Welcome to my "Florida" blog

Being a third generation Florida native, I'm completely enamored with the diverse beauty of this gorgeous peninsula. For most of the year the weather is divine which makes exploring its unlimited nooks and crannies fun and easy.

Wherever I go I appreciate nature and the world around me. Come along with me as I share the places I visit and perhaps a few other amusements I find interesting along the way.

(FYI: Every post prior to January 1, 2009 was previously published and imported from my garden blog)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Where Am I? Revealed: A Walk In The Park

Back when it was just hot ... you know temperatures had started creeping into the high seventies/low eighties (during the day mind you-- not at night like this week)... the Jacarandas were so very stunning poking out above the tree tops. I always look forward to seeing their purple bounty once a year in some of the older neighborhoods in the area.

There were other things blooming as well. Trees full of white blossoms lining the streets and parkingn lots. I don't know the name of this blooming tree but if you do I'd love to know too.

I'm remembering back to April before this awful, sweltering heat we have now was upon us. When days were warm but, my goodness, not like this week. I'd take that warm weather in a flash at this point.

Downtown St. Petersburg is home to the Vinoy Resort as well as plenty of shopping and restaurants where outdoor dining is commonplace. It is a bustling area on nice-weather weekends with three city parks hugging the scenic waterfront across the street.

The St. Petersburg Pier featuring the Pier Aquarium is in that location as well.

Mr. Meems had the big idea to head over to Vinoy Park on one of those weekends in April when we weren't committed to other family activities.

It was a pleasant morning with a cool breeze early in the day. Live music performed by a family of musicians was the background sound until we had a seat under the tent to eat some lunch and listen close up.
Mr. Meems had read about the Mainsail Art Festival at Vinoy Park and thought it would be a fun April outing for the two of us.
There are lots of eccentric artsy items at a typical art show. But Mr. Meems knew I'd want to see the paintings and chat it up with the various artists.

This artist painting scenes from Italy is from our own little town.

Isn't it fascinating how this artist uses fiery colors to spark up the visual effects of an ordinary palm tree.
As the sunshine cranked up the heat after lunch my interest for walking around from booth to booth was waning fast. That was just about the time the Kettle Korn vendor was noticed.
Fresh out of the giant kettles came the highlight of my day! A sadly true fact.
A hugely large portion of kettle corn was about to be consumed. Handfuls of goodness.

We found some shade over by the bay, spread out an extra piece of clothing onto the ground and commenced to eat our coveted kettle korn.

The breeze blew and we watched the locals enjoying all kinds of water activities.
Oh, and we ate kettle korn.

So many boats passing by giving us hope the economy is not as bad as it seems at times.
And we ate kettle korn.
Yummy. Hot. Crunchy. Salty. Sweet. Fresh. Kettle. Korn.
Now, where is the next art festival ... where that guy with the funny is cooking?


ChrisC and JonJ said...

So,I'm thinking you like Kettle Corn?

Meems said...

Apparently more than art or music. HA!

Well, only the kind cooked up right out of the kettle... not the kind found in stores.

gigi said...

"a hugely large portion of kettle corn was about to be consumed." would that be like humongus? or ginormous? or magnamous?

those flowers you asked about may be the white version of what i have always called the 'orchid tree'. they are either purple or white and bloom at this time of the year. maybe someone else can properly identify them.

such a charming outing you two had. just extra ordinary fun to step away from the usual routine and get a relaxing perspective of a different place, different people, different view. we have so many fascinating communities surrounding our local area, its really great to venture out and enjoy the day. that is why i always enjoy this blog 'for the love of Florida'! you go, we readers get the benefit of your sightseeing! thank you! now please pass a 'hugely large portion of fresh kettle corn'! mmm!

Carol said...

Nice shot of the Flamingo and the dancing Heron.


Prospero said...

Hi. I'm from Bermuda and we also have Jacaranda trees. Are they great, or what?

I think your flower may be from a Bauhinia tree. Do you remember what the leaves look like?

Meems said...

Yay! After you mentioned Bauhinia I looked up some additional photos I had of the tree to see the leaves and the bean pod hanging from the woody branches. I think you nailed it. Thanks SO much!