Friday, June 24, 2011
I took this picture on one of the rare afternoons that we actually got some rain. To see more interesting skies from around the world, visit SkyWatch Friday.
I'm taking a little blogging break for the next week or so while I spend some fun time with my grandson. See you soon!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
More beautiful work done by one of my favorite local artists, W. Stanley "Sandy" Proctor. I have featured some of his other sculpture around town in previous posts here, here and here. Click on the second photo to enlarge and read about this beautiful artwork.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Nothing like a little shade when the afternoon temperature reaches 105 degrees, which is what it did last week. That was an all time high temperature for Tallahassee going back to when they first started keeping records. Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Smoke from nearby wildfires blew in this past week and covered Tallahassee in a stinky haze. I took this picture around 8:30am this past Thursday from the top floor of the parking garage where I work. We got some rain in the evening and by Friday the smoke was gone.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Beautiful blue skies above the south gate of Florida State University in Tallahassee. This particular gate is a memorial to the classes of 1933-1935, when FSU was known as the Florida State College for Women. To see more gorgeous skies from all over the world, visit SkyWatch Friday.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
A program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Great Florida Birding Trail connects almost 500 sites throughout the state of Florida specifically selected for their excellent birdwatching, wildlife viewing or educational opportunities. Designed to conserve and enhance Florida's wildlife habitats, this 2,000 mile self guided highway trail promotes birdwatching and wildlife viewing activities, conservation education and economic opportunity throughout the state. I took this picture while visiting the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the gateways for the Panhandle Florida section of the trail.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
I took this picture of Chuck E. Cheese at my granddaughter's birthday party last week. Everyone had a great time. Tomorrow I will show you where my grandson had his birthday party, which was held on the same afternoon. After back to back parties, I was one tired Granny when I got home!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I'm pretty sure this bird is an Anhinga, which is similar to a Cormorant, but with a longer neck. For this reason it is sometimes called a Snakebird. Because its feathers are not waterproof like a duck, it is often seen sitting in the sun with outstretched wings allowing its feathers to dry. Waterlogged feathers make it hard to fly, but it also allows the bird to dive easily and stay under the water for long periods of time searching for fish and amphibians to eat. To see more fascinating critters from all over the world, visit Camera Critters.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The woods are reflected in the dark water of this small stream running under the bridge I was standing on when I took this picture in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. To see more wonderful reflections from around the world, don't miss Weekend Reflections.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This fisherman is much braver than me! He's standing waist deep in Lake Jackson and yes there are alligators and snakes in that lake. If you enlarge the picture, you will see a boat out on the lake in the distance. To see more wonderful watery pictures, visit Watery Wednesday.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Sweet Shop is located right across the street from the south gate of Florida State University. It has been at this location since at least the 1940's because my father told me he ate breakfast here every morning when he attended FSU starting in 1948. It was also a popular place to go when I was a student years later. That huge building wrapping around behind it is a private dormitory.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
This raccoon has been hanging around my backyard for the last few days. Here he is watching me from high up in my oak tree. I think he is enjoying eating all the fruit hanging on my loquat trees. I also saw him drinking out of one of my bird baths, which is not surprising since it has been over 100 degrees every day and we are in the middle of a drought. To see more fascinating critters from around the world, don't miss Camera Critters.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The St. Marks Lighthouse is located about 25 miles south of Tallahassee near the coastal town of St. Marks. The original lighthouse was built in 1831, but erosion forced it to be rebuilt in its current location in 1842. During the Civil War, it was heavily damaged by Confederate forces when they tried to blow it up to prevent Union troops from using it as a lookout when they came ashore after blockading Apalachee Bay. After the war, it was rebuilt again and relit in 1867. The lighthouse was operated by light keepers until 1960 when it became automated. In 1974, the St. Marks Lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 2000, the US Coast Guard installed a modern solar powered light. On the day we visited, the lighthouse was closed, so I was unable to get pictures of the inside.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I was standing between the St. Marks Lighthouse and the Gulf of Mexico when I took this picture. Look closely and just beyond the bushes you will see someone fishing from the water's edge. If you click on the picture and enlarge it, you will also see some boats out on the water. Tomorrow I will show you the lighthouse, which was directly behind me. To see more beautiful watery scenes from around the world, don't miss Watery Wednesday.