Saturday, December 16, 2017


Sandy is a volunteer naturalist at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  She was greeting visitors.
The next guided tour was in 45 minutes, so I went out on my own.
(I like to go at my own pace anyways.)  

On the way back, I ran into Sandy again.

Friday, December 15, 2017



I followed a beautiful great white egret for a while at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary as he moved ever so slowly through the swamp and then along a log.  Occasionally he would spot some food
in the water and dart his head so fast that I never caught him in action.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Nursery logs

Hurricane Irma knocked down a lot of trees at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, including some of the named, hundreds of years old, tall cypress trees.  It isn't all bad.  Most of the trees just toppled where they were.  The ones that landed on boardwalks have been pushed into the swamp, where -- as
"nursery logs" -- they will host insect families, ferns, orchids and other life.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Anhinga Nest

A female anhinga nested in a tree in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

The male was nearby but mostly obstructed from view by twigs and leaves.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Five Dolphins

If Hurricane Irma decapitates your favorite five-stemmed tree, what do you do?

A woman in Bonita Springs called Hector Najera Sola of Naples Mahogany Chainsaw Art
and got five frolicking dolphins.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pet Grooming

On the side of a pet grooming and boarding business in Naples.

Is this a mural?  A sign?  A painting?  I don't know.  You decide.  Monday Mural.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


A lady in red near the McLaren in front of the Inn on Fifth added a bit of interest.

Auriana said her nephew loves fancy cars so she was texting him a photo of the McLaren.

And if you have any idea how I managed to get the sign, planters and background crisp
and in focus but the lighted balls moving, I would love to know.  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Naples Players

A community ensemble of amateur performers puts on plays in Sugden Plaza.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Yuletide Gardens

A young guy in a modest Naples neighborhood REALLY likes Christmas.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Art Show

There was a small art show at the Promenade shopping center in Bonita Springs.

Don Waterhawk and his wife create works with pearls, shells turquoise and silver-finished pewter embellishing glass decanters, champagne flutes and similar items.

 Carolyn Currie is a Connecticut landscape painter whose works emphasize sky, water and birds. 

Dennis W Stuart is a Connecticut artist with a subdued palette.

Jane Vallejo is a Naples artist who paints but also designs and makes 
dresses and other clothes based on her paintings.

AJ and her husband Jack Ferrell are artists who work with ceramic tiles.
Jack makes his own glazes.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Dolly operates an unpretentious (but very good!) restaurant on Bonita Beach Road.
She started ballroom dancing a dozen years ago to have something to do in the evenings.
She has gone on to compete (and win) in numerous national and international competitions.

When paying my bill, I asked Dolly if she had won any championships recently.
"Yes, last month I won a national championship."  She is not much bigger than a
postage stamp, but her warmth and magnetic personality are huge.
Congratulations, Dolly.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


There is something elegant about Florida shorebirds that makes them fascinating.

Monday, December 4, 2017


Seeing only the first photo of today's post, you would think Ricardo is a dour man.  
Admit it.  You did, didn't you?

In reality, Ricardo is a happy man who laughs and smiles a lot.
Note to self:  Get a little more data before making judgments. 

Ricardo meets in Riverside Park on Sundays with his friends to talk about their love of Christ.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


The Shangri-La resort and spa is hidden from Old Route 41 by a high fence and row of trees.
Peeking in, a big white hotel comes into view.  

Built in 1921 and progressing through a series of owners, the hotel and spa 
have been renovated in recent years.

There are the usual spa services along with an organic farm and restaurant.
Shangri-La is also a popular wedding venue.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Holiday Craft Show

I walked around a "Women of Faith" church holiday crafts bazaar and bake sale in Naples.

Mary Lou was standing with some other women, with a never-ending friendly smile on her face.
If I didn't already have two grandmothers, I would have asked her to be mine.

Linda does beach paintings in addition to making Christmas ornaments.  She paints these glass bulbs from the inside.  They have to be turned every 20 minutes so the  paint doesn't pool.

Joanne makes "comfort dolls" from socks.  Her husband keeps her company.

Mary is the teacup lady.

Anne retired two months ago and now spends her time making items like this night light
 from shells.  She is so happy to be retired that she glows.

Friday, December 1, 2017


This is from Connecticut, too, and it makes me happy.

To see other City Daily Photo bloggers' interpretations of the December theme,
"Gift," please click here.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Dancer

Dancing for the joy of moving.

Back in Florida for a couple of weeks, but this is from Connecticut, to make me happy.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Historic South Main Street

South Main Street in South Windsor runs along the Connecticut River, but high enough that it is not affected by seasonal overflow of the floodplain.  There is a mix of lovely old houses, farm land, modest modern houses and falling down relics.  I photograph only the nice houses.
OK, sometimes the wrecks, too, but not today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gingerbread Houses

Wood Memorial Library and Museum in South Windsor, Connecticut, has an annual 
holiday show of gingerbread houses.