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Winter Reprieve

Elderly folks sitting along the promenade next to the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA.

GULF SHORES, AL; March 6, 2020 – It was 68° F, there was no ice on the water, but it felt as if there could have been. Young folks were down at the edge of the shoreline, a few wading, some playing volleyball, many just lying in the sun, determined to get a tan before the end of their vacations. But elderly folks sheltered themselves from the northerly wind behind a public building, soaking up the sun’s warmth, glad for the reprieve of shoveling snow back home.

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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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Nuevo Progreso

A sunny Saturday in Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico just across the border from Progreso, Texas. It’s a tourist town catering to Winter Texans who come south to escape the cold winter in the north. Primary businesses are pharmacies and dentist offices. Prescription medicines and dental work are less than half the cost for the same products and services in the U.S.

However, street vendors sell food and trinkets throughout the town. Many of the salespeople are very young children. Although they appear impoverished, popular legend has it that these children and their parents go home at night to beautiful homes in various communities in Texas and  upscale neighborhoods in Reynosa, Mexico.

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Little boy sells chewing gum to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.

 

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Little boy sells backscratchers to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.

 

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Little girl sells trinkets to patrons in an outdoor restaurant.

 

Musicians perform in a cafe

Troubadours perform in a bakery/cafe.

 

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Man sells hooked rugs from a stall on the main street.

 

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Man sells knit hats from a stall on the main street.

 

Waiter prepares flaming Bananas Foster.

Waiter prepares flaming Bananas Foster table-side at Angel’s Restaurant.

 

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Woman prepares nopales (prickly pear cactus leaves) for sale from her stall on the main street.

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Taqueria food cart on the main street.

 

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A Few Photos from the Week

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Seagulls on the Lake Michigan beach

Seagulls stake out their space on the Lake Michigan beach at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon, Michigan.

Sunlit Birch tree leaves in the deep dark forest at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Birch tree reaches for the sunlight in the dense forest at the P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon, Michigan

Wood and steel I-beam supports beneath an old railway bridge in Montague, Michigan.

Ancient wood timbers and steel I-beams support an old railway bridge over the White River at Montague, Michigan

A field of wildflowers on a cloudy day in Montague, Michigan

A field of wildflowers on a cloudy day in Montague, Michigan

An elderly couple enjoy an intimate lunch at Ferguson Park in Okemos, Michigan.

An elderly couple enjoys an intimate lunch at Ferguson Park in Okemos, Michigan.

The Red Cedar River

Hagrid’s place on the Red Cedar River

package on the front steps of a residence in Okemos, Michigan

Unsigned package delivery in Okemos, Michigan.

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