Thursday, November 30, 2023

Grand Central Station

 Took the family into Manhattan through Grand Central Station.  What a gorgeous place!

Outside, the marvelous Art Deco Chrysler Building peeked over a modern building to catch a glance of  the Tiffany clock and the Hercules, Minerva and Mercury statues at the top of Grand Central's facade.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Lounsbury House

 Lounsbury House, Ridgefield's community center, was originally built as a home for a former Connecticut governor.  It always looks terrific for the holidays.

Back to Florida.  I'll be in Connecticut again for Christmas.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Fountain

 One of Ridgefield's symbols, the fountain at the intersection of Routes 33 and 35 ,is protected from cold weather and dressed for the holidays.  The Fountain Inn peeks at it from across the street.

The fountain has been damaged numerous times in automobile accidents.  There is a plan to give it extensive repairs and restoration, perhaps this summer.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival


All of Ridgefield seems to gather in front of Town Hall for the annual tree lighting and arrival of Santa.

The littlest ones often end up on dad's shoulders.

High school groups sing Christmas carols while the crowd waits.

At 6:30 the mayor flips a switch and the trees light up.

Before long a fire engine brings Santa and Mrs. Claus, who greet the cheering crowd.

Cold, but worth it.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Bad Luck


Main Street was empty on Black Friday, usually a busy shopping day.

That is tough for the small businesses that line Main Street.

A pipe burst at the south end of the business district and crews spent the day digging up the street and splicing in a replacement.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

She is Forty!

A wonderful daughter, wife and mother, Susie is forty today.

Wonderful as a baby.

Wonderful winning the pie-eating contest at the beach. 

Wonderful in her student days.

Wonderful getting an MBA.

Wonderful as a bride.

Wonderful as a mother.

And wonderful in every way these days.  Love you, Susie.  Happy birthday.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Turkey Trot

 Nothing like running in the annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot with your friend.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!


It seems that many stores and homeowners skip right from Halloween decorations to Christmas, skipping over Thanksgiving.  I found these flowers at a grocery store.  Close enough.


Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Monday, November 20, 2023

A Tuskegee Airman

Charles Bailey was one of five brothers from Punta Gorda who fought in World War II.  He is thought to be the first black Floridian who became a "Tuskegee Airman."  He flew 133 missions over enemy territory in North Africa, France, Germany and Italy.

Charles Bailey received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation and the WWII Victory Medal.  This is a 2023 mural by Keith Goodson on the wall of Baker Central School in Punta Gorda.  Linked to Monday Mural.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

The Wind in the Willows

 I like this entrance to the gift shop at the corner of 8th Street South and Fifth Avenue South in Naples.

Saturday, November 18, 2023


 An alternative image of Mona Lisa created from buttons is in the window of Aldo Castillo Gallery on Fifth Avenue South in Naples.  (I didn't get the name of the artist.)

Friday, November 17, 2023

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Wednesday, November 15, 2023



On Saturday there was a small outdoor art show in Cambier Park. 

Rolf shows up at many of these events with his parrots.  He is looking at Romeo, who is 36 years old.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Gordon River

This waterway leads from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to Naples Bay.  

Many of the homes along the way have boat slips.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Clyde Butcher

 Clyde Butcher is an 81 year old landscape photographer who has specialized in large scale black-and-white images from the Everglades since the 1990s.  

Arts Bonita is currently exhibiting Butcher photographs in both of its venues.

Clyde Butcher has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine.

Saturday, November 11, 2023


I live in a Naples community with lots of wildlife.  Each morning I post photographs of wildlife (usually birds) on a Facebook private group page for members of our community.  Sometimes I get a bit pedantic, but I have learned that many residents don't know what they are seeing.  Here is today's post.  

"Another heron lesson.  In front, an adult little blue heron with its overall blue-gray body, yellow eyes and dull grayish bill and legs.  Behind is an adult tricolored heron with the same blue-gray body coloration except for a white belly and a white stripe up its neck, orange eyes and yellow legs and bill."

Friday, November 10, 2023

Naples Pier

The iconic Naples Pier is still unusable 13 months after Hurricane Ian.  The City Council has reviewed several plans -- all of them very expensive -- and is close to selecting one.  One wrinkle is that Federal Emergency Management Agency will not permit offshore concessions like food stands.

To compare, this is Naples Pier in March 2017.

Now, pelicans and other birds are thrilled to be using the end of the pier to launch fishing expeditions.

In March 2017, the occupants were humans.

Thursday, November 9, 2023


 Pickleball is huge in Naples.  Many courts at Fleischman Park, all of them full.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Elena Adele Dmitrenko

 Elena Adele Dmitrenko is a Ukrainian artist who sold paintings throughout Europe before the military conflict in her home country. She recently relocated to Naples.  Elena works in many different styles.  She exhibited at a small outdoor art show last weekend.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Bronze 73


Leaving Baker Museum, I noticed this 2005 sculpture by Dutch sculptor Hanneke Beaumont stationed against the wall.  I saw a Beaumont exhibition with the same or at least a similar sculpture at Baker back in 2013.  Still like it.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Tamara Kostianovsky

 Tamara Kostianovsky was born in Israel and grew up in Buenos Aires.  She began using her discarded clothes as artistic material shortly after immigrating to the United States.  Now using discarded textiles from clothing, furniture, and linens, she creates imagined and remembered worlds.

In preparation for her current show at the Baker Museum at Artis Naples, Kostianovsky visited the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  During her time here, she was particularly struck by the intense blue sky and the abundant bird and plant life she encountered during her explorations of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples Botanical Garden and the Everglades.