Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Two Riders

For the May theme of "Cyclists," I have been looking for bike riders.  

I caught this pair in March, but I don't think the image is the one.  Onward.

Monday, April 29, 2024

A Bike Rider

 The theme for May for City Daily Photo participants is "Cyclists."  I took this recently as a cyclist passed the gates to my community.  Then I recalled that the theme is "cyclists," not "cyclist."  
I kept looking.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

An Osprey Mom and Chick

 It had been about a week since I checked the nest.  I suspected that there was only a single chick this year and I confirmed that suspicion when the little guy popped into view.

I kid that Mom is home schooling the chick, but in reality Mom is loudly calling for her mate to come back to the nest.  He ignored her calls.  He better bring a fish.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

How about some more birds?

 I enjoy looking for birds and other wildlife in my community.  Here is a recent sampler.

For the past month, three black vultures have been hanging out i the same place.  Here is one.

I have seen green herons more often this year than in past years. 

OK.  You can caption this great blue heron.

A great egret was curious about why a white ibis was joining it.

I like capturing them taking off, flying or landing.  Top to bottom:  a roseate spoonbill, tricolored heron, white ibis and white egret.

Friday, April 26, 2024


 Lee County built a new library in Bonita Springs five years ago.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Buffalo Chips Restaurant

 I have driven past Buffalo Chips Restaurant on Old Route 41 in Bonita Springs many times.  The mural on one side of the building is what usually caught my eye.  But, I recently read a very positive review of the food, particularly the chicken wings.  It was time to go inside.

Sally is one of the owners, a niece of the man who founded the restaurant 41 years ago.  He is from Buffalo and is known as the "King of Wings."  Sally showed me around.

Her uncle is a huge sports fan, especially teams from Buffalo, like him.  He attended the Super Bowl many times.  Boxers, football players, baseball players, rock and roll musicians , actors . . . have all visited Buffalo Chips and left photos with autographs praising the chicken wings.

A football jersey signed by retired Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly is a prized possession.  

As is a robe from Muhammad Ali.  "The Greatest."

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1928 Ford Model A


The garage showed a gleaming mint condition 1928 Ford Model A.  It was probably not as beautiful when it left the factory floor.  Nor as expensive.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Cobra Kit Car

 I had an itty bitty car repair that had to be done.  (A brake light.) 

While I was there, I got to admire a pretty cool Cobra kit car sitting on the dealer's floor.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Celebration Park

 Celebration Park is a popular food truck venue southeast of downtown Naples.

There are numerous murals.  (Linked to Monday Mural.)

There might be a dozen food trucks, including seafood, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Greek.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Little Gators

 Our Everglades (airboat) and Big Cypress (swamp buggy) tours were operated by Wooten's,  Wooten's is the successor to tours run by Seminoles in the Everglades.  The Wooten family took them over in 1953.

Wooten's offers guests an opportunity to hold either a two pound or a fifteen pound alligator.  Bands keep the gators' mouths closed.  I would have loved to hold a gator, but my hands were full.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

The Everglades and Big Cypress

 While Susie and her family were here, we went for tours of Everglades National Park and the adjoining Big Cypress National Preserve.

Mangroves are usually found near the coast, but they have been driven further inland by hurricanes.

Historically, the Everglades are fields of grass.

Palm trees can't survive in the water, so they die and become the homes of insects, animals and birds.

Alligators prefer fresh water, but they will also live in the inland brackish water closest to the fresh water sources.

Strangler figs climb up cypress trees.

A red-shouldered hawk kept an eye on the tourists.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Royal Scoop

 No visit to Naples for Susie and her family would be complete without ice cream at Royal Scoop.

Ever since the current first grader was two, Susie has taken the same posed photo, with the little one getting a taste of the older one's ice cream cone.  While Susie posed them, I sneaked my own photo.

And, of course, I also photographed Susie and the girls as Susie took her favorite Royal Scoop photo.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

I spent hours here with the granddaughters.  They liked it so much we came back after lunch.

Architects?  Engineers?

They must have spent an hour climbing up and down, and racing around, this three story banyan tree.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024


 The first grader doesn't want to go to the beach with her parents.  She wants to stay here and use my pool.

This is what they mean by a "first world problem."

Tuesday, April 16, 2024


The arches leading to the fitness center are so pretty I am tempted to start exercising.


Monday, April 15, 2024

Keith Haring

The artist Keith Haring was inspired byAndy Warhol and first met him in 1984.

These four Haring screenprints from 1986 are collectively titled Andy Mouse.  Haring thought Warhol had become iconic in the same way that Mickey Mouse had.  

(Hope you got your tax returns filed by today!)

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Andy Warhol III

 More from Bank of America's works by Andy Warhol at Baker Museum.

Grapes, 1979.  These were done at a time Warhol also designed some wine labels.

Space Fruit:  Still Lives, 1979.  (OK, I forget . . . )

Mount Vesuvius, 1985.  For centuries the volcano Vesuvius has been a symbol of the precarious relationship between man and nature on earth.  Warhol based these prints on a painting from around 1800  by Camillo De Vito, Eruzione del Vesuvio.