Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lightner museum

It is fun to explore new museums when in a new area. The Lightner museum in St. Augustine is commonly thought of as a collection of collections. Lightner was a collector of a wide variety of objects and he installed them into a former spectacular historic hotel. The architectural style is emblematic of the St. Augustine central district... exotic and mysterious.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Good morning

The view out my window this morning. Should be another nice day.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


My first visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a nice regional art venue located in the revitalizing downtown of Jacksonville Florida. It is housed in the refurbished art deco Western Union office building and is now part of the University of North Florida.

About a third of the gallery space was being reset for a new exhibits so there was not a lot of art to see, but there were several excellent exhibits including a wonderful body of work by Gideon Mendel titled Drowning World (timed ironically with Florence colliding the Carolinas). His excellent huge photo prints were something amazing to see.

Another piece (which is pictured in the posted photos) was by Claire Ashley, a riot of color and bulbous shape.

All in all, a nice few hours spent, and I plan to return.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Peeling bark

I am not sure what kind of tree this was but it certainly had an unusual bark. I don't think I ever saw a tree like this in Western New York... which is one of the great things about moving to a different location and climate.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mysterious orange and green things

Always interesting to me is the strange things you find on construction sites. Especially when they are colorful.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Moonlit beach dog walker

Pretty noisy image... asking a bit more than the iPhone could deliver and also more than noise reduction could clean-up, but I am posting anyway. We expect more and more performance from our digital cameras, including phones, but there are limits to everything.

And yet the image does convey a certain mood.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Spanish moss

Spanish moss is not moss at all, but rather a bromeliad, whatever that is. It is a fairly common site in the southeast, but certainly not in the northeast where I come from.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pumping concrete

Things have changed since the days of chutes and wheelbarrows.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Waiting for the fireworks

It's been almost a month since my last post. The good news is we survived the move but are far from settled. We are living in a sea of brown cardboard boxes for now but making progress. I finally got my computer back up... now if only I could find my computer glasses so I did not have to tilt my neck north.

We did take some time to see fireworks as is our tradition (I met my wife on a July 4th weekend many years ago). We had a great spot on Jacksonville beach near the pier. Unfortunately the weather changed very quickly and two minutes before show time the sky opened up and the rain and wind ensued. It was a mad dash to the car but by then the rain had slowed so we watched from the comfort of the car (if sitting in drenched clothing is considered comfortable). But the view was not bad and we felt we had taken part in something that was part of our new community.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Last walk on the canal

The process of moving is never easy. In many ways it seems to have taken forever, and in some ways it has come too fast.

Our last PODS is packed and to be picked up in the morning.

But this afternoon I had a chance to take one last walk along the Erie canal. I have posted many photos from the paths of the canal and I will miss it when we are gone, but in consolation, we will be only a few miles from the ocean.

Change can be good.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Turned on

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates, a great shop in Rochester if you get turned on by chocolate.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


It's that time of year when gardens attempt to revert to wild.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Orange mulch

Not sure why anyone would pick bright orange for mulch around trees. I does not look natural to me. How do they achive that color? It especially contrasts with the bright wet spring green grass.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sudden spring

Every year it amazes me how cold wet spring suddenly changes to warm beautiful spring... in just a few days. It seems one day everything looks dead, and the next the lawns are green, the crocus and daffodils are blooming, and the trees are in flower. It really is a miracle.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wait here

I have been to two Nordstrom stores and each had several waiting areas outside of the dressing rooms that were uniquely decorated and furnished with comfortable furniture. An obvious sense of design and point of differentiation.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Go electric?

There is a lot to like about going electric but range anxiety is still a real thing. Great design and good for the environment make it tempting.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Day 5

I agree that April snow in Webster NY is not that unusual, but can we agree that five straight days of snow showers is unexpected? Yes, it has snowed and melted, but only for the flakes to return again and again.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Caution: April snow

It's been a strange day in Western New York... periods of snow and stretches of sunshine. And it's April 5th which makes the snow part the strange part.

So I am thinking it was a good decision to move south, if we can get our act together and get there.

Friday, March 23, 2018


Door without a handle... open to get out, but not to get in.

I may not be posting as regular as usual for the next few months as we are in the process of relocating, moving from our home of over 30 years. It's a big job decluttering after so long, selling a house, buying a new house, managing the move and the paperwork.

So I guess you can say we are moving out... don't need a handle to get back in.