Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 2014: Sarasota, FL

Last trip of the year, this one to Sarasota in southwest Florida, which happened to coincide nicely with polar-vortex'ed Colorado of which I escaped just in time.

I'm a ten-minute beach person but Lido Beach was still nice.

Florida Sea Grape, which does well with sandy soil and salty air:

A Roseate Spoonbill:

Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles, hosting some type of adult baseball league tournament:

Nice lot of croton plants.  Sometimes you see these as an inside plant in Colorado houses:

The original house of the famous tightroping Wallenda's.  7th generation Nik Wallenda just recently did a untethered, blindfolded walk between two Chicago skyscrapers on a windy night!

Some kayakers on Sarasota Bay, near the Katherine Harris mansion.  If that name doesn't ring a bell, she was the Florida Secretary of State during the controversial vote recount for the 2000 USA presidential election.

An orange tree in a neighborhood yard, probably six weeks away from harvest time.

Myakka River State Park, to the east of Sarasota, is a nice getaway to see the real Florida:

The park has a neat 74 foot tower that you can climb, which provides a view from above the treetops:

 The lizards are big here:

 Sunset from Sarasota Bay:

And from Lido Beach:

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 2014: Santa Clara, California

Another nice trip to Santa Clara, almost all of it spent in the Rivermark area.  Not much to report other than the long awaited and much litigated Northside Branch Library is now open.  Previous mentionings here and here: