Thursday, March 23, 2017


This osprey spends a lot of time at the Naples Pier.

Someone has to clean up the bait and fish parts left behind.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happenings at and around the Naples Pier

While on my way and at Naples Pier for the regatta shown yesterday, I saw some other things.

Dads like to toss their kids.  I miss those days.

Wearing American flag clothes sent Abbie Hoffman to jail in the 1970s.  No more.

Cosmo's tattoo shows a woman imprisoned in a skull with gears and a clock above.
It represents a former love trapped in his mind as time marches on.

Give a snowy egret an occasional shrimp and he is your friend forever.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sailing Regatta at Naples Pier

There is a sailing regatta off the Naples Pier every year.
I don't know anything about sailing, so I will let the pictures do the talking.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Murals at Happehatchee

Don't let a wall go undecorated.  Fish swim on the wall of one Happehatchee utility building and
a "Save the Florida Panther" painting decorates a tool shed.

Please visit Monday Mural to see other murals.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Happehatchee was once a girl scout camp.  It is now a place for meditation, yoga, and other spiritual renewal activities.  Or, as the website says, "a place for peace and healing,"  mainly for women

It has a charming home-made feeling.

Julie is the director.  She discovered Happehatchee as a student at
Florida Gulf Coast University and never left.

There are many pathways through a Florida environment that feels wild and untamed,
though Happehatchee is just a stone's toss from one of the busiest state roads.

The Peace Pavilion.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


A family of eagles nests on the North Fort Myers property of Dick Pritchett Real Estate.
For four and a half years, Pritchett has focused a webcam on the eagle nest during breeding season.
Harriet (mother) and M15 (father) mated and produced two eggs this year.  One hatched and produced E9.  Five days ago E9 fell out of its nest, an "accidental fledging."  He survived.
Yesterday I went up there, to see how they are all doing.

One of the parents sat in a dead tree not far from the nest.  
I can't tell the difference between Harriet and M15, but there is a key here.

After a while, the two adult eagles flew off and returned to the nest.  One waited here.

  E9 sat at the top of another dead tree.  After a while, he flew to the nest.

Here is the arrival.

Pritchett Real Estate deserves a lot of credit for maintaining their webcam.  As they say, the best place to see the eagles is back home in front of your computer, but I wanted to see them for myself.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Old Naples Cottages

Wandering around Old Naples, I photographed a few of the "Old Florida" style cottages.
If these cottages are original and not reproductions, they are usually from the 1920s,
 though they have been renovated and expanded extensively.