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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Name. That. Cow! in Sebring, Florida

I am drawn to the unfamiliar.  While out for a drive with Eric, we found these unique cattle, with horns that are perpendicular to their heads.

The clock is ticking....  Name. That. Cow!



























This cow is an Ankole-Watusi.

Sadly, I didn't find a new breed of cattle,  Eric and I found this breed east of Palatka. Apparently, the horns do vary quite a bit within the breed.  Ankole-Watusi have huge horns that act as a radiator system to cool their blood on the hot African Savanna.

A picture of a bull with immense horns is all over the internet.  Lurch holds the Guinness World Record for largest measured circumference of its horns....  More than three feet around!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Strolling Around Historic Sebring, Florida






At the center of Historic
Sebring is a Circle Park.







Founded in 1912, the city was named for George E. Sebring.  A tourist from Ohio, he loved the area and bought land here to build his dream city.






A map of Historic Sebring
& the list of annual events







Historic Downtown Sebring was added to the National List of Historic Places in 1990.






Two story buildings ring
the park.











Circle Theater

An empty bank building
 waits for new tenants.










The Centennial Time Capsule, 
buried in 2012, will be 
opened in 2112.






Eric sits at the Morning Glory
bench.

People sit here & whisper
secrets to each other.









The Children's Museum 
of the Highlands
welcomes families.




buys & sells collectibles.

















I admire the Buckeye
Building.











The mural in Sadie Kahn
Memorial Park.








Immigrants Sadie and Mike Kahn found a welcoming community in Sebring.  They bought land and established an Orange Grove.  Sadie continued to run the business after Mike died.  






The painted iron work
accents the tiled seating.










Flea Market is open
Thursday, Friday &
Saturday.









Where Shopping Is
A Pleasure









Sebring is proud of its
racing history.











Sebring preserves its
past as it looks forward
to future challenges.

Friday, January 20, 2017

City Pier Beach in Sebring, Florida






A concrete pier juts
into Lake Sebring.












Eric sits & looks for fish.















The view...  Lake Sebring covers 494 acres.






The Beach


 Weekdays are quiet here.





A playground sits
just up from the
beach.







Pavilions shade
picnic tables.
This is a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

The Cypress Swamp Loop Trail at Highlands Hammock State Park





The Cypress Swamp Trail
is home to towering
Cypress Trees.














Water rises & falls through
the forest.
















around the Cypress &
provide Oxygen to
submerged tree roots.





Elevated walkways allow
hikers to explore this
remote area.












A bench welcomes
visitors.







Sit quietly and listen...  







The view is lovely.





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Walking Highlands Hammock State Park's Shady Trails






Eric & I explore tree lined




This 1,000 year old Live
Oak Tree has new growth
sprouting from its
ancient trunk.










Tree Maintenance Fun Fact: Earlier in the 20th century, tree cavities were filled with concrete and rebar.  Several very old Live Oak Trees at this park have been filled with these substances.  This type of tree repair isn't performed any more.






The projections are rebar.

The cylinder is concrete.




Eric & I walk along an
elevated walkway.

















Eric took these photos







Tree roots project
into the trail.














Ferns fill the forest
undergrowth.











This rotting tree stump
reminds me of an Alien
bursting out of an
astronaut's chest.










Eric & I walk in a jungle
of green & brown.







I think we blend
in well.




This ancient Live Oak
has cement blocks
wedged in its base.







Concrete filler is all
that's left from the
fallen tree trunk.




crosses the path.

They are everywhere!