Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cardinal


My last photo from Dorothy B. Oven Park shows a beautiful Cardinal on one of the bird feeders.

I am putting my blog on vacation for a few weeks while I enjoy some fun adventures with my daughter and grandkids. See you all soon!

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Flowers in the Park



I think those pretty little flowers in the first shot are periwinkles. There is a small water lily in the second photo.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fountain


We saw several fountains while walking around Dorothy B. Oven Park. This one was probably the biggest.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pretty flowers and more painted rocks



One of the garden areas at Dorothy B. Oven Park is shown in the first picture. The second one shows the three painted rocks my grandson found hidden in the park. If you are wondering about the painted rocks, see my previous post explaining all about them here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bridge



More photos from our walk through Dorothy B. Oven Park. The first photo is a small footbridge on one of the walking trails and the second shot shows the little stream that was running underneath it. The late afternoon sun provided the beautiful light. Would you believe that there is a very busy four lane road on the other side of those trees?

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Walking



A couple of days ago we had an afternoon of lower heat and humidity, so my littlest grandson and I went for a walk around Dorothy B. Oven Park. This park is one of my favorites because it is so shady and there are swings like the one in the above picture stationed around the park to sit on and just enjoy being outside. This week I will be showing pictures from our walk.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Neighborhood bunny




I have been seeing several white bunnies hanging around in my neighborhood for the last three or four months. Sometimes there will be two together and I have even seen three together at one time. Most of the time I just see one and it is usually in the morning or late afternoon. I think they used to be pets and either escaped or were just turned loose. I wish these pictures were clearer, but I had to use my phone to take them when I saw this particular bunny fairly close to the side of the road.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Blue skies


This week we had quite a bit of rain and some pretty intense thunderstorms. We had so much rain at one time that a flash flood watch was issued yesterday afternoon. Earlier in the week, I was sitting in a restaurant and watched a scary bolt of lightning hit a power pole across the street! Thursday started out cloudy and gloomy, but then the clouds cleared and the sun came out so my littlest grandson and I headed to the playground. This is how clear and blue the sky looked. That is part of the playground equipment in the picture.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cuties


I'm thankful that I am able to spoil these cute grandchildren of mine every chance I get!

Linking to Thankful Thursday.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"I am lost...


...but I will be found". Someone's thoughts written on the railing of the boardwalk next to Lake Esther.

Sorry I have been missing for the last couple of days. I had all three of my grandkids staying with me over the weekend and I am just now recovering from all the fun.

Linking to signs, signs.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue skies and a mockingbird


While watching my littlest grandson playing at the park, I zoomed in on this mockingbird standing on top of the playground equipment holding what appears to be an insect in its beak.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Theme Day: Nature




That large bird is an anhinga, sometimes called a snakebird because of its long neck, standing on the branch of the tree and spreading its wings out to dry in the breeze after taking a swim. In the second photo, it appears as though the bird has turned its head around and is stretching that long neck down to scold that turtle sitting below on the other branch. You can really see how long that neck is! The turtle showed no signs of backing down. Those turtles in the last shot were swimming around under the boardwalk I was standing on. I think they thought I had some food. If you are wondering about the color of the water in this lake, I think it is due to an overgrowth of algae because it usually is more clear.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mimosa


I almost waited too late to get a picture of some of the mimosa blooms which can be seen all over town this time of year. As you can see, some of them have already started to wilt. I passed this tree while on a walk in my neighborhood.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Painted rocks




My grandson and I found these painted rocks at the park near my house. They were painted and hidden by members of a local group called Tallahassee Rocks which is similar to The Kindness Rocks Project. Basically it is a fun activity which involves painting and decorating your rocks, hiding them and then looking for rocks that have been hidden by others. People post pictures of the rocks they are hiding or rocks they have found on the Facebook page and then rehide the rocks for someone else to find. They can be decorated any way you want and some are fancy or contain inspirational messages on them. My grandson gets really excited whenever he finds a new rock. We haven't painted any of our own yet, but we might get started soon. Apparently these groups are springing up in cities all over the place, so there could be one where you live.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

White Squirrel





For several years, there has been a colony of white squirrels living in my neighborhood and they are always fun to watch. They are hard to photograph though because they move so quickly. Yesterday I saw one scamper down a utility pole and make a meal out of a mushroom growing nearby and it stayed still long enough for me to get some good shots. Its eyes are not red and it has a bit of gray on its head and down its back, so it is not an albino, but a variation of the common gray squirrel.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Magnolia blossom


The magnolia trees are really putting on a show this year with blooms all over town. This one is on a smaller tree and I was able to get a nice closeup.

Linking to Floral Friday Fotos.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Improvements


There is a construction fence around the Capitol while they are working on improvements. I wish the improvements could be more than cosmetic though, as in clearing out some of the politicians inside.

Linking to Fences Around the World.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No dumping



These little signs are posted near all of the storm drains downtown.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ducklings


Don't worry, their mama wasn't too far away.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Roots


I think the tree will eventually win the battle with this downtown sidewalk.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Looking for dinner




This Little Blue Heron was stalking some dinner by a pond near my house. In the second photo, you can see it giving me a look like it didn't want me taking its picture, but then went right back to what it was doing. I had originally gone there because I heard there was an alligator hanging around the pond, but later found out that someone who lived in one of the houses that backs up to the pond had called the Nuisance Alligator Hotline and an alligator trapper contracted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had already removed it. There is a swampy area close to this pond, so it's probably only a matter of time before another alligator shows up.

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Drifting cloud


A cloud drifting by the 22 story new Capitol downtown. It's not really that new (built in the 1970's), but Florida's historic old Capitol (which I showed here last week) sits right in front of it, so most locals just refer to the two buildings as the "old" Capitol and "new" Capitol. I think the old one is much more interesting, but the Observation Deck on the top floor of new one does have some nice views.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cozy Park Bench


I noticed this little bench under a tree in one of the parks downtown. Maybe the size is a deterrent to keep people from sleeping there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Welcome


The Florida Legislature ended its annual session last week, but these signs were still up downtown near the Capitol.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cannon


I could not find any information about this old cannon I saw downtown. I walked all the way around it and there was no sign or plaque to explain what it was there for. I did notice that it is sort of pointed towards City Hall though.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Flags



United States and State of Florida flags hanging over the walkway next to the Florida Retail Federation offices across from the state capitol complex downtown.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stuffed beak



My grandson and I were in a store parking lot and we threw some bread out the window for some of the birds that were hanging around. I took the first picture through my car windshield with my phone. That bird was so funny looking at us with his beak full of bread! The other two birds were waiting patiently next to my car for their turn. I think these are common grackles, but hopefully someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Capitol Dome


The dome of Florida's historic Old Capitol downtown.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Boardwalk


Here is a picture of the boardwalk I was standing on the end of when I took the three previous pictures I posted this week. This boardwalk is only a couple of months old and there are also new picnic tables, outdoor grills and restroom facilities nearby. On the other side is the floating dock used for fishing and a ramp for launching boats into Lake Jackson.

Linking to Fences Around the World.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paddling Trail



A sign marking one of the access points of the Lake Jackson Blueway, which is one of Florida's Designated Paddling Trails (the link provides information about all of the paddling trails in the state). I had to zoom way out on the lake to get the second photo of someone enjoying the trail. You can visit this link to find out more information about this particular paddling trail, including maps, a description and access point locations.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Water Lilies


I pointed my camera down after I took yesterday's picture so I could get a good shot of the water lilies blooming in Lake Jackson. I was standing on a boardwalk that extends over the edge of the lake.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.