From Sea to Shining Sea
Have a safe and happy Independence Day.
Palm Springs is among the most affluent communities in Florida. The homes, both old and new, are reminders that the “gilded age”, the age remembered for the accumulation of great wealth by a small number of individuals, has never entirely vanished.
Where do the wealthy residents–and tourists–shop? Worth Avenue. Shoppers will find retail stores comparable to those on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Do you want something special from Tiffany, Gucci, Giorgio Armani or Hermes? Worth Avenue is the place to be. It is elegant. It is expensive. The architecture itself is a great reason for a visit. Oh, and it oozes old money, and new money, inherited money, earned money, all kinds of money.
Terry and I enjoyed our visit. We walked the avenue and stopped for lunch at Charlie’s Crab. We’ll leave the heavy shopping to others.
Pelicans are among nature’s most unusual birds. They look prehistoric, dinaourish in fact. Graceful in flight, pelicans are cartoonish on the land.
If you want to see pelicans up close and personal, visit Florida. I photographed this handsome specimen at Lake Okeechobee. Half the size of Rhode Island, Okeechobee is the largest fresh water lake in Florida. For reasons unknown to me, tourism is nearly non-existent around the lake. When we visited a nearly abandoned dock there were a dozen or more men and women fishing for supper. The birds and the fishermen occupied the dock in harmony, presumably with the birds anticipating scraps of food. It made it relatively easy to get a few photographs of these wonderful birds.