A professorial white ibis.
A black-crowned night heron.
And a roseate spoonbill.
I felt like getting out of Naples yesterday, so I drove east an hour to Everglades City, an old Florida town at the edge of the Everglades. It was the base for workers who built the Tamiami Trail (now U.S.Route 41) from Tampa, down to Naples, and then across Florida to Miami.
There was a small celebration going on at the Museum of the Everglades, commemorating the 94th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail and the 24th anniversary of the Museum of the Everglades. Ted lives in Everglades City. He was OK with a photo but not much else.
Paula and Rhonda have been best friends since they were twelve.
Marie is a songwriter and musician. I wanted to hear her perform, but the guy with a guitar who had the mic didn't look like he wanted to surrender it anytime soon.
Judy is a retired teacher who sometimes visits a coffee shop near me. She is from Tennessee and taught English in high schools and community colleges for decades. Judy is one of the women who stopped coloring her hair during the pandemic. Doesn't she look great with gray hair?
But, the whole shopping district is losing the quaint little one-story stand-alone locally owned stores, art galleries and restaurants. They are being replaced with a rather attractive white sameness.
Better? Worse? Progress? I don't know.
White House/Black Market is a women's clothing store that occupies another newer building constructed and owned by the Hoffman family on Fifth Avenue South in Naples.
WHBM is a national chain owned and operated by the Fort Myers-based company that also owns Chico's and Soma. WHBM's website says it sells polished black and white women's clothing with pops of color.
"Things are Looking Up" by Jim Rennert is on the wall of an Olde Naples office building .
The building is owned by the Hoffman family, which has bought or built numerous buildings in Naples.
They are also art collectors who have stationed works by Rennert near their buildings. Rennert was an entrepreneur for more than a decade before turning to sculpture.
His series "Suits" depicts businessmen in a variety of postures.
This is the birthday girl. She took the microphone and announced that she was going to teach the samba to the crowd. I was near the front and I am very tall and conspicuous.
She looked at me. Time to leave!
Maybe some kind of Latin dance. I don't know, but she was having fun.