Monday, December 30, 2013

me, freestone

me, freestone by freestone
me, freestone, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

me, freestone. finally I have found a way to take a "selfie" of my own face. so here for the records is me, at 72 years old, now.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

my reflection in a window

my reflection in a window by freestone
my reflection in a window, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

my reflection in a window. I found this on my computer, I upload this self "portrait" for me to look at sometimes and for anyone else interested.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

purple Goodness.

purple Goodness. by freestone
purple Goodness., a photo by freestone on Flickr.

purple goodness. a sunrise. yes, rained today, as advertised.
Tallahassee, florida, usa.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

angel in the sky!

angel in the sky! by freestone
angel in the sky!, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

angel in the sky.

I and Jarl were walking next to school playground and sports center and he saw this Angel cloud. he had his camera with him and this is what he took. is his own flikr site.

I rarely put up someone's photo on my own site but this image to me is SO unique that I have done so, here.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

a sunday thunderstorm

a sunday thunderstorm by freestone
a sunday thunderstorm, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

a sunday thunderstorm. this image is *not* enlarged or zoomed! this is how the cloud looks from the parking lot. Florida clouds are often "in your face"!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

at sundown

at sundown by freestone
at sundown, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

thunderclouds at sundown.

the rain season is nearing an end. not so many clouds, now.....

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

sunset beyond Belief!

sunset beyond Belief! by freestone
sunset beyond Belief!, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

sunset beyond Belief!



Yes, a sunset onto a thunderhead. orange fire in the sky, indeed.
this is what it is like to live in a place where there are 120 thunderstorms a year. tallahassee, florida.
Never the same cumulus. Always changing skies. the Florida tropical rainy season.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

a balloon of a cloud

a balloon of a cloud by freestone
a balloon of a cloud, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

a thunderhead that looks as light as a balloon. Getting ready to dump some rain.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Friday, August 09, 2013

the little shower

the little shower by freestone
the little shower, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

the little shower



a small tower of power, a small thundershower.
tallahassee, florida, usa.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

the lighthouse

the lighthouse by freestone
the lighthouse, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

the lighthouse.
Jeannie Porter.
here at Westminster gardens, the senior independent apartments, here in tallahassee, there is an art studio with an art class. Every month, i guess, some of the seniors in this class show their paintings on the downstairs wall.

I like this one. She also did the "Cabin", a bit down in my photostream.

Thursday, August 01, 2013


thunderhead by freestone
thunderhead, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

a thunderhead. there is no "zoom" here. the cloud looks so close and huge. near dusk.

tallahassee, florida, usa

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

strange colors

strange colors by freestone
strange colors, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

a strange color sunset. If I posted up the same color "grand sunset" why it will be so common. there are sunsets that look different. this one even feels "disturbing"!


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

the crowning glory cloud

the crowning glory cloud by freestone
the crowning glory cloud, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

yet another florida thunderstorm. one of many mnay that can be seen, today, from the end of each floor. Tallahassee, florida

Saturday, June 29, 2013

oncoming thunderstorm

oncoming thunderstorm by freestone
oncoming thunderstorm, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

an oncoming thunderstorm. tallahassee, florida, usa.
115 storms a year, I read. the second one today.

Friday, June 21, 2013

rainy season clouds

rainy season clouds by freestone
rainy season clouds, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

here in tallahassee the tropical rain season may have begun. fact juicy clouds. One could just raise up the unfurled umbrella and poke a hole in the bottom of such a cloud and down it comes!
4 to 15 inches a month, from June to September. Or later. A dewpoint to either live or die for.....70 to 80 degrees dewpoint with 100 days a year of 90 or higher for the daily high temperature.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

the old Georgia Cabin

the old Georgia Cabin by freestone
the old Georgia Cabin, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

The Old Georgia Cabin.
My Independant senior living apartments, Westminster Gardens, had today an Art show. there were many pictures on the walls and this one is my favorite.

"HOUSE IN GEORGIA" by Jeannie Porter.

This cabin was her mothers. She might have been born there and lived there. About 40 miles North of Tallahassee.

maybe no running water, probably an outhouse in back. maybe three kids, maybe eight kids. the fireplace was the winter heat and maybe even the cookstove too. At best a wood kitchen stove. pump the water from a well, no matter if raining or cold. up at dawn and to bed at dusk. Some families never named their children until they were one year old as so so many died in that first year.

I wonder, though, was her mother happier than many ladies who live there in this town today?! "Happiness" is an inner thing, a spiritual thing. does not depend upon having a split level ranch home in the North side of Tallahassee!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

the backyard of my senior home

yes, my backyard of the Senior Home I live in.
westminster gardens, apartments for independent living.

a nice evening photo, nothing special except that you can see at least five critters here, birds and squirrels. The dry season, no rain for awhile and 90+ every day.

Sunday, April 21, 2013


pendant by freestone
pendant, a photo by freestone on Flickr.


someone, at the Tallahassee LeMouyne art show, today, gave to me this Pendant, at the end of the show.
[I gave up trying to gets this without a reflection!]

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

so this is why I live in Florida

so this is why I live in Florida

just a quick shot to sort of show what is in my backyard, here in florida. They are having a blizzard now in the midwest. this tropical beauty comes with a cost though! over 90 days a year of 90 degrees!

but here at sundown, still 80 degrees.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I once lived in a shared apt and a new roomer moved in. my friend asked when he was going to look for a job. he replies, "what IS the sweat?! I just sit down and meditate and the jobs come to me"! he goes into room and meditates. a few minutes later, a knock at the door. it was the ice cream shop owner who asks this guy if he wants to work for the store full time!

then this guy tells my friend, "Listen! i tire of people telling me to go out and work up a sweat about such stuff. all you have to do is to sit down and meditate and pray and it all comes to you. why a few years ago, i wanted to move from Ithaca, new york, to Portland, oregon. I sat and meditated. I then  tossed on my backpack and walked to edge of city limits and immdiately a car picked me up and he was driving non-stop to west Oregon!  and...  near my destination this guy tells me that he has to let me out on the corner as he is going up that dirt road but that this road is well traveled and tis only 20 more miles to Portland. ten minutes later an old battered truck with a landscape sign on it stops and he tells me he is going to portland and by the way i run this landscape business and i need a man, *now* to work full time for me"!  insta-job in portland!

"see"....he is SO easy and everyone does not know a thing about how to move or to get a job; my whole life is like this trip out west, it all Comes to me when asked. so *stop* all of your frenzy and just go to your quiet place and meditate and all will come to you"!
A man sat next to me on the bus. he held out his hands as if to ask me for money. I got off the bus and he too, and he caught up with me. "a dollar" he asks. I shake my head no. he then asks if i am going to the bar to drink. then the light changes and i cross the street and he too and he goes off across the parking lot and he stops a car and gets some money. I hear him off in the distance getting more.

I feel his vibe is SO strong in "life is here to support me, completely" that everyone just gives him money. In tropical carribean or Africa, nature is benevolent, life Gives. probably he goes throught life this way.

And...if he "takes charge" and takes money away from people, he will land in jail and of course all of his needs are then taken care of for years! probably "freedom" takes a far far back seat to "I am provided for by everyone around me 24/7"!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

gathering for the Feast

gathering for the Feast by freestone
gathering for the Feast, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

gathering for the Feast

buzzards! There were about four or five of these buzzards flying around in a circle, probably over a warm parking lot. I see four, in the image. there might be more.
Tallahassee, florida. they gather like this in the spring.

probably not to feast on anything, at this time.

Friday, March 01, 2013

skyfire, burning bright

skyfire, burning bright by freestone
skyfire, burning bright, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

skyfire, burning bright

setting sun, fire red orange.
tallahassee florida usa

Thursday, February 28, 2013

yet another sunset

yet another sunset by freestone
yet another sunset, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

yet another sunset

indeed. another sunset. no two are alike. this one has many shades of subtle colors.

tallahassee, florida, usa

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

a sunset

a sunset by freestone
a sunset, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

a sunset

a quick sunset. tallahassee, florida.

I saw this out of my bedroom window and I ran to my camera and took the picture. I really did not want the hotel to be in it but ooooh here in Florida the sunset is *so* quick to vanish, that I have to Run to get an image. I took this image then i nearly ran up five flights of stairs only to see that I was up there too too late!

"up North", mu hometown at latitude 42 degrees, a sunset lasts "forever". Not here. Get It Now, This Instant, or Else Miss It!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

hail on the ground

hail on the ground by freestone
hail on the ground, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

hail on the ground

hail on the ground. tallahassee, florida.

from the storm at the link, below. very very unusual for tallahassee to have hail, but springtime would be the best time to see hail.

an oncoming thunderstorm.

an oncoming thunderstorm. by freestone
an oncoming thunderstorm., a photo by freestone on Flickr.

an oncoming thunderstorm.

an oncoming thunderstorm.

coming from the southwest, off of the Gulf.
tallahassee, florida.

it brought hail!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

just an ordinary subtropical photo

just an ordinary subtropical photo

evening in the early spring semi-tropics. Fall and spring shake hands here, why just yesterday I saw a tree with its last year leaves, having new spring leaves come out.
Tallahassee, florida. Spring begins in febuary and lasts until May.

Taken late in the evening, this is why the light is dim. Got to be Quick, here, to take a photo just near dusk, darkness will arrive within minutes!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

a nice afternoon

a nice afternoon by freestone
a nice afternoon, a photo by freestone on Flickr.

a nice afternoon

a wonderful afternoon here in Tallahassee, florida, usa. about 5 PM and rain had fallen and now the sun is out.
18th of February, here in the semi-tropics.

Spanish Moss and live oak trees along an old street. many visitors here only travel the busy six-lane streets lined with shops and eye-pollution. they do not see these hidden places. Tis only 200 foot from my bedroom.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

some repressions should stay repressions!

today at the eldercare lunch, where I help serve, in my senior home, I talked to the social work leader, of the eldercare lunch. she was lamenting over a certain man who moved here last year. a very depressed "crusty" army officer who is always depressed and not social, a "big ice cube"! she told me that she had long talks with him, over the last couple of months, and that he was thawing a bit and becoming warmer.
suddenly he bought a townhouse and moved out quickly to live alone!
So as i talked with her , i Realized.....realized that it was this talking with her that drove him out!! a thawing block of Ice will reveal all of the contents within!

as certain repressed things began to emerge, he could not deal with them so he moved in order to refreeze the ice cube! This is probably why that ice cube exists, to begin with!
"but he says he is in counseling" she says!
"no"!, I say, probably he is in counseling for only an hour a week or so, what he might really need is a live-in person and both spend 8 hours a day for months and months and months sharing that series of Pains, and the "counselor" had better be able to handle Deep Pain!
in a sense it probably is better just to let him live out his ten more years.
Moral: do not open a sealed box, or help another open their Sealed box, unless you can deal with the Contents of the box and to be able to help that person deal with it too!
maybe there are things that should be Sealed for Life!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

the two Evil Brothers

have you all met the two "Evil Brothers", yet?

yes you have!

first one is, "Cutting back on services".
second brother is, "cheaping everything to death"!

these two are slowly reducing our lives to bite sized candy bars, thin toilet paper, and the like, as well as having no saturday mail soon and little social services.

who would pay $4 a roll for toilet paper?
$10 for a loaf of bread?
$200 for a particle board bookcase?
That *huge* tax increase to keep our social services afloat?

Soon, $80,000 a year will be the Poverty entry line.

many of the Young liberal left embrace socialism and you might see why!
"down with the evil big companies", they say.
they forget, though, that it is GREED that is the enemy!  Greed exists in socialism too.

probably the only solution is to have a society where everyone's greatest happiness is in trying to make all those people around them happier than they are!!
---at least try to put the Customer first.
the Church once called "usery" a sin!   "usery" is in making a profit!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

a painting at my senior residence

a painting at my senior residence

I live at Westminster gardens, tallahassee, florida. a painting at my senior residence. they showed an exhibit of senior's paintings and there is an art studio here. This here lady, who painted this, has done remarkably well, considering she has had a stroke years ago!
[when you see senior's paintings, on display at the Senior Center, say; you should be aware many of these artists cannot see well, or hold the brush steadily anymore.]
---reminds me of that wonderful fig jam that I would buy at the church craft show, for years, each year. One year i noted that the now-elderly jam maker was in a wheel chair and his face spoke of "strokes". I bought a jar, when i returned home and opened it, i saw that he just placed the cooked figs into the jar and then he poured sauce over these whole figs, stems and all.
*that* was all that he could muster!!
*next* year he was not there!