Monday, December 18, 2017


I will be taking a blogging break until after the holidays so I can have more time to spend with my family. I leave you with this photo of my youngest grandson decorating the Christmas tree.

Friday, December 15, 2017


The pretty little pavilion is located in Kleman Plaza downtown and houses the spiral stairs leading up from the underground parking garage. Those are poinsettias in the planter in front of it.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday concert

Today I am thankful for my grandchildren, who bring so much love and happiness into my life. Here is a photo taken last weekend of my granddaughter singing at a holiday concert.

Linking to Thankful Thursday.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bike share

Since there were only two bikes available, I guess this program must be used quite a bit. You can see the reflection of one of the downtown buildings across the street in their sign.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Built in 1910, the James D. Westcott Building houses the main administrative offices of The Florida State University and is also home to Ruby Diamond Auditorium, the primary performance hall for the University. James D. Westcott was a former Florida Supreme Court justice who left a large part of his estate to the school in 1887. Ruby Diamond was one of thirteen graduates of the class of 1905 and a philanthropist who established scholarships for disadvantaged students. Much of the interior of this building was destroyed by fire in 1969, but the historic collegiate gothic exterior was preserved during the renovation that was completed in 1973. The fountain located in front of the building was built in 1917. In the second photo, the building can be seen through an arch on one side of the main gate of the University and the last photo shows the arch stretched across the entrance with part of the building behind it. The 1851 date near the top refers to the year the University was established.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Side by side

Two murals next to each other on the side of a downtown building. I can't decide which one I like best. I could not find the names of the artists.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Blooming Cactus

I've had this cactus for several years now and this year it decided to really put on a show. It used to bloom around Thanksgiving, but now it seems to bloom a little closer to Christmas. It was on the floor, but I put it up on that stool to get better photos and also to try and keep my teenage cat (she's almost 8 months old), Cecelia, from being too obsessed with it.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wispy clouds

This is what I wish our weather looked like today, but it's cold and rainy. I took this photo about a month ago at Maclay Gardens State Park.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Foggy morning

Looking east down College Avenue toward downtown Tallahassee early on a recent Saturday morning. I was standing in front of the main gates of the Florida State University campus and there was no traffic on this usually busy street.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gator tail

I took this photo when I was getting out of the car to enjoy dinner out with my daughter and grandkids over the Thanksgiving holidays. It was the week of a big rivalry football game between my alma mater, The Florida State University, and that other school south of here known as the "gators". I'm happy to report that my FSU team won the game for the fifth year in a row 38-22. By the way, I have tried fried gator tail before and it tastes like chicken only a little chewier and no, I didn't order it for dinner that night.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

General Store

This old combination general store/post office/gas station was built in 1916 in the small town of Overstreet on Florida's gulf coast. It was moved to its present site along with several other historic buildings to form a quaint little village on what is now known as White Dog Plantation, a charming retreat that serves as an event venue and also offers rooms for overnight guests. It is located just north of town. My daughter attended a wedding there over the weekend and took this photo.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, December 4, 2017


Another pretty mural from the same building as the last few I have posted. This time the artist's name is clearly visible and her name is Laura Powers.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Theme Day: Gift

My interpretation of this month's theme is of course a photo of these three cuties, my precious grandchildren. They are my heart along with my grown children. By the way, the most extraordinary gift I ever received in my life was when my son was born just after midnight on Christmas morning almost 36 years ago. Hard to top that one!

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and the theme for December is "Gift". To see other participants' interpretations of the theme, visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rogue azalea

The azaleas in my yard usually only bloom in the spring, but this one decided to be different and produce one lone bloom for the fall. I took this photo a couple of weeks ago, so it's gone now.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Sign near the rose garden in Winthrop Park.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cotten House

Built in 1904, the Margaret W. Cotten House is located in the Calhoun Street Historic District near downtown and sits across the street from the Brokaw-McDougall House which I showed a couple of weeks ago here. The house is currently the home of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pink dinosaur

Another whimsical mural I found on the wall of the same building as the mural I posted here. Again, it is partially obstructed by a fence and I am unsure of the artist.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Standing tall

I'm taking a blog break for the next week while I enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays with my grandkids. In the meantime, I will leave you with this funny picture I took with my iPhone of my 6 month old kitten Cecelia impersonating a meerkat. She didn't hold this pose for very long, so I had to be quick to get this shot!

Linking the Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and Weekend Reflections.

Friday, November 17, 2017

"X" marks the spot

Jet contrails crossing the sky as the sun was going down.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Antique bricks

This pathway in Maclay Gardens State Park was created from antique bricks that were recycled from an old street in Tampa, Florida. The bricks were originally manufactured in different cities, but most of them came from a company called Westport Paving and Brick in Baltimore, Maryland which was founded in 1905. These bricks were so popular in the early 20th century that they were shipped to many cities for construction of streets and buildings. When automobiles became more prevalent, a smoother surface was needed for streets, so many of the bricks were removed and sold for other purposes like this beautiful pathway.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fall roses

There are still a few blooms in the rose garden at Winthrop Park.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Brokaw-McDougall House

The Brokaw-MCDougall House is one of Tallahassee's most beautiful remaining antebellum homes. Construction was begun in 1856 and completed in 1860. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and currently is home to the offices of the Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs. You can read more about the history of this home here. You can view a photograph of the house taken in the year 1890 here.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Looking up

I couldn't get an unobstructed photo of this mural because of that fence, but I think it turned out good anyway. I saw it on the side of a building near downtown, but I am unsure of the artist.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


I was standing in line at the post office the other day when I kept hearing what I thought were birds in the room. When I got up to the counter, I asked about it and the lady showed me where the sounds were coming from. Someone was shipping a crate full of colorful canaries. I felt a little sorry for them, but they looked and sounded happy enough, so I hope they end up in good homes!

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Break in the clouds

My grandkids and I noticed the sun peeking through this opening in the clouds at sunset one day when I was visiting them in Orlando. We were in my car and I didn't have my camera with me, so I pulled over and took this photo with my iPhone. I kind of liked how it turned out.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Metal chicken

I noticed this character hanging around outside of the restaurant I took my grandkids to last weekend when I was visiting them in Orlando. He didn't seem to mind me taking his picture.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


As you can probably tell, this photo was not taken in Tallahassee. I found it in photos of my summer trip through Eastern Europe. I was walking around one afternoon in Warsaw, Poland and saw this limo parked on the street just daring me to take its picture. It was our first day there and I was extremely jet lagged which probably explains why I forgot about it. Anyway, I'm linking it to signs, signs.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blowing in the wind

Spanish moss growing on the branches of the oak trees over one of the paths in Maclay Gardens State Park. I liked the way the long strands looked blowing in the wind that was coming off the lake. You can see what it looks like up close in the third shot, which I took while sitting in one of the lakeside pavilions in the park.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October Theme Day: Rock and Roll

Nothing says Rock and Roll to me like The Beatles. Here is a photo of my very first Beatles album which I received for my birthday when I was a pre-teenager back in the 60's. I was so proud of it that I wrote my name up there on the top. The second photo of Abbey Road Studios is a cell phone shot I took early one evening when I was in London a few years ago.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community. This month's theme is Rock and Roll. To see other participants' take on the theme, visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here.