Thoughts and Prayers and BS

‚ÄúCompanies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these days, saying that all we are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submission when our message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling […]

Spring Blooms in February

It was a splendid day at Guyte P. McCord Park last Saturday. Pretty colors with the fragrance of narcissus and saucer magnolia next to a busy road.

Holy Beech Tree and Trilliums

It’s a particularly good year for trilliums in Tallahassee. In some places the ground is a mixed carpet of trillium and bloodwort. We’ve had better rainfall than the previous year, and I think the City of Tallahassee’s efforts to control invasive non-native plants like coral ardisia is making a difference. This video was created on […]

Snow Wonder!

Some videos and photos from this morning in the Sunshine State’s Capital City. Tallahassee Snow 2018 from Cheapstrat on Vimeo.

Beech Trees

Scenes from an afternoon walk at A.J. Henry Park, which is full of American beech trees. Beech Trees from Cheapstrat on Vimeo.

Spring 2017 at Maclay Gardens

The temperature was in the high eighties yesterday, and Maclay Gardens was beautiful. I took lots of photos and put some of them in this Adobe Spark Page.

Valentine’s Day at McCord Park

Winter and spring are particularly good times to visit Guyte B. McCord Park in Tallahassee. Japanese magnolias, camellias, narcissus, azaleas native and otherwise, and Formosa cherry trees are in bloom. I took lots of photos, some of which are in the video, and took a couple of 360°-view photos with Google Street View. McCord Park […]

After the storm: Maclay Gardens January 24, 2016

Last weekend Tallahassee was hit by a storm system with 70 mph winds that knocked down trees and caused 24,000 households to lose power. Here are two videos from yesterday’s post-storm walk at Maclay Gardens. The version on Vimeo has music that’s one of the default choices for Apple Photos; the one on YouTube has […]


Before the Frost: Maclay Gardens January 5 2017

I don’t like YouTube’s practice of not letting the user view an HD video if YouTube deems the user’s bandwidth insufficient, so I’ve started using Vimeo again. It’s not a big deal if it’s a video of me playing guitar, but nature photography should be shown at HD. I also like the fact that I […]

Birds and Bees and Butterflies

An assortment of iPhone videos taken in Tallahassee and Denver. The music is a looped classical guitar riff with bass, percussion, and three guitar overdubs.

Mound 2

Top of the Mound

A 360 view of the top of the biggest mound at Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park. And here’s the bottom of the mound with Mitch. (The signs say “All pets must be on leash”, but Mitch isn’t a pet; he’s a feral dog that lives with us, adopted from the wilds of Gadsden County.)

Camellias on the ground

Camellia flowers on the ground underneath a camellia tree, given the Waterlogue treatment.

Camellias In The Mist

It was a misty morning at Oven Park today, and I was the only person there; very peaceful. With the absence of frost the camellias are spectacular.


My Google Street Views

I love the Google Street View app for iOS, but I hate the fact that you can’t view these links on iOS in browser or Google Maps. For those on desktop or laptop, here are some Photo Spheres of places I like to walk the dogs. AJ Henry Park Down by the creek on the […]

Pond, iris, Japanese magnolia

April In Maclay Gardens

The azaleas and camellias are past their peak, but there’s still lots to see at Maclay Gardens. The first thing to check out is the Native Plant Arboretum that’s maintained by the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Piedmont azaleas, Florida flame azaleas, Eastern red columbine, white wild indigo, English dogwood, and Florida […]

Brinkley Glen Park

Brinkley Glen Park iPhoto Journal

A few days ago I made my first visit to Brinkley Glen Park. Like A.J. Henry Park, it’s got a steephead ravine. Meginnis Creek runs through the ravine. Elevation is between 150-200 feet above sea level. I took lots of photos and used some for this Brinkley Glen iPhoto Journal. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough […]

Maclay Gardens Web Journal

Web Journal: Maclay Gardens 20.1.2015

Maclay Gardens is one of my favorite lunch spots; not to each lunch (food and drink and pets are prohibited in the gardens), but to walk around for an hour or so while taking hundreds of photos. The photos in this Maclay Gardens 20.1.2015 iPhoto Web Journal were all taken with an iPhone 6, but […]