Throwback Thursday: A Day at the Beach Revisted

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.

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The Big Guy insisted on taking my picture.

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The Big Guy. Isn’t he cute? Love you Babe.

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The black dots are surfers.
They were about the only ones in the water today.

 

Fortress

Castillo de San MarcosBuilt 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.

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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

Sky Watch Friday: My Latest Project

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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.

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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 differant element of the painting.

Painted on 2 layers of glass. Each layer has a different element of the painting.

My World Tuesday: My World of Contrast

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.

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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.

During the spring and summer it rains most afternoons in Florida.

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

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.

Central Texas in the spring time.

What contrast from where I grew up. Things are green in the spring and then they turn brown.

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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.

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.

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L is for Lighthouse

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

St. Augustine Lighthouse

Fresnel lens

Fresnel lens

Wrench used to fix maintian the lighthouse.

Wrench used to fix maintain the lighthouse.

View from the top.

View from the top.

I know this isn't Sky Watch Friday but check out that fluffy cloud.

I know this isn't Sky Watch Friday but check out those cool clouds.

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SWF Friday: Flagler College

Flagler College is located in the heart of historic St. Augustine, Florida. Flagler College is named for Gilded Age industrialist Henry Flagler.  The historic Hotel Ponce de Leon serves a residence hall and focal point of the campus.  Built by Henry Flagler in 1888 the Hotel Ponce de Leon was an exclusive by invitation only resort. The hotel remained in operation until 1967 when it was sold to the college.  Flagler Collge opened 1968.

Taken using sepia color setting.

Taken using sepia color setting.

Statue of Henry Flagler

Statue of Henry Flagler

The fountain in the courtyard serves as a giant sun dial. Using the turtles and frogs at the bottom of the fountain it is possible to tell time. Also, the sidewalks form a Celtic cross with the fountain as the circle in the center. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good shot of it.

The fountain in the courtyard serves as a giant sun dial. Using the turtles and frogs at the bottom of the fountain it is possible to tell time. Also, the sidewalks form a Celtic cross with the Fountian as the circle in the center. Unforunately, I wasn't able to get a good shot of either.

Designed by Thomas Hastings and John M. Carrere this grand hotel featured pour concrete construction. Hastings and Carrere’s Spanish Renaissance style would be influential throughout Florida for the next half centruy.

Considered on of the premire examples of Spanish Renaissance the Ponce de Leon was one of three Flagler Hotels to survive the Depression

Considered on of the premiere examples of Spanish Renaissance the Ponce de Leon was one of three Flagler Hotels to survive the Depression

The dinning hall features Tiffany glass windows. I know Tiffany glass windows in building just 4 miles from the coast seems risky to me but the glass is protected by plexiglass.  Nothing like the dinning hall from my alma mater.

Tiffany Glass windows

Tiffany Glass windows

The electric lights in the dinning hall were designed by Thomas Edison.

The electric lights in the dinning hall were designed by Thomas Edison.

Murals on the ceiling of the dinning hall.

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Spring Break Day 5

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.

 

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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.

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Finally got that picture of Chief by the ship in the Visitor’s center.

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Finally got a picture of us.
When we come to St. Augustine, is usually just us.
Making it hard to get a picture together.

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Not the usual downtown view.

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Kat by the water.

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Castillo de San Macros

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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.

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Huguenot Cemetery

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Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine.
The oldest Catholic Parish in the U.S.

The first mass was celebrated in 1565

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Playing with the camera on this shot of the Cathedral.

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The Spanish Government House

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Kat took this picture of me in the courtyard of the Government House.

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Group shot on the cannon

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Chief by a stack of cannon balls in the Plaza.

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The Big Guy by a stack of cannon balls in the Plaza.

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Chief on a cannon in the Plaza.

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Kat on the cannon.

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Kat & Chief behind the Public Well

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Building designed by General Worth.
Namesake of Ft. Worth