From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

California

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Florida

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Massachusetts

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Have a safe and happy Independence Day.

 

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Nature’s Wall Art

I love graffiti.  But nature has her own art.  It’s superior to anything that human beings can create.  Well, at least for now. This clematis covered most of the stone wall behind it.

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Worth Avenue, Palm Beach

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.

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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.

Morning Sky

Is there anything more beautiful in nature than the morning sky?  Here are two views of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, in Palm Beach, Florida.  Each one is more glorious than the other.

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For The Birds

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.  DSC_0153

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Some signs just have to be enjoyed and remembered:

Hilton Head Nature Center

Siesta Key, Florida

Il Centro, Kansas City, Missouri

Sonoma County, California

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“Signs, Signs” by Les Emmerson, was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in August 1971.