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Gallery Night, Downtown Pensacola, FL

Sidewalk Cafe in downtown Pensacola on Gallery Night.

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Every third Friday of the month, Pensacola, Florida hosts Gallery Night. Downtown streets are closed to vehicular traffic at 5 p.m. when residents and visitors are invited for free events, such as an art fair, and live music on the streets. Many restaurants offer sidewalk cafe’s in the shade of Live Oak and Sycamore trees.

I went to see the 26th annual Power of Photography show (a spectacular photography exhibit) and was pleasantly surprised to see all the activity going on in town. Vendors along Government Street offer for sale very nice arts & crafts, there is free music everywhere, and many businesses offer special prices on drinks. The official party ends at 9 p.m., but most bars and restaurants stay open much later in the evening.

The photo was taken outside Carmen’s restaurant on South Palafox Street shortly after the festivities began. I rendered it in brown tones because it just felt like an old-time community event.

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Blossoming Prickly Pear

Despite its incredibly fierce passive/aggressive defense, the Prickly Pear Cactus sprouts a very delicate flower about this time every spring. These are a few growing around the perimeter of the Snow to Sun RV Resort’s leash-free dog park and birding center. Prickly Pear blossoms begin opening in the Rio Grande Valley late March. By the end of June to the middle of July tunas will be ripe for harvest and turned into a delicious wine.

Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms

Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

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Some of My Favorite Places

My favorite place is wherever I am…or, most often, someplace else.

Regardless, those places always include green trees, water, moderately warm temperatures, and frequently – adult beverages.

Man tasting wine in a winery

My brother, Charlie, proprietor of Victor Alexander Winery, Bainbridge Island, WA

Lake Michigan shore near Montague, MI

Lake Michigan shore near Montague, MI

Northwest Plains and Mountains

Northwest Plains and Mountains

Sunset at Orange Beach, Alabama

Sunset at Orange Beach, Alabama

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Texas

Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, Texas

Wharf and Ferris Wheel at Seattle, Washington.

Wharf and Ferris Wheel at Seattle, Washington.

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