Deer in the Enchanted Forest

Deer in the Enchanted Forest

That seemed like a catchy title, so I went with it!

Alas, there are no actual deer in this forest. Let me explain…

I did a photo feature in mid-September about a little oasis of tranquility close to my neighborhood and about 200 yards from one of Central Florida’s busiest highways.

It’s just a patch of serene and unspoiled nature, and it’s situated on the southern edge of a development known as “Deerfield”.

As I took a second look at the photos I shot on that lovely September afternoon, two more  pix jumped out at me faster than a frolicking fawn on a frosty February morn!

The first is the lovely banner photo you saw when you clicked over just now.

And the second one is the beautiful and bucolic image you see below.

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I hope you find some beauty in your world today. Maybe in an unexpected place. Maybe even close to home.

I hope you take a second look at something familiar and see something of great value. Something, perhaps, that you’d passed over before.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy!

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy!

If you read much news and you’re pay attention to anything relating to ecology, no doubt you’ve heard that bees are not having such an easy time these days.

It’s not so easy to be a bee, trying to live, thrive and survive!

So much has been and is being written about it. I’m not going to try to add anything original to the discussion

I did, however, come across an interesting article recently which talks about one group in the Netherlands that is working towards making it easier for bees to work their magic.

I recommend the feature highly. It’s from NBC News and will only take about two minutes of your time today.

If you’re inclined to dig just a bit deeper and get some very good practical tips on how you can do your part, you’ll find some great info here.

I have read quite a bit on the subject and without “beeing” Debbie Downer, I will say that the outlook for bees and for anything related to protecting the natural world and our environment is not so good.

But having some practical tips at hand is a very good thing to help any of us who’re concerned and paying attention in our efforts to get things moving in a better direction.

 

 

“Beedog Ben” Basile

 

Ben is not the owner of this fine photo. He found it here.

 

Only One Breakfast Choice Today

Only One Breakfast Choice Today

I found out last night that today is National Pancake Day. So, of course, this puppy was going to have pancakes for breakfast no matter what!

As it turned out, I had no milk in the house, so I ended up at my favorite eatery in the whole wide world. That would be Cracker Barrel.

Here’s the disclosure: I do work there, so you might think that’s what’s behind my glowing recommendation.

But that’s not the case. I did not come to love it after working there; I work there because I loved the place.

I love everything about it. The food, the distinctive Southern theme and ambience. The consistently excellent service. Love it all.

And the yummy pancakes are a part of that!

Now, it doesn’t matter at all how or where you celebrate National Pancake Day! I care not one whit about that. IHOP and Perkins would also be excellent choices today!

But you must shove pancake matter and some awesome flavor of syrup into your pie hole before the clock strikes midnight!

You simply must!

And if you’re not sure where you want to get in on the fun, remember Cracker Barrel is open until 10 PM and we serve breakfast right up until we turn off the grill!

 

 

Full of pancakes and contentment, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Additional note: this blog posting is based on my own impressions and opinions of a well-known and well-loved American restaurant chain and is not any kind of official communication from CBOCS Inc.

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Meet my new gull friend

Meet my new gull friend

My beach trip from last Thursday was good. It was one of those trips where I came back with so many photos that I’m not quite sure what I’d like to feature on the blog.

But I’m thinking this one’s an easy choice to give a quick impression of what was a pretty good shoot.

Sea gulls and the stuff gulls like to do can definitely help a shutterbug like me when I’m looking for content.

They came through for me on this trip.

There are times when I’d swear they’re trying to help me capture the magic.

There are occasions when I’d swear the gull-gods have turned their backs on me for good.

Well, this gull loves me. And I feel the same.

I know she’s winging her way somewhere beachside right now.

I’m turning over those daily entries on the calendar I carry around in my head, trying to settle on a suitable day to get back to that spot, to see if I can find her again.

My camera will be ready.

 

 

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

 

 

© 2018 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Benjamin Basile

Beauty in the ‘burbs!

Beauty in the ‘burbs!

It’s such a marvelous thing when you find amazing natural beauty in unexpected places.

About two miles from the neighborhood where I live is a web of subdivisions all tagged with the Deerfield name. There are four or five different subs all told; it’s a fairly large development.

On the southern fringe of the complex–yes, off Deerfield Drive–the developers created a large urban wetland that rivals any natural space I’ve seen in Central Florida.

It’s quite beautiful and I’ve often thought that the area would be prime for a photo shoot.

Well, one day last week, I finally got off my fanny and took about 150 shots.

I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Here’s another shot I like a lot. At this point, I was probably fewer than 40 or 50 steps into this lovely space.

It’s too much fun when you’re taking pix to play tricks with shadow and light. I love to shoot in early morning or come out to catch those last two hours of daylight in order to have the most fun possible with shadows.

I’ll get one more in before I publish this post and get on with some “other stuff” that’s calling out for my attention this afternoon. This one captures for me that feeling of blossoming serenity that filled me when I first walked up on this wonderful oasis of tranquility that sits less than a quarter mile from busy John Young Parkway in southern Orange County.

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May you be blessed with some serene scenes and moments of intense tranquility today.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credits Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

Searching for the Meaning of Life

Searching for the Meaning of Life

This brief blog entry simply cannot be appreciated or understood unless you’ve cast your eyes over the accompanying photo. And, yes, I took the pic myself. No issues about ownership, copyrights or any such thing. And, if you must know, this humble sign adorns the north wall of the bar in my fave barbecue joint. In my fave beach town.

Having gotten the preliminary stuff out of the way, let me state for the record that I do not believe that the true meaning of life can be found in this lighthearted aphorism; it’s merely there to keep the wall from looking bare and, perhaps, to amuse the drunks who spend way too much time and money reading silly plaques tacked to the walls of our many infamous watering holes here in the Sunshine State.

The message of that damned sign does not seem to grow more profound with each lager lifted to my lips. I’ve never shared this barroom bromide with friends, nor incorporated it into an update on Facebook. (No need going to my Facebook page to verify that statement!)

Let’s be real. Life’s true meaning cannot be divined by reading this sign no matter how much beer you’ve quaffed.  I just like it because, as I stand right on the threshold of qualifying for social security, I think it just might be true! Not sure my doctor would vouch for that, but, it could be!

Now I think I’ll ponder that message one more time as I order one more beer…  Ashley!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

This gem is coming back around because today’s National Beer Lover’s Day. It debuted back in July of 2016. It’s NBLD and it’s a Friday. No better day to enjoy a cold beer!

© 2016 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile