I will have all of my grandchildren with me for a few weeks during the rest of the summer. We are planning many exciting adventures, so I don't feel that I can devote the time I usually do to my blog. I hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Theme Day: Upside Down

I don't need to even bother to turn on the TV when my three grandchildren are at my house. They are all the entertainment I need. Sorry for the little bit of blur. It's hard to keep those little feet still!

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo Community. This month's theme is "Upside Down". To see other members interpretations of this theme, please visit the CDP Theme Day page here.

Note: I'm taking another break from my blog to do a little world traveling with my son. Not looking forward to spending almost 11 hours on a plane, but I'm sure it will be worth it once I get there. I will be back soon with some pictures of my adventures!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our World Tuesday

I took this picture about a month ago, so these blooms are long gone by now. I just love that vivid yellow color! Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, June 29, 2015


The plaque next to this fountain at Dorothy Oven Park says "Relax and Be Comforted, Enjoy the Rippling Water". So I did!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pretty Bench

I found this colorful bench in a shady spot at Dorothy Oven Park. It was nice to sit and rest here until the mosquitoes found me and I had to start moving again!