Thursday, July 30, 2009
Seeing news of the heat wave in Oregon really made me think of this with fountains like this in Portland full of people on the national news. Here is a link to a photo of it from Portland (OR) Daily Photos. There people of all ages are cooling of in the fountain. It's really odd to see FL twenty or so degrees cooler then Oregon in the Summer!!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Casperson Beach at the south end of Venice Island is the best such beach that I have seen in Florida. It's about the only beach I've seen here with rocks on the beach, which invites a bit more verity of sea life, this beach is also great for finding shells and fossilized sharks teeth.
Plus rather than being backed by condos, this beach is backed by a nature preserve which helps give the beach a very back to nature feel as well as miles of trails to explore. I've written more about this beach here at Venice Florida Paradise, there are a few more photo's there too.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Actually Christmas in Florida is a lot like Christmas in July would be up north, it's sunny, warm, even hot, yet there are all these Christmas decorations including snow men around. And people do go a bit nuts for Christmas around here. They don't have to deal with the cold and snow, so I think more people decorate more for the holidays here than they do up north.
If you think this looks like a boat you'd be right. It was taken at the annual Christmas boat parade where people go nuts decorating their boats too!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I also know that area resident have fought to save this bridge. I'm not sure if that's so much because of it's uniqueness or because a single lane bridge cuts down the amount of traffic going by their mansions on the key. Frankly I don't care why, I'm glad the bridge is there and hope it always will be.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Parks like this are part of why I like Venice so much. It was clearly designed for walking around, enjoying and interacting with the environment, not for just driving from one place to another.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
There are some nice buildings here but this photo reminds me of something I realized in another place I was living years ago.
Of many apartment complexes in the town there were two in particular that stood out for me. One for being ugly, the other beautiful. One day as I had driven by both I was stunned to realize that the architecture of both was EXACTLY THE SAME! The difference was the landscaping and trees.
Nature is so important.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Shamrock Park and Nature Center offers more than 80 acres of natural area land providing opportunities for nature study, educational hikes, environmental programs as well as facilities for active recreation. Guided bird hikes, butterfly garden tours, and nature hikes are offered throughout the year. The park serves as the trail head access for the south east portion of the 10.2 mile Venetian Waterway Trail. There are many other trails here as well.
I really like the Florida Cracker style of this building. Deep overhangs, metal roof, copulas that let the sun in and heat out. The building is also a few feet off the ground further promoting natural ventilation. Very appropriate for a nature center in this climate, more building here should be built in this style.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The rooms have beautiful wood ceilings and kitchenettes. Unfortunately, it's also very hard to get one of those rooms. There are only nine of them and they are very well booked up from repeat business of people who really love the place. The place has such a great feel to it, that it's very easy to see way it's so hard to get a room there.
If you're feeling lucky though you can contact the Kon-Tiki at 941-485-9696
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
In November 1960 over 5000 people welcomed the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus to their their new winter home in Venice at the train station. This winter arrival and departure continued to draw large crowds every year until the circus left town in 1992 when the train tracks were no longer usable.
With the increase of freeway use and the decline in rail travel passenger trains quit running to the station in 1971. After that the station fell into disrepair for a couple decades.
Sarasota County purchased the property from the railroad company that owned it and restored it to its original condition. The newly renovated station opened in January 2005. It is now used as a terminal for the county mass transit system. Tours are available on Saturdays.
The station sits beside the inland waterway across from Venice Island providing very nice views of the island and waterway.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
These good folks are waiting for their barrels to be outfitted with intake, overflow, and spigots.
Conserving water in this way also helps reduce toxic runoff from pesticides, fertilizers, etc. into ponds, streams, lakes, bays, and the gulf. Conserving water in this way is also helpful in inspiring people to conserve water around the home in other ways as well.
If you have interest in getting a rain barrel I suggest contacting the Southwest Florida Water Management District or the Sarasota Extension Service.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Well at that moment (or real close to it) Paul W. DeClark was about to tell this group what I was doing. Fortunately I got a more candid shot in, before everyone started looking at me!
This group is the Venice Open Network, which is an opportunity for local businesspeople to establish working relationships, promote their businesses and support each other in a casual environment. It's also a good place for a bit of fun and laughter.
It is open to anyone in the area with a business to promote, it is not a membership group with a lot of free advantages for participants. As they say, If we did any less for you, we'd have to charge you more. Paul is the founder of the group and you can find out more at Venice Open Network.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
It was a great evening on the beach last night with fireworks and festivities for the 4th of July. The Red, White, and Blue was out in all it’s glory from kites, hats, shirts, swimsuits, balloons, flags, and even belly dancing outfits.
On Nokomis beach there is often a sunset drum circle last night they continued playing all the way through the fireworks adding a lot to the great atmosphere.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Even though it's a touch off kilter I like the composition with the two dark quadrants juxtaposed by the light quadrants with the beach and gulf beyond. But when it came to posting it yesterday, well the stairwell wasn't the only thing that was empty!
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In the early 1920’s Dr. Albee purchased almost 3000 acres of land where Venice is now with a dream to build a model city.
He envisioned agriculture, industry, commerce, housing and recreation coexisting harmoniously and hired celebrated city designer John Nolan to create just such a plan. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers purchased the land in 1925 and proceeded with implementing the plan.
Today local residents can be very grateful for the early vision of Dr. Albee and others as Venice is a beautiful jewel amidst a land of poorly planned suburban sprawl.