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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ducks crossing

No words on this sign near Lake Ella, but I think the meaning is clear.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bait and tackle

You can buy just about anything you need to go fishing at this place located at one of the boat landings near Lake Jackson.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bottoms up

A trio of ducks looking for some underwater food in Lake Ella.

Friday, December 16, 2016

SkyWatch Friday

More views from the top floor of one of the FSU parking garages. The first photo shows a partial view of downtown Tallahassee looking east. The tallest building is the 22 story Florida Capitol building, the smaller white building to its right is the Claude Pepper Building which houses state legislative offices, and on the far right is the 17 story Turlington Building which is the state headquarters for the Florida Department of Education. The other building on the far left is a condominium complex. All of those small white buildings in between are state office buildings. After I took the first shot, I decided to zoom in on the moon. That little white speck under it and to the left is a small airplane.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tree canopy

I was driving my grandkids to the playground at J. Lee Vause Park near Lake Jackson and thought this little one way road looked so pretty that I had to stop my car, step out for just a minute and take this picture.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


“Unconquered” is located in front of the south entrance to Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on the Florida State University campus and was installed in 2003. The massive structure, including its granite-covered pedestal-base, stands approximately 31 feet from ground level to the tip of the spear, about the height of a three-story building. At sunset the night before each home football game, the spear is ignited and burns until sunrise on the morning after the game. The bronze sculpture was created by artist Fritz White and depicts a spear brandishing Seminole astride his rearing horse and was designed to capture the indomitable spirit of the Seminole people. You can read all about Fritz White, who passed away in 2010 and was a member of the Cowboy Artists of America at his website here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Clock and Seal

Here is another view from one of the lower floors of the same parking garage where I took yesterday's picture. I zoomed in on the clock and the Florida State University seal located directly over one of the entrances to Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. When the FSU football team is playing a home game, this stadium is usually packed with over 80,000 people. It is impossible to get the whole stadium into one picture unless you are flying over it. The second photo shows the same view without zooming in. By the way, I have stood on the inside behind that clock looking out and it is huge. I think I was just a little bit taller than the number VI at the bottom.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, December 12, 2016

College Town

In addition to being the state Capital of Florida, Tallahassee is also the home of two state universities and a big community college, so it can most definitely be called a college town. I took this picture from the top floor of one of the parking garages on the Florida State University campus near the football stadium. CollegeTown is a mixed used development of luxury student housing, restaurants and retail stores located in the Gaines Street entertainment district between FSU and Florida A&M University. The area where it is located used to be quite run down and blighted, but has recovered nicely in the last few years.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Geese at school

On weekdays I take my youngest grandson to school in the morning and pick him up in the afternoon. This week he and I enjoyed seeing a small flock of geese that were hanging around his school for a several days. I took the first picture from inside the school grounds while we were watching them from the car. I took the second picture from the street on the other side of the fence as we were leaving to go home. The two in the back on the right are on the other side of the fence.

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

Friday, December 9, 2016

Look up

Looking at the sky through the branches of an oak tree dripping with Spanish moss. I took this picture while I was sitting on a bench in the shade watching my grandkids play on the playground at J. Lee Vause Park near Lake Jackson.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fancy mailbox

I liked the looks of this mailbox I saw while taking a walk in one of the older neighborhoods near downtown.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Yarn Therapy

I love this sign in front of a local yarn shop near Lake Ella. I may have to go inside after visiting their website.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Music by the lake

This guy was spending the afternoon playing a little music while sitting in the park next to Lake Ella. I could hear him from way over on the other side of the lake where I parked my car, which is why I ended up sitting on the bench nearby.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ice Skating in Florida

The ice rink at the Centre of Tallahassee opened the day after Thanksgiving, so I took my two oldest grandkids there while they were visiting me last week. So much fun!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Enjoying the lake

Zooming in on a few Cormorants enjoying an autumn afternoon on another one of the little floating barges in the middle of Lake Ella.

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

Friday, December 2, 2016

Blue Skies

Looking up at the sky through the bare branches of one of the few trees around here that has already lost all of its leaves.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Theme Day: Transitions

I'm pretty sure this is a Cicada in the process of molting or shedding its exoskeleton. It was perched on the side of a curb in the parking lot of the library and I took these pictures at the end of last summer. It appears to be about halfway out as you can see the old brown exoskeleton at the bottom and the green head emerging at the top. The whole process takes several hours and I think it is fascinating, even though the insect is a bit ugly. Cicadas make a lovely singing sound in the trees at night. Go to this link to watch a video of a cicada molting.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and this month's theme is Transitions. To see other participants' interpretation of the theme, you can visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here.