One Word Photo Challenge: Aqua

From Jennifer Nichole Wells:  This week’s One Word Photo Challenge is Aqua!  As with all of the colors we’ve had, aqua is one of those that seems to be able to be widely interpreted. All shades of blue-green will be appropriate for this week’s challenge.

Bok Tower

Bok Tower

Silver Springs

Silver Springs

Union School Ft. Christmas

Union School
Ft. Christmas

Head of "Civitas" Bronze with Patina, 1993 Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College

Head of “Civitas”
Bronze with Patina, 1993
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Water

Lots of water where I live! These photos were all taken with my iPhone5.

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

~Henry David Thoreau

2013-09-27 Lake Apopka_Fotor

2014-04-03 19 LakeApopka_Fotor

2013-10-31 13 SilverSprings_Fotor

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A Lingering Look at Windows – Week #1

I ran across this challenge on Dawn’s The Day After.  Click on the link for her website for information on participating or to check out additional entries.  What I found interesting is that when I went back through my photos taken the last few months, I didn’t realize that I had actually photographed some windows!  How fun!  These three were taken with my iPhone 5 and cleaned up just a bit using the Camera 360 app.  I haven’t gotten out much yet with my new Nikon!

Orlando Temple The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Orlando Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Silver Springs, FL

Silver Springs, FL

Downtown Winter Garden, FL

Downtown Winter Garden, FL

Phoneography Challenge: Nature (in crisis)

It’s Phoneography Challenge Monday for Nature (in crisis)!  I’ve chosen one of the photos I took on our recent visit to Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, FL.

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Even after death, trees abound with other forms of life.  Bacteria are decomposing the plant tissues.  Termites, woodboring beetles and carpenter ants are feeding within.  These are eaten by woodpeckers, lizards, toads and shrews.

The web of life will, in time, reduce this tree to a rich brown area of humus on the forest floor – waiting to be used by other living things.

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Silver Springs State Park, Florida


It had been probably been about 35 years or so since I had visited Silver Springs. I had some really pleasant memories about the place. The scenery, the animals, the glass bottom boats and everything that went with it. So, when we decided to go there a couple of weekends ago, I was really excited and looking forward to it. You know that old adage about how you can never go home again (because things always change and it’s never the way you remember)?  Well, it’s true. I’m afraid I was really disappointed. Don’t get me wrong. The scenery is still pretty. But the animals are gone. Apparently, the company that used to operate the park, sold it to the State of Florida. Unbeknownst to us, the State took over the operation of the park on October 1, 2013. Based on our visit, it’s my guess that the park must have gotten really run down and the State hasn’t had an opportunity to renew it. But I did take lots of photos and decided to share. I’m not trying to discourage anyone from going. I probably would have liked it more if I didn’t have my memory reference from years ago.

We went on a Thursday to avoid the crowds. Well, it certainly worked. The place was practically deserted. I think I saw more park employees than I did attendees. We got there right around lunch time and decided to go ahead and eat in the park. The only shop that was open was one restaurant so we opted for that. We went and bought our tickets for the boat ride. I asked them if they had any brochures and was told they were in the process of being printed. So I asked him if they had any old leftovers and he said they did not keep them. Bummer. So, after buying our tickets we then went back to the restaurant and had lunch. The food was good. And there certainly wasn’t a wait. We were the only four people in the place. I didn’t have to worry about angling my camera around to avoid people because there weren’t any! After lunch, we took a short stroll along one of the paths.


Paths Paths2 Paths3

We then took a ride on one of the glass bottom boats. They were so old and the glass and acrylic was scratched and made it difficult for photos.  Below are some of the pictures I took of critters along the shoreline as the boat passed. There were a few birds, a gator and lots of turtles.

Loading Dock Glass Bottom Boat Birds Birds2 Birds3 Gator Turtles Turtles3 Glass Bottom Boat2

The boat ride was a lot shorter than I remembered. My sister-in-law remembered seeing monkeys in the trees and our guide said they used to also have what they called a jungle cruise. I didn’t remember that but I did remember the animals they no longer had. Our boat was piloted by Captain Roosevelt. Turns out he had been working at Silver Springs for 57 years! Can you imagine that?Capt. Roosevelt

I took a few photos through the glass bottom. One of the things I was looking for was where they had the statues and stuff that was used in the filming of some episodes of Sea Hunt and I Spy. A lot of you probably wouldn’t even remember those old TV shows from the 60’s. When I saw the statues in the 70’s, I’m sure I remembered seeing more of them and you could actually tell what they were and they still had color on them. Oh, well. I’ll let you see if you can pick out the picture with the statues. The picture with the log is cypress. I learned that as long as that cypress log was underwater it would never rot. Wonder if I’ll ever be able to use that knowledge for anything!

Underwater Underwater2 Underwater3 Underwater4 Underwater5 Underwater6

I took a few more pictures of various things in the park. A cabbage palm, a bronze statue of Chief Osceola, and some signs for your reading pleasure!

Cabbage Palm Chief Osceola Steamboats First People Florida's Springs

In spite of my personal disappointment with the park, all in all it was a good day with family. And that’s really all that matters!