Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shopping at Sears

"That will be $150.00, please," said the clerk.

"What, that's on sale for $100.00!" said the woman customer.

The clerk responded, "Oh, no, that was yesterday.  Today it's $150.00."

"That's not fair!" said the male customer, angrily.

"True.  But we don't care and it really doesn't matter, your credit card has been rejected," responded the clerk.

"Well, we'll just take our business elsewhere," said the customers in unison.

"Oh goody," said the clerk, "I can go on break now."

(Please note that this mini story is fiction and bears no resemblance to any Sears clerk or Sears customers, especially those persons pictured above.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Napping Teddy Bear

The store is called Blocker's Furniture.  It's fairly upscale as reflected in their prices.  While browsing one day, this chair piqued my interest.  I asked to see it in its normal configuration.

Well, that didn't sit well with the people running the show.  They said, in no uncertain terms, that teddy bears needed their cat naps just like anybody else and I could come back when he woke up.

Now, I may not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier but I knew this was one teddy that was not waking up anytime soon.  So, I pulled myself together, choked back my tears, and said "I'm going to look for a chair elsewhere, a chair without a bear!"

And that was that.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hit the Road, Mack!

We call this the headless truck. I'm not sure what it's all about but it belongs to an electrical contractor.

Whatever, it's certainly funny looking for a Mack!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cleo Supervising Our Movers

Cat as you may know, like to be in the middle of things, and they want to know what's going on. Some, like our Cleopatra, need to have some say as to how things are done. In order to supervise effectively, she realized she needed a vantage point from which to determine how to proceed. I must say she did quite well, as the movers never shirked their duties.

Friday, September 15, 2017

En Garde!

This fine-feathered friend is standing guard over a nest which is located in a bush just to his left. I think he sensed danger, but I'm not sure from what source. After a bit he flew away so the danger probably passed and he felt his nest was safe again - for awhile.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wishing Well

This beautiful wishing well is located on a small farm in Ocala. We often ride our bikes up the street where it is located and it finally dawned on me that this is probably the source of the phrase, "We wish you well." I don't know why anyone would wish me a well, though.

(I'll quit now, as, well, I think my sense of humor has hit the bottom!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Horse Farm Territory

The Trilogy resort abuts a large and beautiful horse farm.  At one time, of course, all of the land in this area consisted of horse farms.  But time marches on to the beat of what some would call "progress" and many of our horse farms are disappearing.  

Our home is on a cul-de-sac and the first shot is what you see from the window in my office or den.  The horses don't always show up, but they are there often enough to bring pleasure to those who live on this street.

The 2nd shot consists of a shady lane which the horses can take advantage of on certain days and certain occasions.

Lastly, is a photo of some of the beautiful equines that grace this property.  This was taken after Hurricane Irma came through.  Evidently, the horses weren't adversely affected.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Upscale Torn & Ragged Clothing

It is probably best that I do not comment on the above but leave the comments to my insightful, incisive and extremely intelligent readers.

But I will say that you can pay good money for these items in upscale stores right here in Ocala.

Is this a great country or what?

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's a Party!

People place balloons in places like this to indicate that a party is to be held at this location and also to help people who are directionally challenged and can't find an address even with GPS.

But most of that is irrelevant.

The question is:  What kind of party do these balloons suggest? 

a) A bridal shower
b) A Bar Mitzvah
c) A birthday party
d) A First Communion
e) A baby shower
f) A rain shower
g) All of the above

The persons who choose correctly will receive bragging rights.  Aw, c'mon, what did you expect, a candy bar?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Ups and Downs

This is one of those favorite photos that pop unexpectedly out of the camera.  I think the reason I like it so much has to do with its lines and angles.  It has what I'd call a sort of geometric eccentricity.

It was taken at the Oaks Mall in Gainesville, Florida.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Waiting for Irma

Saturday morning.  Trilogy Ocala Preserve.  The workmen have left.  The silence is deafening!  We're waiting for Irma.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Move to Trilogy

I'm back and am excited to once again share photos with my friends in the CDP community!  It's been a hectic and difficult couple of months, but we're now settled in and I'm hoping to find the time to post on a regular basis.  

As some of my readers know, Lois Anne and I have moved from a relatively large house to a much smaller house located in the resort community known as Trilogy.

Trilogy operates a number of 55+ resort communities here in Florida and in other states as well.  The first time we visited Ocala's Trilogy was about a year and a half ago and it was just getting started and we were not allowed inside the gate and left unimpressed.

Time, they say, changes things.   We went back a couple of months ago and were quite taken with the entire community.  We'd been thinking of downsizing for some time and after looking things over we decided this was the place to do it. So, we sold our house and bought another smaller house in Trilogy.

The first and last photos show the iconic Trilogy tower.  I've been told there's nothing in it but some steps which lead to the top.  I've yet to discover if it has any other meaning than that of representing Ocala's Trilogy resort.

The 2nd show shows Reflection Lake in which you can kayak, canoe, and fish. The building you see is where you obtain the vessels to traverse the lake.  The 3rd shot shows what's called the Oak House.  It contains a restaurant/bar, a concierge to assist you, a golf pro shop with pool tables, a workout gym, a spa, wine lockers, and the Trilogy mail delivery room.  

The Oak House also has a massive "common" room where you can come and relax, read, converse with friends, etc.  That's what you see in the 4th shot.

As time goes by, we'll show other photos of the community and its amenities - including the unique and fun golf course.

Now, all of the above depends upon us not getting blown away by Hurricane Irma! We doubtless will get some strong winds and rain but we're on high ground, about 75 miles between the coasts and far enough north that we tend to hang our hat on the hope Irma's force will dissipate substantially by the time it gets to us.

Monday, July 24, 2017

'Round & 'round we go...

We have not disappeared from the face of the earth.  But we have been very busy. After entertaining family, we somehow bought a new house and sold our old one and have been going 'round and 'round what with contracts and home inspections, and appraisals, etc.

And we aren't done yet.  I'm hoping to be back posting and commenting on a regular basis in another month or so.

I do miss my blogger friends!  Best wishes to all of you!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Cleo While Napping

My kitty, Cleopatra, loves her Golden Retriever buddy.  So when she takes a nap, she crawls underneath the dog's leg for security.  She's very relaxed as you can tell, and perhaps you can see the tip of her ear on the other side of the dog's leg.

I want to thank you all for your patience with my "new blog" fiasco.  I'm still not sure what happened, but it has been deleted.

Now, I'll ask for more patience in that we have family coming to visit and I will be off-line for a week or more.  (Unless, of course, I can sneak away and sneak on the computer!).

To my USA friends, I wish a Happy Fourth of July.  To all, I wish my very best!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Golf Tournament Time at Stone Creek

Practice is needed for every golf tournament!

Gentlemen, start your engines!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Square in Downtown Spanish Springs - The Villages, Florida

Geese - Noisy Rascals

For several days my internet connection has gone crazy and there was nothing I could do about it.

At the moment I am still unable to access my new blog at LowellsPhotos.com.

Therefore, I'm going to ignore my new blog and will continue posting on this blog.

I'm posting a photo of two geese today because they remind me of my internet provider, CenturyLink:  a lot of running in circles making loud honking noises, but getting nowhere!

Thanks for your comments and your concerns.  I'm hoping the issues have been taken care of and there will be no further problems.

Friday, June 9, 2017

We Have Moved!

After eight years with CDP, we have decided to make a move.  We have created a new blog dedicated to creative photography, rather than a place.

The name of this new blog is simply "Lowell's Photos."

The URL is:  http://www.lowellsphotos.com.  Just click HERE.

We hope you will visit out new blog because our blogging relationships continue to be a source of great joy to us.

See you at Lowell's Photos.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mother Oak Tree

Mother Oak tree with Triqui paint action.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Seventh-Day Adventist Church

As I'm typing this, the 7th day of this week is winding down so I thought it appropriate I post a picture of a 7th Day Adventist Church. I'm not going to going to go into the theology of this particular denomination other than to say it is a Christian sect, begun by a woman in the 19th century. One of the major features of their belief system is that God wants his people to rest and worship on the 7th day, which is Saturday.

As it happens, one of my golfing buddies is a retired pastor of the 7th Day Adventist denomination. He's also a great guy and we have a lot of fun together even though neither of us is a particularly good golfer.  Okay, to be honest, he's a little bit better than I am.   :)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Stone Creek Entrance

Stone Creek is a Del Webb 55+ community in southwest Ocala.

We've posted many pictures of the entrance to the Stone Creek community down through the years, but this is a little different look at it from a different angle. 

The photo was taken on the 18th green of the Stone Creek Golf Course.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Ducks in a row...

Here is living proof that I'm not disorganized. I have all my ducks in a row!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bored Horses in Ocala

You've got to admit, I'm really cute in my new face mask!

Not nearly as cute as I am!  My face mask has a green border!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Preparing the Earth

Stone Creek, a Dell Webb 55+ community in southwest Ocala is growing by leaps and bounds. As I recall, it now consists of about 1600 homes and the community will cap out at about 3600 homes.

Before homes can be constructed, however, there's a great deal of ground work to be done ("ground work" - get it?)

Anyway, they're digging, they're laying pipe, they're rearranging the dirt, and they're working hard because Stone Creek is selling homes about as fast as they can be built.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy Hour

These people are lined up to buy alcoholic beverages during Happy Hour in The Villages. Each of The Villages town squares has two bars and happy hour runs from 5 to 7 pm. Generally that means you can get drinks two for one. Then you can sit and relax while listening to the live music or you can get up and dance. Those people that made the most use of happy hour are the ones having the most fun dancing! :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens

Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens is a project of Dr. Ray Webber.  We were told that when he retired, he bought a piece of property near Williston, Florida, which contained an old limestone quarry.  Initially, he built a house and thought of the quarry as his back yard - a fishing hole, a place to relax.  But as you can see what started out as a relatively modest project became something else altogether.

We had never heard of it before partly because Dr. Webber opened it to the public just three years ago.  But my interest was piqued when I read a magazine article which featured the place.

Unfortunately, we are in dry spell and the water levels are low as you can see by the marks on the limestone walls.  In fact it's been as dry as the mouth of a cowboy who spent all day on the trail and all night on the town.  (I just made that up and liked it.  I apologize if I've offended any cowboys or cowgirls).

I think we'll visit Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens again in the future after we've had some rain and the water levels have risen to their normal height.

If you're interested in seeing more of this beautiful place, please check out our slide show on L & L Photography which contains a total of 60 plus pictures.

You can access the Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens website HERE.
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson