Friday, February 19, 2010

Seeing the Beauty of Green


With the light behind it, I was sure how this photo would turn out, but the trees diffused the light very well.  Besides being one of the older homes in Venice FL, the trees are what caught my attention here.  In my opinion trees are essential to making anyplace livable.  I'm sure there are a lot of environmental experts who would agree with me.  
But just from a simply aesthetic viewpoint the trees, flower box's, and other plants make this an absolutely beautiful home, without them I don't think I would care for it much at all.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alley Cats


Getting a good look over by a couple cats wondering why I'm taking their picture.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Burgundy Square

Many times I have been by Burgundy Square on Miami Ave. in Venice Florida but I hadn't noticed it in the morning light from this angle before.  I thought it looked very inviting over the knoll and through the trees. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wall Flower


This medallion is on the wall of the historic Granada Apartments in Venice Florida, I don't know if the lady it may have been modeled after was herself a wall flower or not.  Regardless, as she is on a wall and wearing a flower I could not resist the pun!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

From the Jetty


It's a cooler day here but sunny so I thought it was time for a view from the south jetty.  This is at the far northern end of Venice Island looking south.  There is no beach at this park, but there are great views all around.  This to the south, west to the Gulf of Mexico, north to the north jetty and a much larger park with beaches on Casey Key,  and east into Roberts and Donna Bays with a lot of boats.

Watching the boats go by is a popular past time here as is fishing from the jetty.  There is also a snack shop, restrooms, benches and picnic tables.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Island View


This view of Venice Florida is taken from a balcony on the towers shown in the Feb 3rd photo.  These towers sit on one side of the island with this view to the other side.  It's really not that far across but there is a lot here.  

One example is the Venice Theater  in the bottom left of this photo.  I will be talking much more about the theater on this site.  It is amazing, Venice FL really isn't that large of a community, yet this is the third largest community theater in the United States!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Evening Sun


Recently I was showing a friend around town and got this photo of the evening sun from the pier.  No photo though can replace the beauty of the moment or really show how the sun sparkled off the water. 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Library Garden

My favorite parts of Venice Florida, where I take most of my photos are on the island.  But there are some very nice spots off the island as well.  One of those is the Jacaranda Library.  The whole library is very nice one of things that makes it so is the garden and pond outside.  It is a feature that can be enjoyed from large windows inside as well.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bridge View


Not just a view of a bridge, this is a view from one of our bridges to another.  Sometimes it really pays to walk in areas most people don't.  This is a place where most people drive by and don't really enjoy the view, in a car you miss it because of the bridge railings as well.  But as you can see the view of the Inland Waterway is wonderful from the bridge.  

Actually I wouldn't recommend for most people to make the walk for this view, but I'm glad I did I can share it with you.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Alien Seed Pod


There is this thing in our yard that looks to me like an alien seed pod, I've been around here over six years and had never seen anything like it before.  It's actually from a common plant, so common that it's best known as the cardboard plant.  Technically it's Zamia furfuracea an evergreen plant that grows in Mexico and Southern Florida.  If I understand it though the seed pod is not as common, it appears only when the plant feels threatened so constant trimming and our recent cold snap might have caused that.