Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Setting the Pace


This sculpture by Colorado artist Jane DeDecker sits in Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Everglades Wonder Gardens

The Everglades Wonder Gardens is an "Old Florida"-style attraction that has been on life support for a decade or more.  The City of Bonita Springs stepped in two years ago, provided funding 
to rescue it, turned it into a nonprofit and hired a new executive director.


The Wonder Gardens was clobbered by Hurricane Irma.  But, with more help from the City and 200 volunteers, fifty truckloads of fallen trees and debris were removed from the park.  
The park opened again last week.  Today's post is linked to Monday Mural.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Doctors Pass

Damage to roofs and pool cages and uprooted trees, along with the debris piles, are the most visible damage from Hurricane Irma.  But, in many cases the storm redistributed beach sand.  Friends on Sanibel have had their beach doubled in depth, receiving sand lost by Captiva.


Doctors Pass is at a vulnerable location in Naples, where Moorings Bay joins the Gulf of Mexico.  Collier County has approved a $2 million project to rebuild and extend a jetty and replace the 
beach sand that was lost.  The project has already begun and will take four months.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sunset


This is the sunset that led to the afterglow I showed yesterday.
Gulls and pelicans roost on the further pilings.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Afterglow




The pilings on Naples Beach at Third Street South are a good spot to view the afterglow
that follows a sunset.  Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Two Greeters

The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples suffered water damage in Hurricane Irma.  It will be closed all season.  Greeters are posted at the courtyard entrance to steer visitors to the parts of Artis-Naples
that are still open.  I was there for the changing of the guard.


Sally Ann is proudly in her 80s.  Originally from Buffalo, NY, she has 11 children (not a typo).  After the last child left home, Sally Ann went back to college, got her degree and became a teacher.
She lives now in Florida because New York winters are too cold.  Sally Ann is an avid kayaker.


Caroline is a high school senior.  This is her first job.  She plays saxophone in the high school band and likes working here so she can see the concerts for free.  Caroline plans to go
to college next year, maybe the University of Florida.

My laptop is back.  The operating system was re-installed and it has a new battery.  Whew!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Some Recent Pics


While I wait for my laptop to be repaired and returned to me (fingers crossed), here are some recent pics that I was able to get to.


A boy climbing.


Two pre-teens giggling about a selfie.


Yabba Island Grill, a Fifth Avenue South casual restaurant.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Irma Again



When I posted recently that Naples doesn't look as bad as I expected post-Irma, I didn't mean to imply that there are no visible signs of damage.  Scenes like this are everywhere.

My laptop has been with the Apple Store since last Thursday.  Until I get it back, I will be marking time with the photos that I can reach without accessing my laptop . . .

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fifth Avenue South


Fifth Avenue South is the most prominent shopping and restaurant street in Naples.
A building boom is going on.



 Simple, low-rise buildings are being bought and torn down, to be replaced by bigger and fancier buildings.  Rents go up, small stores and restaurants can't afford them and move out.
I do worry about killing the goose that laid the golden eggs . . .

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stop Light




He pulled up next to me at a stop light.  I will never understand.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Bikers for Babies

On Sunday, about 900 motorcycle riders took a half hour ride from a Naples park to Harley Davidson of Ft. Myers.  The event raised money for the March of Dimes, to fund care for sick newborns.


A police honor guard led the procession.


A metallic blue Corvette convertible led the rest.



A big pack in day-glo shirts promoted the safety message "Look Twice." 



There were some characters.



Some grandmothers.






But mainly just some generous and friendly folks out to ride with their buddies, 
check out the other bikes, wave to the crowd, and raise money for a good cause.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Josie

I love coming across someone who enjoys being photographed.


Josie is an event planner, originally from Haiti.  But, until Naples' busy season begins in January,
she is helping out in Alina's art gallery.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Alina Eydel

Alina Eydel's gallery features her large scale, intricate and colorful mixed media images.  Some, like the yellow mosaic self portrait below, incorporate meticulously laid swirls of glass beads.


The bottom work is a kaleidoscopic mosaic crafted from butterfly wings.  Alina gets the wings from 17 farms around the globe.  The electric blue wings come from Blue Morpho butterflies, 
found in Mexican, Central American and South American rain forests.  


These beautiful wings are taken from butterflies that have died naturally.
 In addition to creating unusual and beautiful art, Alina feels she is helping to preserve rain forests
 by helping provide a secondary income source that does not require trees to be harvested.

Monday, November 6, 2017

He Says He Plans


"I Plan 2."  Maybe.  But execution leaves something to be desired.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Kathleen

Kathleen describes herself as an Iowa farm girl who taught school for 130 years.  When she retired, Kathleen and her daughter decided to live somewhere they could wear flip flops year round.


So, they moved to Naples, got a franchise, and opened up a Spice and Tea Exchange store.
Walking past when the door is open, it is pretty hard to resist following the scents inside.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Jens


Jens and his wife Adelheidi own a small gelato shop in Naples.  It just relocated to Park Street from Fifth Avenue North.  They immigrated to the States from Heidelberg, Germany, seven years ago.
In Germany they were business consultants.  He likes this life better.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Noy and Don


Noy works in a skin care salon on Fifth Avenue South.


Noy came to the States from Israel six years ago.  She has been in Naples one year.


Her Yorkshire terrier Don is usually with her.  Don has his own Instagram account.

For other photographs with reflections, visit Weekend Reflections

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween












Some of the people (and dogs) on Fifth Avenue South celebrating Halloween  on Tuesday.