PHOTOS AND REMARKS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN NORTH FLORIDA...........JUST CLICK ON A PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT...........TO LEAVE A COMMENT JUST CLICK ON "comments" BELOW EACH PICTURE. All pictures Copyright 2001-2015 by James T. Weekes
This field is lying fallow. It is interesting to see the first plants to invade. Gaillardias are an incredibly tough little flower. They are drought-proof as far as I can tell and willingly spread to any bare ground. They are members of the daisy family. they are also called blanket flowers due to their resemblance to native American blankets and their colors. These probably rode the wind from a garden where they had been planted.
This store fascinates me. It is on a side street in Jax Beach and sells all kinds of stone and marble for decoration and use. They have tiles and countertops in all kinds of materials. They are located in a prefab metal building, very useful but not very good looking. So they have put their product on the lower floor of the front of the building. It completely transforms it.
This is the front yard in Jax Beach. A most eclectic collection. Must be a tie to Germany as there are two German signs. The woman who did this was sitting in her chair, watching me. I told her how much I liked the collection and we had a nice talk.
Yesterday we got a visit from the second tropical storm of the season, Beryl. The storm formed due east of us and plodded ashore on Sunday night. Luckily she was never at hurricane strength, but she did do some damage. One of our neighbor's trees shed a huge branch over the fence. Janie went out with some hand tools and got to work. I joined her later and got after some of the heavier branches that she couldn't reach or saw at. We both hauled the waste to the curb. As fate would have it, it was yard waste pick up day and, within two hours, all of it, 5 feet high and 20 feet long, was gone. My neighbor had been away and when he got home he took his chainsaw to the rest and now we have only a bent fence to show that it happened.
There is a small restaurant, TacoLu, in Jax Beach that is far more popular than their parking lot can handle. Adjacent businesses are inundated with overflow cars. This neighbor is handling it very well.
Our daughter Jenn just visited and one night made this wonderful salad to go alongside an orange glazed tempeh dish served over red quinoa. It was delicious. As a confirmed omnivore, I am finding it easier and easier to have meatless meals. I have just bought a book called Vegan Cooking for Carnivores and made my first recipe last night, a white bean and rosemary soup with home made croutons. Very satisfying.
These are in front of a sports bar. From observation I believe that people go to sports bars to watch sporting events on huge TVs, drink maybe one beer too many, root for their team, bet on the games and get a little rowdy. God forbid that you should turn your hat around late in the game. Just the mildest, gentlest hint of racism in some of the exclusions.