Friday, March 18, 2016

SkyWatch Friday

I took this picture right before I went up the steps to go into the Florida's historic Old Capitol a couple of weeks ago.

I will be taking a break from my blog for a week or so. I will have all of my grandchildren at my house starting today for their spring break. We're gonna have some fun!

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Good Fence on a Bridge

The foot bridge at Waverly Pond in the late afternoon sun. I'm not sure who left that stick you can see there in the second photo, but I put it back after I passed by. Also if you look to the left in the second shot, you can see a gazebo in distance. The third picture shows my favorite part of this bridge, a built in bench where you can sit and rest for awhile.

Linking to Good Fences.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Downtown Property

This old building sits on a valuable corner of downtown property located directly across from the Florida Capitol complex. It was built in 1930 and as you can see, one of the signs on the side of it reads "Seminole Tribe of Florida". I did a little research and found out that the Seminole Tribe not only owns the building, but several of the other lots right next to it. The only information I could find about the property, which is currently vacant, stated that at one time there were plans for a hotel, restaurant and meeting facilities to be built on the site, but those plans have been tabled for now. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday

I love the fact that when the county built the new park near my house they decided to leave some of the old structures on the property, like the old hay barn and the abandoned house in the woods I have shown previously. It's fun to see them when walking along the trails. These two buildings look like they might have been used for storage at one time.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Pine Tree

I thought this newly planted pine tree looked so pretty against that gorgeous spring sky.

Linking to Through My Lens.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Looking for Dinner by Lake Ella

I was stalking this Snowy Egret along the edge of Lake Ella, but it didn't seem to mind. In fact, I don't think it even noticed me.

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

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring Flowers and a Butterfly

I think a few of the people visiting the old Florida Capitol thought it was amusing to watch me follow this butterfly around on the front lawn trying to get a couple of good pictures. Once I'm determined to get a blog picture though, I don't pay much attention to what anyone else thinks!

Linking to Floral Friday Fotos.

Linking to Today's Flowers.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

State Government in the Past

Today I am showing the last of my pictures from the inside of Florida's historic old Capitol. The first two pictures show the old Florida Supreme Court chamber, which appears as it did when the court heard its last case here before moving to the new Supreme Court building located behind the capitol complex. I showed a picture of the Supreme Court building on my blog last year here. The second two pictures show the old Senate chamber and the last two pictures are of the old chamber of the House of Representatives. These two branches of government now convene in their own separate wings of the new Capitol, which I steered clear of on this visit because the Legislature is currently in session and you never know who you might NOT want to run into over there.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

More from the Old Capitol

When you walk in the front door of the Florida's historic old Capitol, the first thing you see are the stairs. I kind of like the way they looked from the second floor balcony too. The third picture shows what the dome looks like from the inside with the late afternoon sun shining in. You can read a little more about the history of this beautiful place on the sign in the last shot or just enjoy looking at that Spanish moss hanging from the old live oak tree in the background.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures

Perhaps the most treasured building in Tallahassee is Florida's historic old state Capitol, which has been standing on this same site since 1845. The building went through many changes through the years until that 22 story high rise you see behind it, now known as the "new" Capitol, was built almost 40 years ago. Unfortunately it is impossible to get a good shot of one without the other. Believe it or not, when the new Capitol was being built, the original plan was to demolish the old one. There was a huge protest over that, so lawmakers decided to restore the old Capitol to its 1902 appearance, including those red and white striped awnings on the windows which are authentic to the period.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Taking a Break

I saw this Google maps car parked outside a cafe when I was walking around Lake Ella. I guess they were taking a break from viewing the street.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Walk in the Park

Some pictures from one of my walks last weekend at San Luis Mission Park. The bird in the first two shots is a Yellow-rumped Warbler. That's a Robin in the third shot. I'm pretty sure that's a Red Eared Slider turtle in the last photo going after some some bread that had been thrown in the water. That yellow stuff in the water is pollen, which is why I haven't been able to stop sneezing this week!

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

Linking to Camera Critters.

Linking to The Bird D'pot.

Friday, March 4, 2016


Here are some close-ups of the azaleas that were blooming on the bush next to the old fence I showed in my post yesterday. Some commenters were wondering about an azalea bush growing wild in the woods. I'm pretty sure this one was planted many years ago by someone who once lived on this land, but has long since moved away.

Linking to Floral Friday Fotos.

Linking to Today's Flowers.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Good Fences in the Woods

I spent some time this past weekend wandering around a few park trails in the woods, which is where I found these old fences. That is part of an old palm tree trunk on the ground in the second picture and I found it just past the fence in the first shot. The old fence in the last photo seems to have been taken over by some thick vines and Spanish moss. Those are azaleas blooming on the bush next to it.

Linking to Good Fences.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


I have never eaten here, but I have heard some good reviews. Their website says that "Gaines Street Pies was created by two local guys who wanted to create the best pizza in Tallahassee". My son and daughter-in-law say the pizza is pretty good and the portions are huge. I may have to try it. I do like their sign.

Linking to signs, signs.