Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sandsculpting at Fort Myers Beach I

Back in mid-November, I visited the 30th annual sand sculpture competition in Fort Myers Beach.



 

This last one is called "Dream More While You are Awake."  
An airplane forms as it moves up the ramp.

I will show a second group of sand sculptures tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Governor Rick Scott

When I was at the Old Florida Festival last month, I walked past an ordinary looking guy wearing 
a ball cap and holding the hand of a young child.  It was Florida's governor, Rick Scott.
I asked permission to take a photograph.  He was friendly and cooperative.


Scott is a wealthy former business executive and a conservative Republican.  In general, I try to keep politics out of this blog, though I did veer into political topics a few times during the last election cycle.  Even though I opposed Trump, I'm getting tired of the drumbeat of negative political commentary after the recent election, so I am turning comments off for this post.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Pine Island Sampler

Pine Island is the largest island in Florida, lying just off Cape Coral.  I drove around.





Bokeelia is a charming small town at the far northern end of Pine Island.
Marinas, piers, fishing.


Jeff and his mother operate Crossed Palms Gallery, a very fine art gallery in Bokeelia,
featuring paintings, sculptures, prints, glass and pottery.


Red's time has come and gone.


Jasper's has a pretty good primitive-style mural on the side.
(Linked to Monday Mural.)


Pine Island has a lot of palm-growing plantations.


Once a noisy bikers' bar, these days Grateful Bread and Needful Things
 is kind of a bakery/grocery store.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Matlacha

Half quaint fishing village, half quirky art galleries and gift shops.  Always colorful.






Matlacha connects Cape Coral to Pine Island by means of a few small bridges. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stacey


Stacey's family owns and operates Summerfields, a store on Central Avenue in Naples that offers colorful fine furnishings, accessories and antiques.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mailboxes


Manatees (or "sea cows") are popular in southwest Florida.  This one is in Matlacha.


Someone is ready for Christmas in Olde Naples.


A pelican caught a fish in Port Royal.





And, a fisherman, dolphin and mermaid await the mail in Fort Myers Beach.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Transitions


Whenever I see a small 1960s-era ranch-style house in a good location in Naples, I figure that it has at most five years before someone buys it for a big price solely for the value of the lot.  
Soon a huge new trophy house will sit proudly on the lot.

Transitions is the December theme for City Daily Photo bloggers.