Dec 20, 2018

O Tannenbaum

Anhingas on a cypress tree,
all looking south into a stiff wind
on the front end of an approaching front.

And yes, it rained!

Dec 19, 2018

Chunk of "Tabby"

Remember being coaxed into being good as a kid ...

Or else risk not getting something on your list?

This chunk of limestone
is on display at the Palm Cottage

Like a chunk of coal, or a hunk of rock (as shown above).

Well despair no more!  That's no ordinary stone: it's a prized piece of Tamiami Tabby.  The original settlers of Naples didn’t have any cement mills, but with plenty of sand and water and shells they were pretty well set. Mix them together in a broth over the high heat of a buttonwood fire, and then let it dry, and tabby is what you got.

Palm Cottage is the oldest 
house in Naples, Florida

Not as strong as modern cement, but good enough:

They used it to build the Palm Cottage – Naples oldest house – which, just a few blocks from Naples Pier, is still standing.  At least, that's what I read on the sheet of paper above the rock.

Couldn't think of a better gift!

Dec 18, 2018

Through the "Looking Palm"

Who doesn’t love the holidays?

And isn’t it true we all greet them with a different approach?

Can you see the multi-colored lights?

Some people are uncontainably joyful while others look within and close the gate, some people get merrily lost down the secular side streets of distraction while others feel a well spring of spirituality and rejoice, others can’t count down the days fast enough while others are drawn back incessantly (and hopelessly inescapably) into a remembered past, some people double down on their importance while other people try to play it down as just another day, some people surround themselves in song and conversation while others get lost in the silence while staring at the multi-colored strands of twinkling light.

I’m not saying I’m any of those people,

But maybe I’m all those people at once.

Merry holiday season to all!

Dec 16, 2018

Can you see Oasis

That's  Oasis  Visitor Center
in the background, as seen looking
North south of the Trail

Dec 14, 2018

Paradox at Oasis

I've always thought it a bit of a shame ...

That visitors travel so deep into the Big Cypress Swamp:

View of Oasis VC
Looking East

Only to view alligators in a human-dug canal.

Dec 12, 2018

How To: Spot a cold front

No matter how hard I tried,

I struck out looking for the cold front to the north.

Northern cold fronts
are celebrated events
in south Florida

Fortunately the flag helped point it out!

Another view of Oasis

Looking Northeast