Saturday, September 24, 2011

Iron Fence

Old City Cemetery is surrounded by an iron fence. I like the way the Spanish moss drapes itself over the fence. Parts of the cemetery are higher than others and in the second shot you can see how the graves are at eye level as you walk down the sidewalk on the south side of the cemetery.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SkyWatch Friday

Believe it or not, I took this picture on the same day I took all of the photos of Old City Cemetery that are being shown on my blog this week. The blimp was in town to cover the FSU football game and could be seen flying over the campus all afternoon. I couldn't believe it when it flew directly over my head. To see more fascinating skies from around the world, don't miss SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Family Plot

Several different types of markers grouped together near the east entrance to Old City Cemetery.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Confederate graves and some kind of little stump creature

This section of Old City Cemetery is devoted to Confederate soldiers. There is a section for Union soldiers which looks very similar to this on the other side of the cemetery. I guess they didn't want to bury them too close together! In the lower left corner of the first picture, you can see the pruned stump of a little tree. The second picture is a closeup of the same stump from a different angle. It looks like a little animal with a horn, an eye, and even a sly little smile on its face to me. Click on it to enlarge and tell me if I'm imagining things!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Old City Cemetery

I took all of these pictures near the east entrance of Old City Cemetery after I saw the "no trespassing" warning sign posted by the Tallahassee Police Department. It's probably due to vandalism, which is a shame. I think it is interesting the way some of the family plots are fenced and even have gates as you can see in the second shot. In the third picture, it looks like someone tried to slide the stone covering right off of one of the graves. This place would be really spooky at night! You can click on any of these pictures and enlarge them to get a better view.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in Tallahassee. It was established in 1829 and is located near downtown and right across the street from where I work. It contains graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers, victims of the yellow fever epidemic of 1841, and some notable figures in Tallahassee history. I recently took a walk around the cemetery and this week I will be showing a few pictures from that day.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Camera Critters

This little tree frog was riding out the rain and wind from Tropical Storm Lee a couple of weeks ago on my back door. He was watching me very closely while I was taking his picture. Isn't that tiny little face adorable? To see more cute critters from around the world, visit Camera Critters.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Weekend Reflections

While standing behind the band at the FSU game last weekend, I noticed some tuba reflections! To see more interesting reflections from around the world, visit Weekend Reflections.

Friday, September 16, 2011

SkyWatch Friday

A plane and a crane in the clear blue late summer sky. To see more wonderful skies from around the world, visit SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bus Station

The Greyhound Bus Station has been at this location for as long as I can remember. In fact, when I was a college student (back in the olden days) and couldn't find a ride home with one of my friends, I used to ride the bus from Tallahassee to Jacksonville. It took forever though because the bus took the scenic route instead of the interstate and stopped in every little town along the way.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Watery Wednesday

Closeup of the Westcott fountain at the main gate of the Florida State University campus. To see more wonderful watery shots from around the world, visit Watery Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Leader of the Band

FSU played a home football game last Saturday and one of the things I like to do on game days is attend the Marching Chiefs warmup session just before they march into the stadium. Here you can see the head drum major on the podium conducting the band, while the two assistant drum majors stand on either side of him. He was conducting a beautiful version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic which was part of their halftime show honoring the victims of 9/11. The Marching Chiefs is the largest college marching band in the world with membership comprised from almost every academic department within the University. My daughter and son-in-law were both members of the Marching Chiefs while they were undergraduate students at FSU.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Interesting Proposal

The plaza that surrounds the Westcott fountain on the FSU campus is paved with commemorative bricks inscribed with the names of FSU alumni, friends and family. I noticed this particular brick while taking a lunch time walk. It looks like a new addition to the plaza. If you are having trouble reading it, just click on the picture to enlarge. I hope she said yes!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

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Today is the 10th anniversary of one of the worst days in the history of the United States. I'm posting this picture of our beautiful flag to honor all who were lost on that terrible day. The second two pictures are from a visit to New York City that I took with my kids in December 1991, ten years before the attacks. The middle shot shows a much younger me on the ferry going from Liberty Island back to Battery Park with the twin towers behind me. On that day, we rode the elevator all the way to the top of Tower 2 in the World Trade Center. The third shot is of me standing in front of a window at the top of Tower 2 with a view of the city behind me. You can see part of Tower 1 through the window on the left side of the picture. That is my daughter in the red jacket sitting on the floor in front of me. I still have the souvenir t-shirt that I bought at the gift shop up there. Please forgive the quality of these pictures (and the fashion!), as they were taken with a 35mm film camera and they are 20 years old!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekend Reflections

The sky and the roof of 93 year old Eppes Hall on the FSU campus are reflected in the glass window of the newer Kellogg Building next door. To enjoy more lovely reflections from around the world, visit Weekend Reflections.

Friday, September 9, 2011

SkyWatch Friday

Looking east toward downtown, not far from where I work, you can see the 19 story Florida Department of Education building. That's the roof of a sorority house you see right in front of it. This is what the weather looked like the day after Tropical Storm Lee moved through the area. To enjoy more beautiful skies from all over the world, visit SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


This guy is standing guard outside one of our local high schools because he is their mascot.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Watery Wednesday

Can you see the turtle? He's going after a piece of bread in the water. To see more wonderful watery shots, don't miss Watery Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I work on the beautiful campus of Florida State University, but rarely am I there at night. Last week we had a faculty and staff fall meeting in the evening at the newly renovated William Johnston Building where 3 of the departments in the college where I work are located. This is a picture of the main entrance.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Internet Cafe

Internet cafes are causing quite a bit of controversy in the state of Florida. Customers buy internet time bundled with casino-style sweepstakes and critics say it is a legal form of gambling, but without the benefits of fees or taxes because the cafes are largely unregulated. They seem to be popping up everywhere and their parking lots are always full of cars.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Camera Critters

Horses having their breakfast in the shade of these beautiful old oak trees just as the sun was coming up. I stopped and took their picture on my way to take my grandson to school last Friday morning. To see more fascinating critters from around the world, visit Camera Critters.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Weekend Reflections

I could not resist taking a picture of this car that was stopped in front of me in traffic. You really should click on the picture to enlarge it to get the full effect of the gold paint job with just a touch of purple on the back bumper. Since you can see a few reflections of the trees and sky in the back windshield, I decided to make this post a part of Weekend Reflections.

Friday, September 2, 2011

SkyWatch Friday

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Thursday, September 1, 2011


I took this picture while on one of the walking trails in San Luis Park.