Cemeteries in Naples are much different from New England. Up there, we have somber gravestones. Down here, the cemeteries seem to have urns with colorful flowers, real and plastic.
This is the Naples Memorial Garden.
And, today I am remembering Mark L. Norton, a fellow City Daily Photo blogger, who passed away suddenly earlier this week. Birdman started his pORTcITYdAILYpHOTO blog on January 1, 2009, and posted one photo per day every day afterward. Birdman regaled his loyal followers with memories of growing up in Portland, Maine, and witty observations about current life.
Birdman wrote lovingly of his art teacher wife, Elenka, and his son, Justin. He was only in his first year of retirement from teaching English for 41-1/2 years. Birdman, you will be missed.
His obituary is here. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Animal Rescue League of Portland, P.O.Box 336, Westbrook ME 04098.
"To make pictures, you have to mingle . . . with presidents, queens, and gangsters . . . with everybody. You can't just be polite. You have to go around sticking your nose into other people's business."
Fit and Fuel Bicycle Cafe is next to (and owned by) Naples Cyclery. The front room has vintage Art Deco bicycle posters on the brick walls, under old bikes. Here, Kelly serves healthy, organic choices including locally-roasted coffee. That is the "fuel." In the back is the room where fitting experts from Naples Cyclery fit riders to bicycles appropriate to their riding needs. That is the "fit."
Savannah is a good place to stay on the first night northbound or the second night southbound.
Ballastone Inn had a nice fall display.
Johnny Mercer was one of Savannah's favorite sons. He was a successful and prolific songwriter ("Moon River"), winner of four Oscars for best song, and a co-founder of Capitol Records.
Susie Chisholm is the sculptor.
The Savannah Cotton Exchange was completed in 1887 when the city ranked first on the Atlantic coast as a cotton port and second in the world. Today the building serves
as the headquarters of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.
The Savannah riverfront is far below the city, accessible by some steep old steps.
And, yesterday was Trellis' (blue) birthday, so Meghan (green) and Christina (ivory) took her
out to dinner at The Pink House, one of Savannah's best known restaurants.
Trellis and Meghan teach art at a Savannah high school. Christina is a dancer.
Lady walking dog: The dog and I both gained weight last winter. We need this long walk.
Silly me: I wear this Fitbit to encourage me to get out and walk. It counts my steps. I aim
for at least 10,000 steps (five miles) a day.
Lady walking dog: That is great. I am running the Hartford Marathon this weekend. It will be my
40th marathon since 2002.
Silly me: Oh.