4.30.2009

A walk, a market, a old house, a horse stable {Part 1 of 6}

The walk was as usual. Beautiful. A warm sunny day. I believe I may have walked from one end of St. Augustine to the other. And I know I have missed many streets. So much of St. Augustine. So little time.

“I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.”

“I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Henry Miller


"All this stuff will make perfect sense later on, he used to say, if you can remember enough of it."

"All this stuff will make perfect sense later on, he used to say, if you can remember enough of it."
¸.•*´¨`♥ StoryPeople


"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Jane Austen


"Sweet as honey is my entrance, sweet as honey my departure."

"Sweet as honey is my entrance, sweet as honey my departure."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Atharva Veda


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A walk, a market, a old house, a horse stable {Part 2 of 6}

This guy was completely chill. Laying out on a bench in town square. Note the cell phone and the cigar.

"With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now."

"With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future.  I live now."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"I'll live a lush life in some small dive."

"I'll live a lush life in some small dive."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Billy Strayhorn


This was from a little place I stopped in for a slice of pizza. It was a strange place, and I opted for the 'outdoor' dining. Not especially what I had in mind, but I decided to try and get a nice shot of something there. So, on the wall/fence were frames. No pictures. This is one of them.

"Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame."

"Art consists of limitation.  The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame."
¸.•*´¨`♥ G.K. Chesterton


Jake's Landing
Jake's Landing


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A walk, a market, a old house, a horse stable {Part 3 of 6}

The next couple were from the farmer's market. Sweet little market that it is.

"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."

"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Henry David Thoreau


“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Ray Bradbury


"Oh! roses and lilies are fair to see; But the wild bluebell is the flower for me."

"Oh! roses and lilies are fair to see;  But the wild bluebell is the flower for me."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Louisa A. Meredith


"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower."

"To see a world in a grain of sand and  heaven in a wildflower."
¸.•*´¨`♥ William Blake


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A walk, a market, a old house, a horse stable {Part 4 of 6}

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
¸.•*´¨`♥ William Shakespeare


We saw the stables where they horses were kept for the buggy rides. Many mixed feeling on this. Mostly negative.

colee stables
Colee Stables


“The woman's mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine...”

“The woman's mission is not to enhance the masculine spirit, but to express the feminine...”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Margaret Thatcher


115
115


"Many people have sighed for the 'good old days' and regretted the 'passing of the horse,' but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses."

"Many people have sighed for the 'good old days' and regretted the 'passing of the horse,' but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses."
¸.•*´¨`♥ C.W. Anderson


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A walk, a market, a old house, a horse stable {Part 5 of 6}

“The barn was our playground.”

“The barn was our playground.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Anne Halme


horse
A horse


We came across an estate sale. Rather scary. I had just seen the movie Gray Gardens, and this reminded me of it. I did manage to find a couple of really pretty things to photograph.

the window
the window


4 bottles
4 bottles

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A walk, a market, a old house, a horse stable {Part 6 of 6}

One of the horses that lived in the stables.

just married
just married


casa tuseo
Casa Tuseo


graphic art & photography
graphic art & photography...hmmm


red flowers red door
Red flowers. Red door.


john's door
John's door

4.26.2009

St. Augustine Alligator Farm {Part 1 of 8}

I didn't think about the Alligator Farm much at first. But, I long ago decided to experience all that St. Augustine has to offer. So lately I had been thinking about it. On this particular day, D was going to golf with some buddies and I figured this was my golden opportunity. Off I went.

I didn't have high expectations. I expected the cheese factor to be high. I didn't expect to like it at all, as a matter of fact. I was wrong. Not cheesy. It was like strolling in a beautiful shaded park...with gators all about. Of course, I was on a boardwalk or a path, and they were well out of my reach...or I should say I was well out of their reach.

I started out by a huge pit of gators that had this fellow.

Napping
Napping


Then I followed the path to what actually turned out to be my most favorite part...the birds. It was a huge lagoon with a boardwalk over it. On all sides were trees with birds nesting in them. Below, in the murky waters, were hundreds of alligators. I was fascinated by this whole setup. How could they live in such harmony? Why would the birds choose to nest over such a pit of jaws? There was no overhead screen of any type, so the birds were free to go outside of the Alligator Farm when ever they wanted. And yet here they were, by the hundreds. I found out they liked the protection that the alligators offered from their natural enemies like raccoons, etc.

Just goofy
Just goofy



What now?
What now?



Part of the group
Part of the group



The nest
The nest


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St. Augustine Alligator Farm {Part 2 of 8}

Brown eyes
Brown eyes



Solitary
Solitary



Grace in the leaves
Grace in the leaves



Blue bill
Blue bill



What is down there?
What is down there?


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St. Augustine Alligator Farm {Part 3 of 8}

This was one of the fellows that lived in the bird lagoon.

Taking a dip
Taking a dip



Solitary
Solitary


There were a lot of photographers here. I'm not that good at wildlife, but if this is your thing, this is the place to be.

Photog
Photog


Eventually the path wandered out of the bird lagoon, and I found myself by the monkey cage.

Linda...really
Linda...really


Next I was by another mini bird area with vultures. This jeep interested me, as the birds were off in the distance.

Vulture mobile
Vulture mobile


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St. Augustine Alligator Farm {Part 4 of 8}

I found myself then back at the main pit. I took another path that took me to alligators and crocodiles of the world.

Ancient
Ancient



Happy to see ya
Happy to see ya



Ha Ha
Ha Ha



Chillin'
Chillin'


I made a complete circle and decided to go back to the lagoon. This group of alligators were only a small sample of what was beneath all the birds.

The mosh pit
v


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St. Augustine Alligator Farm {Part 5 of 8}

Water lurker
Water lurker



Nest watcher
Nest watcher



Only a mother could love
Only a mother could love


Once again back at the main pit in time for the afternoon feeding.

Fangs
Fangs


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