Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rookery Island

As the day begins to end, birds start flying in from all over the bay to a single island.  The island is far enough away from other land that predators can't easily swim to it, and there is safety in numbers.

Cormorants occupy the highest perches (on the left), while pelicans take the middle 
and egrets, herons and other birds are sprinkled throughout.  

The kayakers are much too close.  Boats are expected to stay 100 meters away.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Rookery Bay

I was on a sunset cruise in Rookery Bay, a beautiful estuary between Naples and Marco Island.

As the sun began to go down, it was hidden behind a cloud.
There were shafts of light above and below the cloud.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sea Turtle

There is a handsome sea turtle mural on Punta Gorda's main street.  Beside the mural is a poignant plaque.  A young mother who loved sea turtles was diagnosed with breast cancer.  
She passed away a year later, but her spirit moved the community.

Visit Monday Mural to see more murals.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Brown, White and Green Cars

This Delahaye is one of the most beautiful cars I have seen.

This 1935 MG has a storied history in road racing in America.  
It was driven by the father of the museum's founder.

This 1962 Superamerica Coupe Aerodynamica by Pininfarina was Enzo Ferrari's own car, just one of fourteen Coupe Aerodynamicas built.  Each was completely customized, so no two are alike.

A 1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boattail Roadster.  This car won five races in its first two weeks
and went on to win the AAA National Stock Car Championship.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Red Cars

A 1934 touring Alfa Romeo.

The 1930 Model J Phaetons were powerful performance automobiles offered by Duesenberg, and appealed to wealthy buyers who could have the body and interior custom crafted by coachmakers.
This one was customized by LeBaron Carrossiers of New York City.

The 1948 Tipo 166 Spyder Corsa was the first Ferrari to win a major race.
It was brought to America and won several more races before being retired.

This 1929 Sport Model SSK was an exceptionally powerful Mercedes-Benz designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche.  It excelled in hill races.  

Friday, February 16, 2018

Blue Cars

I don't know anything about cars except ignition, steering wheel, accelerator and brake.  
Oh yes, and radio.
But I do know beauty.  So I visited a Naples automobile museum again.

A 1914 Silver Ghost Colonial made by Rolls-Royce was noted for how well-built every part is.

This 1965 Porsche 356C coupe was given to the museum founder when 
he graduated from high school and left for college.

A 1933 Twelve Sport Phaeton Packard was a prestigious touring car favored by
college presidents and business leaders for whom an impressive car was essential.

A 1938 Maserati 8CTF had a disappointing racing career in Europe but won
Indianapolis twice and Pikes Peak twice.  It kept racing into the 1950s.


Thursday, February 15, 2018


I think there is a parable about the two lions who turned their backs on Christ.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Fishing Party


There must have been a school of fish just off Naples Beach.  The pelicans led the fishing party.

And for those who think I should have something Valentine-themed today,
here are some sweets from Norman Love chocolatier.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stop Sign Photographs

I can't be the only person who drives around with a camera on the passenger seat.


 A Punta Gorda bank.

Who tells each bird how far to perch from the next bird?

Yeah.  We get it.  You are important.  But, a little humility wouldn't hurt.

Red, yellow and green.

Tuscan architecture is pretty popular in Southwest Florida.

And, The Fishing Center.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Birthday, Abe

I like to post photographs of President Abraham Lincoln on his birthday, February 12.  This unusual painting of Lincoln by the Spanish artist Salvador Dali is in Dali's museum in Figueres, Spain.
Seen one way, we have Lincoln's face.  Seen another way, we have a nude woman.
Dali was not normal.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Art Deco

South Beach in Miami Beach is home to a great many Art Deco buildings.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Wolfsonian Museum

On Tuesday I took a tour of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach.

The museum is in a converted 1927 warehouse.  The collection was gathered by Mickey Wolfson, a wealthy Miami Beach resident who is captivated by physical objects, machinery and artwork.
An approximate time period of interest is mid-19th century through the 1950s.

Wolfson salvaged a ceiling from a Miami auto dealer and had it refitted into a gallery at the Wolfsonian.  The ceiling and the chandeliers have suggestions of automobile parts. 

This painting is an imagined landscape of all of the high-rise buildings and towers designed by a prominent Miami architectural firm, with Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria in the center.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Birds of Lake Trafford

 I went to Lake Trafford in Immokalee last week.  There were some fine birds.

An osprey.

A double-crested cormorant.

A heron, perhaps a try-colored heron.
(Update:  More likely a little blue heron.)

A black vulture.