Sunday, April 30, 2017

Palm River Park

The Palm River Park is an odd little park in the Collier County system.  It runs for half a mile in a lightly landscaped  grass strip beside the Palm River on Immokalee Road in North Naples.

The park has a few benches and a few statues, including this memorial to a 13-year old boy from the neighborhood who was killed while playing at a nearby construction site. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bob and Jamie

Bob often spends time at "my" Starbucks reading a book, with one of his dogs lying at his feet.
This one is Jamie, an 11-year old cairn terrier.  One of Jamie's granddaughters
won third place in its class at this year's Westminster Dog Show.

Friday, April 28, 2017


A pretty nice fountain sits in the main concourse through Miromar Factory Outlets in Estero. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017


While I was at Naples Botanical Garden, I ran across Mike, a volunteer.  
Mike and I worked together for three years in the early 1980s.

We haven't seen each other since then.  34 years!  Mike was surprised that I recognized him after all this time.  We had a good talk before we each had to go back to our tasks.  Small world.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

LaGrippe Orchid Garden - I

The orchid garden at Naples Botanical Garden has about 1,000 different specimens.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Earth Day at Naples Botanical Garden

The deputy director, Chad Washburn, told us what our assignments would be.

Eric is responsible for the natural areas of the botanical garden.

We planted 80-plus Florida slash pines, some of them very small.

About a dozen were taller.  I planted the tall ones.  Others pruned undergrowth.
A third group spread pine straw mulch on the paths.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beach Umbrellas

Three ways to show a row of beach umbrellas on Little Hickory Island.

Got a favorite?

Friday, April 21, 2017

He's a Beggar, But He's Cute

He hung around the boat launch on Little Hickory Island, looking for handouts.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

View From the Top

Friends stayed at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.
We went up to their room to change from swimsuits to clothes for dinner.
Quite a view.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017


Why go to all of that bother scouring a beach for a perfect shell when you can buy one at a store?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

"Happy Birthday, Papa"

It is Wessel's birthday today.  Willa and Lola couldn't wait to celebrate.

Guest iPhone photo by Susie.

Friday, April 14, 2017


Me:      "What kind of beer does Wessel like?"
Susie:   "He says he doesn't have a favorite American beer yet, so just get him some lager-ish beer 
              with interesting pictures on the label."

Mission accomplished.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


A group of young (way younger than I) people hung around Little Hickory Island
with rap music blaring.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Burroughs House

The Burroughs House is a 1901 Georgian Revival house on Fort Myers' First Street.
It hosted local elites in the early 20th century, including the Edisons and the Fords.

After the last descendant of the Burroughs family died in 1978, it was given to
the City of Fort Myers.  Today it is open for tours and special events.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Someone has a sense of humor.  Barely any red at all on this woodpecker's belly.

Sunday, April 9, 2017


On a warm recent afternoon, a half dozen dolphins were leaping beside the Naples Pier.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

An Alligator

An alligator was at the edge of a pond, just off the fairway of the 14th hole.
Fortunately, my ball was reachable without disturbing him.