Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Out of the Jurisdiction: Vizcaya III

The gardens are formal.  Originally they incorporated plants like roses that could not hold up to the south Florida climate (and occasional hurricane and flooding visits).  Today
most of the non-native plants are gone.

The ocean side gives visitors an alternative grand entrance to the house.

In his day, Deering's yacht was moored behind the house, next to this stone barge platform.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Out of the Jurisdiction: Vizcaya II

Like many wealthy people in the "Golden Age," James Deering -- the owner of Vizcaya -- was enamored of European style and arts.  His architect incorporated Italian Renaissance styles, and he collected whole rooms in Europe to incorporate into Vizcaya.

Deering welcomed business visitors in his office.

The ceiling is from a European castle.  The chandelier is Venetian.

Deering was an avid sailor.  Images of caravelles are incorporated in the house's decor.

Deering had different craftsmen make each chair, so they are similar but each is different.

The organ has a panel behind it to hide the pipes.

A beautiful ceiling.

And, colored glass panes afford a look into the gardens, which will be visited tomorrow.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Out of the Jurisdiction: Vizcaya I

I was on a recent trip across the state to Miami to visit Vizcaya, the early 20th century mansion of
a member of the family that built International Harvester.  

There are tours of the interior and the gardens.  I did both.  Today is the exterior,
tomorrow is the interior and the gardens are on Tuesday.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A Moorhen

I have long known this bird as a common moorhen, but in googling it for certainty I learned that it is often confused with some similar birds, the coots and the common gallinule.
The bright red shield with a bright yellow tip of the beak put this in the moorhen camp.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day

If it is Valentine's Day, it must be time to visit Norman Love Chocolatier.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Wood Stork

This wood stork let me closer to him than most of his brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Bank of Everglades

The Bank of Everglades was founded in Everglades City in 1923 by Barron Collier,
\the rich entrepreneur who built the Tamiami Trail (U.S. Route 41) and after whom
 Collier County is named.  The Bank of Everglades shut down here after World War II
and the banking business moved to a more populated place.

The structure was badly damaged by Hurricane Donna in 1960.  Since then the building has been a boarding house, a newspaper office and a bed and breakfast.  In recent decades it has been empty often.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Ibises are social birds, moving as a flock.  (Or, more correctly, as a "congregation," a "colony," a "stand" or a "wedge" of ibises.)

This juvenile hung out by himself.  Ibises start life gray like this one and turn white as they mature.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Greek Festival

A three-day Greek festival ended on Sunday on the grounds of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church.
I always like the children doing folk dances.

The folk dancing began with four-, five- and six-year old dancers.
People in the crowd ran up and showered the little dancers with dollar bills.

The next dancers were the teen-agers, mostly girls.
It is a very popular and well-attended event.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Cars on Fifth

The Ferrari Club's annual exhibition of amazing cars took place yesterday.  Naples' main street, Fifth Avenue South, was blocked off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The crowds were huge.
Admission was $20 per person, with the proceeds going to a mental health treatment center.

Many expensive cars beyond Ferraris were displayed.  These are McLarens.

It boggles the mind that someone can spend a couple hundred thousand dollars on a car 
and then give it a horrific paint job.

 Collier County sheriffs were there in support.

The dog didn't seem to mind being carried in a sling, but I thought it was a new level of tackiness.

A family had a clever way of not losing one another in the crowds.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Pink House

A bright pink house in Everglades City caught my attention.