Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
To finish up our (controversial!) home series, I'm presenting a typical backyard landscape. What's unusual is this children's playhouse, next to the caged lanai.
The family enjoys both the golf course and the lake views.
And yes, that's a cormorant in flight...
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Continuing our homes series (please see the previous 2 posts, if you've just arrived).
Also, I promise to address all the issues you raised concerning this subject, on a special post, at the end of the series.
If you are a frequent visitor to this blog (and why wouldn't you be?), you might notice that this particular home does not fit in with the prevailing Mediterranean architectural style of Naples.
Obviously, the owners recreated their beloved, pre-retirement home - most likely from the Eastern part of the country (New England, would be my guess).
Today's challenge: To find as many un-Floridian aspects to this photo as you can! I can assure you that there are no less than five...
I will start you off: 1. grey, rainy skies (yes, we do get them occasionally)
Posted by isa at 03:22
Monday, June 25, 2007
Continuing our homes series (please see yesterday's post if you've just arrived).
This is a typical 2 story executive home. Everything is doubled in size - the square footage, the front entrance, the back cage over the lanai, the palm trees...
And the mortgage payment, no doubt ;-)
Update: For those of you, unfamiliar with a "caged lanai" - it is a back patio, tiled or paved, with a heated pool and a spa (jacuzzi) that is completely screened in. No bugs, no errant leaves, no mess. See some examples here.
Posted by isa at 02:59
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Most communities consist of garden condominiums, coach homes, villas, single-family homes, executive homes, premium estates and luxury high-risers, but I will concentrate on the middle of the road executive homes (price range $1-3 million).
This one is representative of the Naples gated community 1-level style homes. In the rear, it sports a large caged lanai with a pool and a view of a lake...or a golf course...or both ;-)
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
We are still on my private beach - lying belly up, periodically re-applying the suntan oil, making occasional trips to the Pavilion bar...
Amongst the sea (!) of green umbrellas, we notice this lonely blue one, part of a small seating arrangement.
Today's question: what purpose does this isolated spot serve?
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
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Saturday, June 16, 2007
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Friday, June 15, 2007
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
"A wonderful bird is the
His bill (beak) will hold more than his belican (stomach can).
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican. (hell he can)"
~Dixon Lanier Merritt
This is a very funny verse, but I imagine it might be difficult for my foreign visitors. So I've added some words in parenthesis to make it a bit clearer...
Posted by isa at 03:30
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Without exaggerating, there are hundreds of known varieties of palm trees, and, without exaggerating again, you'll find most of them in my own community.
Some are more exotic and more ornamental than others. And you know the saying "Keeping up with the Joneses "? Well, around here, it's more like "My palm is nicer than your palm" ;-).
Today's question: can you name this palm tree?
Posted by isa at 03:15
Monday, June 11, 2007
Our Pro at the Community Tennis Center
The 2007 French Open ended yesterday with an impressive 3rd straight win in Paris for the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, over Roger Federer from Switzerland. Quite an accomplishment for a 21-year old.
I used to be a decent tennis player until I tore my cartilage and had to have knee surgery. Now I baby it to a fault - if you hit the ball to me I'll return it, otherwise don't bother, I won't chase it ;-)
What's your game?
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
From the frequent references to Al in your comments, I surmise that you miss the little tyke...So here he is, only about 5 feet from where I'm standing!
And here are some Alligator Facts:
- The alligator became the official state reptile of Florida in 1987.
- Spanish sailors visiting the New World thought the unfamiliar alligator was a huge lizard. In Spanish, el lagarto means the lizard. English sailors took the name as allagarter and in time it has become alligator.
- Alligators are hunted mostly for their skins, but also they are hunted for meat. Today, there is a multi-million dollar industry in which alligators are raised in captivity for the production of meat and skin.
Anybody for some grilled alligator sausage with horseradish and creole mustard?
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Thursday, June 7, 2007
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Yes, it is Quiz Tuesday, but it is also my 200th post!
No muss, no fuss, no fanfare...but I'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Eric and his brainchild, DP, and thank you all for your many visits and comments on Naples Daily Photo.
Being a part of the DP community allowed me to travel around the globe and meet some wonderfully quirky people! It attracted (very flattering) attention from some magazines and newspapers. It sharpened my vision and awareness of my surroundings and as such, deepened my appreciation for it...And for that I am grateful.
Now, back to our regular programming ;-)
This impressive tableau was featured at the Coconut Point Art Festival, right alongside this one.
Today's question: which city is depicted in this artwork? And for some extra points: why aren't I there?!
Posted by isa at 03:11
Monday, June 4, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I hope this answers your question: is it always sunny in Naples?
This is the start of our rainy and, what's worse, our hurricane season (June to October). This year, the forecasters have said they expect to be busier than normal. The National Weather Service said it expects 13 to 17 tropical storms, with 7 to 10 of them becoming hurricanes and 3 to 5 of them in the strong category...
We are at the city dock of Naples, watching the clouds roll in...So, in the words of Bette Davis - fasten your seat belts . . . it's gonna be a bumpy ride!
Posted by isa at 03:11
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
85 Daily Photo bloggers are participating today in this theme day, so if you want to have a peek at what their bedroom view is like, just click on any of the links below:
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