Saturday, December 9, 2017

Reds, PVB

Blue chair, PVIC

Janie's dock, PVB

Our dock had started to get rickety. I have had plants on it for 20 years and the wood under the pots had rotted to an unsafe degree. My wife, Janie, decided to redo it. She measured and had the lumber delivered. One day she and a friend from Habitat for Humanity Paul (thank you Paul), where she volunteers twice a week, got it started. For the next week she ripped up old wood, cut and placed new wood and screwed it down tight. This is about the halfway point and it is now finished. The work is superb. I had nothing to do with the build. She didn't even use me for stoop labor (I am quite good at being in the way). So we now have a lovely new dock. I am so proud of her.


Nocatee, 2017

Nocatee is a giant planned community across the Intra Coastal Waterway from where we live. It consists of thousands of acres and numerous planned developments within it's borders. It spans parts of Duval and St. John's counties. It was conceived and started just before the recession of 2007-2008. The land got cleared and the roads and infrastructure built and then the downturn took hold. The developers had planned well enough so that all of the landscaping and roadwork was covered and maintained even in hard times. I used to go drive over there and not see a soul. Empty roads, bold signs and perfect landscaping. As the country recovered, houses started to go up and new communities finished. The pace has continued to pick up and whole swatches of brand new houses appear, seemingly overnight.

This was taken in one of the newest ones. Not one of these houses is much over a year old and all of them are occupied. Every road, tree and lawn is perfect, new and young. No people are out and about and it is very quiet. I attribute it to the fact that many of these families haven't even met their neighbors yet and so, keep to themselves. In a few years there will be signs of wear, new plantings, taller trees and a sense of community. This is sort of like a history museum before the history.

Garlic, Lourmarin, 2015

Esprit Sauvage, Lourmarin, 2015

Lourmarin, 2015

Divided driveways, MSD

Friday, November 17, 2017

Home, Jax Beach

Jax Beach

Neptune Beach

Neptune Beach

Neptune Beach

Crouching tiger, hidden hydrant, Jax Beach

Dock, roscoe

Autumn shadows, Roscoe

Garden, Roscoe

Jax Beach

Jax Beach

Sunday, October 29, 2017

View from our dock.

Our dock on the Intra Coastal Waterway.

A perfect calm morning.

Garden vines, Roscoe


This house has a very small lot, with a possibility of nice neighborhood views. This fence encloses the property and is 6 feet (2 meters) tall. Must be a claustrophobic yard.


The giant, multi-neighborhood development across the Intra Coastal Waterway from us keeps growing bigger. Two years ago this was scrub pine woodland.

Salt shaker, PVIC

Blue chair, PVIC

This chair keeps showing up in different places, disappearing, then reappearing. I'm keeping track of it.

Hose reel, sunrise,PVIC

Blue chair, price

Natural mates, Atlantic Beach

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Near Home Depot, Jacksonville Beach


A stack of chaises.

Ponte Vedra Inn and Club (PVIC), sunrise

Pool rail at sunrise, PVIC

Hummingbird magnet, Roscoe

This will be of interest to people who read TOP with Michael Johnston. About two months ago he had a history of the Pentax 50mm f/1.4 lens. He allowed as how it was commissioned to compete with the best Zeiss lens of the day and succeeded beyond expectations. I found one on eBay for $49.00 and ordered it and an adaptor so I could use it on my micro 4/3 cameras.  It becomes the equivalent of a 100mm lens. It is beautiful. As Mike suggested, it evokes the look of color in those days (I'm thinking the 70s and 80s) and is still more than acceptably sharp. I have devoted an old Olympus E-M5 to holding it. The bush is called a Firecracker shrub. Very invasive.

For surprises here:-))

First autumnal hibiscus.


Hazy day, 80f (26.7C), Holga lens, low sun.

PVIC fence

Selfie, Roscoe

Monstera leaf II, garden, Roscoe

This was taken with my Holga lens. It bends and smears colts in a way I love.

Monstera leaf, Garden, Roscoe


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