A Surprise at the Pool

I was reading by the pool at my condo today, and got up to adjust my beach chair.  I was surprised to see a fairly large, multicolored caterpillar on the ground nearby. Here are a couple of close-ups: The body is primarily black, with relatively narrow yellow bands and a reddish head.  There is an orange …

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Sarasota’s Murals

The city of Sarasota has a long history of supporting and displaying public art.  The city's web site even has a special page devoted to the subject.  Well-known examples in the area include the "Unconditional Surrender" statue on the Sarasota Bayfront (off Rt. 41), the "Children's Fountain" in Bay Front Park, and the many statues lining …

The Siesta Key Chronicles – A Sunrise in April

Mornings like this are all-too-brief.  I rolled out of bed early, quickly got dressed, and proceeded up the North Dock towards the osprey nest.  My primary objective was to photograph the sunrise, which was going to occur at 6:59 this morning.  I only had my lowly IPhone with me, which was a strategic error.  I should’ve taken the time …

Wild Parrots!

When I started visiting Sarasota, I was surprised to discover that the area has a small, but vocal population of wild Quaker parrots (aka Monk parakeets).  These attractive birds like to build communal nests on man-made structures, such as bridges and telephone poles (often in and among the power lines and transformers).  Their bright green …