Monday, March 28, 2011

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park in North Carolina with the Shenandoah National Park 469 miles
away in Virginia.  The parkway was begun in 1935, completed
in 1983 and has a maximum speed limit of 45 mph.  This
picture was taken near Craggy Gardens, about 30 minutes

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rustic Carport

This carport has a natural look with its posts fashioned from tree trunks.
Interestingly, the natural look does not extend to the roof material
although the floor is very natural...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Embracing Trees

These two trees appear to be embracing but further study
shows that the wider trunk is supporting the thinner, gangly one.
These trees are in the front yard of an organization caled Open Arms,
a pregnancy counseling service in Hendersonville, NC.
One could also interpret this as the older matron giving
support to the younger wild woman - much like
the place of the strong mother in Jamaican society.
Or, you could take it in another direction and consider
it  a rendition of Apollo and Daphne in
Metamorphoses by Ovid.....

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wag Pet Boutique

Downtown Hendersonville has many shops for all tastes and needs.
Wag is a very unique store for dogs and other pets in western
North Carolina.

One of the models for Wag showing
the latest fashion for St Patrick's day.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gulfport, Florida

Gulfport is a suburb of St Petersburg, Florida located on Boca Ciega
Bay which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway on the west coast of Florida.
With slightly less than 13, 000 inhabitants ( 12,740 as of 2004 ), it
feels like a small coastal town with a pier, dance hall and a main street
complete with shops, restaurants and bars.  It is also home to
some quaint houses/cottages and numerous community activities.
The sort of town that would appeal to someone who is tired of
"big city" life.  Check it out here

Monday, March 14, 2011

Poui Tree

A poui tree in full bloom in St. Petersburg, Florida; also comes

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bird of Paradise

While growing up in Jamaica I was always captivated by this beautiful
flower although I do NOT see its resemblance to a bird.  This plant
grows in the front yard of my mother in St Petersburg, Florida.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

South Beach Miami

An interesting parking garage in South Beach, Miami.