Thursday, September 28, 2006

old wall textures

old wall textures, originally uploaded by freestone.

old wall textures
textures on an old wall of a palntation smokehouse.

tallahassee, florida usa.

the smokehouse itself is visible here.

this building is probably dating from the 1880s, or before.

Used as a smokehouse to preserve the meat. Often the kitchen itself was also a separate building outside of the main house, becasue of the heat, those loooong summers where the temperature reaches 90 to 95 degrees for up to six months of the year, plus the fire danger, if the kitchen burns, the house is OK!

Uploaded by freestone on 11 Sep '06, 9.20am EDT.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Low live oak limbs

Low live oak limbs, originally uploaded by readerwalker.

from readerwalker's flickr.

Low live oak limbs
Limbs from a big old live oak in downtown Tallahassee.

Uploaded by readerwalker on 19 Sep '06, 2.54pm EDT.

The old oak tree is so spreading that some of its branches tip onto the ground.
A city park downtown, near the library.

sago palm along the street

sago palm along the street, originally uploaded by freestone.

sago palm along the street
One never ever knows what surprieses can be found on just a walk
down a sidewalk!

here is a sago palm, one of the largest diameter leafspans that I ever see. This is a "Female" plant, they are either male or female and that ball in the center is the seed sack

a closeup of this sack is here

A street looking to the North. Talllahassee, florida usa.

Near sunset, the shadows creep across the sidewalk.

As i say, just a walk down a sidewalk in one's own backyard, can produce surprises! This sago palm is about one block from where I live.

Uploaded by freestone on 26 Sep '06, 9.07am EDT.

Monday, September 25, 2006

on a tropic day you can see Forever!

on a tropic day you can see Forever!
5th floor view to the North, the tropical air, directly coming from the Gulf of Mexico, is so clear that "one can see forever"!
Here I can see, from tallahassee, florida, usa, way up into Georgia to see thunderheads many many miles away.

Near dark too, just before sunset, that is why the trees are so dim-colored!

Northern "industrial" city people usually have a summer where the sky is very very hazy most of the time; in the far North, near the canadian border, in the usa, sometimes clear cool air comes down from the north.
But here in the tropic rain season, the air comes from the equator, and passes over the sea, over the Gulf and the carribean.
As clear as those images of sunsets over pacific islands!

hard to tell that there is a city residential neaiborhood under those trees.

---these reasons why i like tallahassee to live in.

Uploaded by freestone on 11 Sep '06, 9.21am EDT.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Brokaw McDougall house, from the side

Brokaw McDougall house, from the side
Brokaw McDougall house. An old plantation house of the Southern style. A side view, on a sunny late summer day.
Now used as the headquarters for the tallahassee city parks department.

Whenever I see this house, as I live a couple of blocks away, the house has long long ago been "swallowed" by the city so that there are only a couple of acres of land left to this house, I am reminded of that book written by a 1880 New York Times reporter who came here to report the capital news [tallahassee is the state capital].
the book, I think, was called TALLAHASSEE LADY; a book about a new york times reporter who came to report the capital news during the 1880s.
In the book, the reporter comes into the city by carrage, from the train station and as he passes by a plantation house *like* this one, he sees a pretty young lady in the yard. he soon gets to know her and falls in love with her. She, however, is Promised to another man in marrage, another plantation owner.
The book, in its writing techniques, Links the beauty of the area of the countryside that is of Tallahassee, with the beauty of this lady. He comes from the cold cloudy Northland where winter rules six months of the year and he arrives here in late january where the flowers are blooming and the trees are green and the sun shines brightly at 70 degrees or higher, even in January.
He learns to play the piano and begins to enjoy the Southern ways of life: his Soul Opens Up. Tallahssee and that lady inspires his soul to grow.

Alas, she gets married and he has to return back to New york, but he understands, anyways, that she could not live in the cold city of new York, even if he were to marry her!
Thus he knows that she must marry this other man, even as she Loves him more than he!

He returns to the north. At night, sometimes, in his dreams, he dreams of scented magnolias under a full moon. Thus When awake he knows that once his soul has Opened, he canappreciate the
beauty around him, even in new york city! He can live like he were still living in this strange and wonderful southern city, at least in his heart, even as he is walking the streets of New York!

Yes, a calm peaceful afternoon, late. The temperature might be 90 degrees, the wind is calm, the sky is summy and bright with calm clouds: just the romantic moment that Anything can happen, of wonder and Soul, a Moment from this Book.
Spanish moss dangles from the limbs, fig trees in the background, the house has rooms open to the public showing what life was like in 1880, for palntation people of the upper class. The smokehouse to the right. There is not a breath of wind, usually there is no wind, tallahassee has to be one of the cities with the lowest winds speeds of any city in the country. thus there is a very "mystical" feeling to scenes like of this, as the "calm-photo" and the reality, are the same, as far as wind is concerned!

This scene will look about the same on a January day too! Maybe 70 to 75 degrees. A bit lower, maybe even higher.

a nice place to visit, or to live. maybe to find one's very own "tallahassee lady", OR "tallahassee man"!


tallahassee, florida usa.

Uploaded by freestone on 11 Sep '06, 9.20am EDT.

Monday, September 18, 2006

the Spider and her Eggs

the Spider and her Eggs, originally uploaded by freestone.

the Spider and her Eggs
a spider with her egg sack. You can dimly see that this spider is on the outside of a window, the parking lot is about three floors below.
The landing lights are on all night long and the bugs must be thick, on the wondows. a bug "all you can eat" cafe! Thus this spider comes to live right there next to the near-infinite food supply!

the actual size of this spider must be about .75 of an inch.

Uploaded by freestone on 18 Sep '06, 9.28am EDT.

the Glory

the Glory, originally uploaded by freestone.

the Glory
a Glorious sunset over Tallahassee, Oh how Wonderfully the rays spread out.

Almost like of a "shout it out", about how wonderful life can be!

Uploaded by freestone on 18 Sep '06, 9.34am EDT.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mr. John Deer tractor!

Mr. John Deer tractor!, originally uploaded by freestone.

Mr. John Deer tractor!
the John Deer tractor has a smilyface!



ready for action, he is, no mere superfical smiles, as he is serious!
can you dig it, HE can!

Uploaded by freestone on 11 Sep '06, 9.20am EDT.

popcorn time

popcorn time, originally uploaded by freestone.

popcorn time
Friday movie night at the senior residence. Here at Georgia Belle
apartments for independant living, there are many things to do.
the 150+ residents can watch a movie on "friday night movie time".
Somone, years ago, donated this theater popcorn maker, and every friday it is wheeled out and popcorn is made. Often people have some with no intention of watching the movie, quite the "social hour"!
Movies are easy to get to watch, these days, with the VCR and tapes/DVDs. Most of the movies are of themes harking back to 1950, or so, but I have been surprised: THE RAIN MAN, and INDIANA JONES.

on can see dimly, behind the popcorn maker, the monthly calander, one can see dimly that there are a lot of activities.

the popcorn is good.

I cannot seem to be able to take pictures of the people. no one wants to have their photo taken and I have to respect this, their
Embarrassment is so profound, that i do not even try to take photos behind their backs!!
----again: there is really a double generation gap, between the 75 year olds and todays 30 year olds: the "standard one", and then there
is the ways of life of the 20s...30s..40s...50s, compared to the 60s onwards!

the older generations of the 40s/50s put everyone else ahead
of their interests and "acceptance" was a way of life and that one should never ever have ones picture taken unless one spent hours and hours preparing to "looking their very very best"!!

their conception of 1930 "proper civilization" , we all might call
"Fascism", where civilization comes before the individual, and that everyone should live second to civilization's collective way of life!
They might call *our* way of life..."too too self-centered"!

So some of this movie nightness, is to somewhat celebrate the 50s.

Uploaded by freestone on 9 Sep '06, 10.25am EDT.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

the streak of light

the streak of light, originally uploaded by freestone.

the streak of light
sunset looking to the west, over tallahassee, florida, usa.

This image shows a very complex pattern of old, dying, thunderstorms. The upper level winds have pulled the tops of the storms off of them and then the setting sun underlights one of them, then the undercloud evaporates leaving only the tops.
Note how there are may such storms here and if you look closely, you can see even more storms yet to die, about at the horizen where the sun has set.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

the spider

the spider, originally uploaded by freestone.

the spider
a bugs eye view of maybe its immediate demise!

---a picture of a sipder taken through a wndow. the lights are on all night long, here at the landing, and surely this windowpane is a bug cafeteria!

Uploaded by freestone on 9 Sep '06, 10.25am EDT.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

a powerful thunderhead

a powerful thunderhead, originally uploaded by freestone.

a powerful thunderhead
a huge thunderstorm far off to the NE.
Sunset, taken from the 5th floor.

tallahassee florida usa.

Ah, the tallahassee rain season. over 80 thunderstorm days per year and this counts only the storms that give rain and does not count the far off to the distance storm days, like of this day!

One can tell, by a closeup look at the yellow-orange cloud, that there is a lot of power to this storm.

Uploaded by freestone on 5 Sep '06, 10.02am EDT.