For Throwback Thursday, I’m revisiting (re-posting) some pictures from a trip that The Big Guy and I took to St. Augustine Beach in 2008.
The Big Guy insisted on taking my picture.
The Big Guy. Isn’t he cute? Love you Babe.
The black dots are surfers.
They were about the only ones in the water today.
Built between 1672-1695, the Castillo de San Marcos is still an imposing structure. It was built by the Spanish to protect the town of San Augustine. It was constructed from coquina and built in a star shape. Despite numerous assaults and the town changing hands the fortress was never conquered. One purpose of the fort was to provide a place of refuge and shelter during enemy assaults for towns people. During one attack by the British each day the Castillo was bombard by cannons from ships. Each night the Spanish troops would remove cannon balls from the fortress walls. Each morning the fortress showed no visible damage.
As Christians, we have a fortress that is stronger and safer than the tick walls of the Old Spanish fort. God wants to be our refuge when bombard by the enemies attack. Of course, God’s desire is to have fellowship with us in the times of joy and celebration as well.
This is the best picture I had of the Castillo de San Marcos
1 I love you, LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me
6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears
Psalms 18:1-6 NIV
Several years ago I made a multi-dimensional painting of an owl on glass for a friend. The Big Guy has been asking me to make one for him. This past week I finally got it painted. The Big Guy wanted me to paint the light house in St. Augustine, Fl.
The painting is on 2 layers of glass. The backside of the bottom piece of glass has the sky & basic form of the light. The top side of the bottom glass has black stripes and some light details. The bottom side of the middle glass has the trees. The top side of the middle glass has the details for the trees and top outlines for the light.
Painted on 2 layers of glass. Each layer has a different element of the painting.
The Big Guy and I are from Texas but currently live in Florida. Today I thought I would show the contrast between my two worlds.
The world where I grew up is quite different from where I live now. I now live in a world where things are green year round. Trees are very tall and everywhere.
It is considered a drought if the rainfall is down thirty inches. During the spring and summer it rains most afternoons in Florida. It is rarely windy unless there is a storm. Sixty degrees is considered a cold winter day and that is a without a wind chill factor. In five years we haven’t had a summer day reach 100 degrees.
St. Augustine Beach
In Florida it seems that water is everywhere with the Atlantic on the east, the Gulf on the west and lakes everywhere.
Central Texas in the spring time.
What contrast from where I grew up. Things are green in the spring and then they turn brown.
Much of Texas just doesn’t have many trees and those aren’t very big.Thirty inches of rain would be a good year. Water is often a very precious and scarce commodity.
Wind turbines in west Texas.
It isn’t windy until the trees touch the ground. The year we moved to our new world by mid June we had already had 30 days over 100 degrees.
Be sure to visit the That’s My World! blog.
The original St. Augustine Lighthouse was a converted Spanish tower. A brick tower was built in 1824. The current lighthouse was completed in 1874 and remained in operation through at least the 1980s. I cannot remember the when it was decommissioned and could not find the date on line
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Wrench used to fix maintain the lighthouse.
View from the top.
I know this isn't Sky Watch Friday but check out those cool clouds.
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Warning today’s post has a lot of pictures.
Well, Friday was the final day of the Kat & Chief’s trip. After we checked out we headed to St. Augustine for a few hours before going to the airport. This was Kat’s 2nd trip to Florida so she had already seen the Historic District. Chief hadn’t actually been in the historic district. We didn’t have time for a tour but The Big Guy being the historian makes a pretty good historian. Our first stop was in the Visitor’s center. I wanted to get a picture of Chief by the ship inside the visitor’s center. I had taken one of Kat on her earlier trip.
The Big Guy walked up during the first attempt at this picture.
Notice the book in Nate’s hand. He is a true PhD student.
Always trying to find time to study.
Finally got that picture of Chief by the ship in the Visitor’s center.
Finally got a picture of us.
When we come to St. Augustine, is usually just us.
Making it hard to get a picture together.
Not the usual downtown view.
Kat by the water.
Castillo de San Macros
Another shot of the Castillo. In the background you can see a cross.
The Cross is at Mission of Nombre de Dios, the site of the first Catholic Mass in the US.
Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine.
The oldest Catholic Parish in the U.S.
The first mass was celebrated in 1565
Playing with the camera on this shot of the Cathedral.
The Spanish Government House
Kat took this picture of me in the courtyard of the Government House.
Group shot on the cannon
Chief by a stack of cannon balls in the Plaza.
The Big Guy by a stack of cannon balls in the Plaza.
Chief on a cannon in the Plaza.
Kat on the cannon.
Kat & Chief behind the Public Well
Building designed by General Worth.
Namesake of Ft. Worth