Friday, March 24, 2017

Pelicans


Pilings along Naples Beach offer a fine venue for a brown pelican kaffee klatsch.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Osprey


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

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

Eagles

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.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day -- Faces in the Crowd




"Still Living With My Parents."  I LOVED his shirt.
His parents won't think it is as charming when he is 30 and still living with them.










I like taking casual photographs of people, but many who saw my camera posed.  Oh well . . .

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

St. Patrick's Day -- Parade Participants


A man leading the Notre Dame alumni wore pants with a leprechaun puppet in them.


Marchers from a high school band.


A young man had fun throwing beads from a float.


Another bead thrower.


Pipers in a New York City fire department band. 


Marcher with a nice smile.


Several students on the Ave Maria University float had their heads wrapped in this gold stuff.
I don't know what they had in mind.


A singer with one of the bands.  In her Lucky Shirt.


A very red-headed trombone player with the Palmetto Ridge High School marching band.

Monday, March 13, 2017

St. Patrick's Day -- The Parade


I love bagpipes.  Sorry.



And I love Irish dancing.


Saint Pat faced the other way when he passed by me.
Maybe I should have yelled to catch his attention.


The National Park Service was in the parade.  Shhhhhh.  Don't tell the President.



This is a vehicle used in Big Cypress National Preserve.


More bagpipes!


Florida Gulf Coast University is the local state university.  An Eagle is the mascot.





New York City firefighters marched in force.  This float had 343 flags, 
one for each firefighter who died on September 11, 2001.

There were oodles of politicians, high school marching bands, college alumni groups, retired firemen and police and businesses.  I passed up photographing most of those.