Blue Ridge Mountains

Heading home via the Blue Ridge Mountains

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine lighthouse
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Florida aligator in Lake Tarpon- Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs

Stern of old sponge diving boat- Tarpon Springs Florida
taken with my cellphone

The Don

The famous Don Cesar resort- St Pete Beach Florida
taken with my celphone

Clearwater Beach Sunset

Sunset on Clearwater Beach Florida. We are having a great time!
taken with my cellphone

A trip to Disney World

A day at Disney World
taken with my cellphone

I'm on the Beach

Currently at the beach in Florida!
taken with my cellphone

Fulton County Round Barn Festival

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Larry Paxton Round Barn
Fulton County Indiana Museum

It was the Round Barn Festival in Rochester, Indiana this weekend. I missed the actual festival, so I wasn't able to go on the tour of nine round barns (the most in a single county in the US), but I managed to find a couple the next day that were on the tour and just explored them myself.

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Jerry Calloway Round Barn with Animals Depicted on Roof
Fulton/Miami Indiana County Line

This is the Calloway barn, built in 1915. It's 80 feet in diameter with a 50 foot tall silo in the center of the building.


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Rubio Woods
Cook County, Illinois

Cicada Invation!

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Perodical Cicada
Bachelor's Grove Cemetery

Every 16 or 17 years, the northern Illinois area is swarmed by cicadas. Areas that have or had mature trees are hit heaviest. The cicadas emerge from a 16 year underground larvae stage and burrow up onto the surface to dry out and molt. Once they shed their "skin" their wings grow and dry out in about an hour, then they take flight up to the tree tops where they call for a mate. The cicada's call is the loud, buzzing sound you hear in the summer, but here where there are millions and millions of cicadas, it's almost too loud to think! The combined call sounds like a whaling fire alarm in the forest!

They only live for two weeks, just enough time to mate and lay eggs that will hatch, burrow underground and feed for the next 16 years.

Parts of the woods are literally covered in live cicadas and their skins. You can't walk around without one landing on you. No worries, the cicada does not have any mouth parts or stingers, so they're harmless.
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Cicada on Mike's Neck

Distant Skyline

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Chicago Skyline seen from Mt. Baldy
Michigan City, Indiana

Storm clouds break up and make way for some evening sunlight over Lake Michigan.

Mt. Baldy is a 125 foot tall sand dune in Michigan City, Indiana, and is part of the National Lakeshore.