5.30.2009

A Sunday Afternoon Farmers Market {Part 1 of 5}

D found a new farmers market that is on Sunday afternoon. It is located in Vilano Beach. I didn't take the next picture, but I included it to show where the market is. See the long pier? It was at the beginning of that. We got there a bit early, so we took a stroll to the end of the pier.

Aeria View




"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather."

¸.•*´¨`♥ Loire Hartwould


“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore”

¸.•*´¨`♥ Vincent van Gogh


On the pier
Hippiness on the pier


Bait & Tackle
Bait and Tackle


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A Sunday Afternoon Farmers Market {Part 2 of 5}

The day was beautiful after a looooooooong bout of rain. If I recall correctly, it did rain again, but only after we were home.

“How sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue!”

“How sweet to be a Cloud Floating in the Blue!”  by you.
¸.•*´¨`♥ A. A. Hodge


“Lord, keep my memory green.”

¸.•*´¨`♥ Charles Dickens


“And palm trees. I missed those. Maybe I'll do palm trees next.”

¸.•*´¨`♥ Dennis Hopper


"Diviner than the dolphin is nothing yet created..."

¸.•*´¨`♥ Oppian, Halieutica


“The sign brings customers”

¸.•*´¨`♥ Jean de La Fontaine



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A Sunday Afternoon Farmers Market {Part 3 of 5}

There is a certain stand that has the most beautiful produce. It seems I always take a picture or two of their veggies and fruit. Today they hammed it up for the camera!

"If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail."

¸.•*´¨`♥ Winston Churchill


"Pray how does your asparagus perform?"

¸.•*´¨`♥ John Adams, in a letter to his wife Abigail


“When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.”

¸.•*´¨`♥ Bob Marley


The next was the most bizarre thing. It was a huge bird statue in a chain link cage. Just before the pier entrance. Apparently it was from an old motel, long gone. But, someone, in their infinite wisdom, decided to preserve this little chunk of Americana in it's little cage of chain link, forever.

"A Robin Red breast in a cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage."

¸.•*´¨`♥ William Blake


“Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”

“Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.” by you.
¸.•*´¨`♥ Buddha



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A Sunday Afternoon Farmers Market {Part 4 of 5}

The day before, we went into town, and of course, I stopped by the Saturday morning farmers market. I met D downtown for breakfast, then he headed home. So, I was on my own. I didn't stay long at the market, because it started to rain.

"this is a picture of a mythical creature & I've only captured the parts that interested me, so it probably looks nothing like this which makes it no help at all to modern science"

¸.•*´¨`♥ StoryPeople


"When I grow up, I want to remember that I always wanted to be about a thousand different things & one lifetime didn't seem nearly enough."

¸.•*´¨`♥ StoryPeople


After I left the market, and started home, it stopped raining for a bit. So, I made a little stop at a dock that I haven't been to before.

"The years teach much which the days never knew."

¸.•*´¨`♥ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"A Little Princess...it's always tea-time... "

¸.•*´¨`♥ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” by you.
¸.•*´¨`♥ Hans Margolius


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A Sunday Afternoon Farmers Market {Part 5 of 5}

“The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood”

“The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood” by you.
¸.•*´¨`♥ George Bernard Shaw


"I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn."

¸.•*´¨`♥ Pablo Picasso


"Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live."

¸.•*´¨`♥ Mark Twain

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5.18.2009

Saturday afternoon in the park {Part 1 of 3}

We went into St. Augustine for lunch, and to just get a break from the pressures of trying to move. We parked by the Bay and walked up to A1A Ale House for lunch.

"Watching the ships roll in, And then I watch 'em roll away again..."

"Watching the ships roll in, And then I watch 'em roll away again..."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Otis Redding ~ Sitting on the Dock of the Bay


"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."

"Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it."
¸.•*´¨`♥ George Bernard Shaw


"It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid."

"It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Edgar Lee Masters


“The water is the same on both sides of the boat”

“The water is the same on both sides of the boat”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Finnish Proverb


"The red and white and starry blue, Is freedom's shield and hope."

"The red and white and starry blueIs freedom's shield and hope."
¸.•*´¨`♥ John Philip Sousa


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Saturday afternoon in the park {Part 2 of 3}

Inside the A1A Ale House was cool and nice. We enjoyed a tall glass of iced tea while waiting for our lunch. I took the following image, and didn't see the reflection of the woman in the copper fountain on the bar until after I got home and put it on the computer. Quite interesting.

"We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again."

"We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Henri Cartier-Bresson


While we were eating D commented on a picture on the wall and how much he liked it. A vintage photograph of New York. A very interesting image indeed.

on the rail
On the Rail


After lunch I walked over to the park to see what all was going on. D walked back to the car and sat on the bay until I got there. I still don't know what the event was. There were people everywhere. A band, with drums. Only drums. But lovely drums. With oodles of spirit. Made you want to dance through the park. They were dressed colorfully with flowing feathers.

"What is genius? - It is the power to be a boy again at will."

"What is genius? - It is the power to be a boy again at will."
¸.•*´¨`♥ James Matthew Barrie


Somewhere between that band and the next photo, I teared up. The thought of leaving all of the magic that is St. Augustine just overwhelmed me. But, I moved on.

I have seen Gary several times before, at the Saturday morning Farmer's Market in St. Augustine. Sometimes I saw him with the musicians playing his flute, or pushing his bike through the crowd to find a suitable parking place so he could do his market shopping. I have never spoken to him.

Until today.

Like I said. I was in the park. They were having a festival. I don't know what this festival was. I just happened upon it. One of the many pleasures of living in St. Augustine. Music. People. Artists. Just wonderful. Then I saw Gary sitting near the entrance to the park painting. I almost walked by, but was so taken by the fact that he was painting, that I had to stop and talk with him. Soon I just sat on the sidewalk in front of him and enjoyed the conversation.

As it turns out, he is a man of many talents. An actor, painter, writer, musician. A modern times renaissance man. He has lived in St. Augustine the last 10 years. He has also lived in San Francisco. And he is a world traveler.

When I finally asked him if I may take his portrait for 100 strangers, he readily agreed. So we continued talking, and I shot away. A wonderful session.

He also gave me two of his pencil sketches! He says he is working on improving his face sketches. I said I'm working on improving my 100 strangers portraits...trying to not have out of focus portraits.

Gary "100 Strangers" #18
Gary "100 Strangers" #19


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Saturday afternoon in the park {Part 3 of 3}

This ole fellow melted my heart. He reminded me of our sweet Bear.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Will Rogers


In the middle of all the drum beating, dancing and general chaos, were these women doing yoga in sync. Beautifully in sync.

yoga1
Look to your soul...


yoga3
...stretch to the sky...


yoga2
...all the while staying grounded.


And I know this is repetition, but I love the collage, so here it is.


"A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves."

"A photographer gets people to pose for him.  A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves."
¸.•*´¨`♥ T. Guillemets

5.15.2009

Cinco de Mayo and more... {Part 1 of 3}

Back home in St. Augustine. It is nice. But sad. We'll be moving soon. That is exciting, but sad to leave the Auggie Doggie. We were home for Cinco de Mayo. And, traditionally, we like to go out for a Margarita and Mexican food. This year we chose Acapulos. Had a wonderful margarita and great fajitas.

In the resturant I took the next two photos.

"I'm being followed by a moon shadow, Leaping and hopping on a moon shadow..."

"I'm being followed by a moon shadow, Leaping and hopping on a moon shadow..."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Cat Stevens


"Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."

"Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Claude Monet


The next two were taken from the upstairs balcony at Acapulco's looking out across the bay.

"I just thank God I don’t live in a trailer."

"I just thank God I don’t live in a trailer."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Jimmy Buffet, Son of a son of a sailor


"Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

"Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Mark Twain


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Cinco de Mayo and more... {Part 2 of 3}

This little petunia flower garden was along the way back to our car.

“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”

“I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Elizabeth Taylor


Saturday morning we made it to the Farmer's Market. A joy as always. Full of people and fun.

"Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity."

"Dining is and always was a great artistic opportunity."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Frank Lloyd Wright


“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”

“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Carl Sandburg


"Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a woman's man, no time to talk."

"Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I'm a woman's man, no time to talk."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Bee Gees~Staying Alive


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Cinco de Mayo and more... {Part 3 of 3}

“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.”

“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Confucius


I make a regular stop at this stand. The popcorn is totally addicting. I could eat it forever. I'm embarrassed at the size of the bag I ate last weekend.

“Get your popcorn ready, 'cause I'm gonna put on a show.”

“Get your popcorn ready, 'cause I'm gonna put on a show.”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Terrell Owens


"It happens every time--they all become blueberries."

"It happens every time--they all become blueberries."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


"It's the way you ride the trail that counts."

"It's the way you ride the trail that counts."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Dale Evans

5.10.2009

Pensacola Bound? {Part 1 of 6}

We took (another) trip to Pensacola/Gulf Breeze. We are considering moving there, so this was business mixed with pleasure. More pleasure. Less business. That is only if you consider looking at homes with a Realtor pleasure. The verdict is out on that one. But, even with a Realtor, I enjoy home looking. The trip is really too long. 6 hours from St. Augustine. By the time we got there, were were dragging.

The rockers
On the road...a stop at Cracker Barrel


One of the homes we are considering is in a lovely old neighborhood that is undergoing a transformation. East Hill. I think I could really love living there. It is old and new. Fixing the old. Renovation. Restoration. A very connected neighborhood. Parks. Bayou Texar. Shaded streets. Front porches. All that is what a home should be.

In this neighborhood is a sweet little bakery...Jay's. An institution. It closed a few years ago, but happily reopened soon after due to a united outcry from residents. We stopped there often due to my sugar cookie addiction. Stress related. The cookies were strictly medicinal.

"And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread."

"And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread."
¸.•*´¨`♥ William Shakespeare


"My name is Tre Cool, ....and i snort donut sprinkles,......kind of a sweet drain."

"My name is Tre Cool, ....and i snort donut sprinkles,......kind of a sweet drain."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Green Day


"I don't do drugs. I am drugs."

"I don't do drugs.  I am drugs."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Salvador Dali


“The grocery store is the great equalizer where mankind comes to grips with the facts of life like toilet tissue”

“The grocery store is the great equalizer where mankind comes to grips with the facts of life like toilet tissue”
¸.•*´¨`♥ Joseph Goldberg


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